Largs Sailing Club
Largs Sailing Club is located in Largs Yacht Haven, just to the south of the town of Largs. Our modern clubhouse has fantastic views over the Largs Channel. The Club organises a range of activities for all ages and abilities, from the teaching of beginners by the LSTA to hosting large national and world championship events. We also run regular racing for dinghies and keelboats, and have an active cruising section that organises cruises in company around the Clyde and the west of Scotland, and holds regular talks and skills workshops.
Members can also hire our facilities for anything from a business meeting to a wedding - all including our unequalled panoramic view!
See a small section of the view from our balcony and check the weather by viewing the LYH/LSC WebCam.
Together with the Yachthaven and ss part of the RYA Push the Boat out the club is running an open day on Sunday 19 May. A chance to introduce new people to the club and to sailing, so bring your friends down to the club and get them on the water. All you need is a sense of adventure, a change of clothes and a towel to discover a new hobby.
- The Public are welcome to visit the club and find out what we are all about from 10am to 4pm
- There will be sailing, and windsurfing taster sessions through the day.
- For sailing all you need will be some warm clothes and some soft shoes that you don't mind getting wet.
- Regestration for sessions will be downstairs in the clubhouse.
- The sailing sessions will be run with an experianced sailor, or instructor in the boat, you can expect to get wet feet but that should be it.
- Windsurfing taster sessions will also be run from the club slip, a wetsuit would be adviseable.
- There is also a new members Welcome function from 4-6 PM
This edition of the e-news focuses on the magnificent effort by over 100 club members at the recent (and very successful) RYA Youth Championships.
First, however, a brief reminder of happenings and upcoming events at the club:
- John Connelly has accepted the position of rear commodore, with special responsibility for house matters
- Steven Low has been appointed as our bar steward, assisted by Karon Wylie
- we are now on summer hours - open every evening, and lunchtime from Tuesday onwards. Opening hours:
Steven and Karon are developing a menu of bar snacks, including sandwiches and soup, pizzas, paninis, and toasties. They also plan to offer hot pasta after racing.
Other topics and dates for your diary include:
- LSC/LSTA training opportunities – all ages – see body of e-news re measures to improve the integration between the training and racing
- LSTA training:
- 17th April – 1st race training session (now Wednesdays)
- 18th April – 1st Thursday cadet session
- Adult learn to sail training (8 evening sessions) – starts 6th May, or weekend courses 27 April, 25 May, and 8 June
- OYT Scotland AGM - Friday 19th April, 12 noon. Buffet lunch. Also naming of new training vessel Alba Volunteer at 1430
- Cruising group - west coast cruise planning meeting, Friday 19th April - 7 p.m.
- Cruising group - weekend cruise in company - this weekend - Saturday / Sunday 20 / 21st April - Lochranza or Lamlash. Meet in clubhouse 0930 Saturday
- Discount card - some cards have still to be collected - please save our time and the club's funds from posting them (50p a time ...)! Please collect from the office.
- Club racing - our club racing season is now under way, continuing on Wednesdays, and Sundays.
- First "Special Sunday" on 5th May - we will repeat the popular team racing day from last year, with morning practice, and a mini-tournament in the afternoon.
- Open Day - Sunday 19th May - our opportunity to get people afloat, and recruit new members. More soon. Help will be required, please!
Much more on the above in the attached full e-news.
The annual jazz extravaganza on the Isle of Bute took place from May 3rd to 6th and four boats from the cruising group, Claymore, Corshyecan, Bethany and Nimbus, made the annual pilgrimage across the water to take part in the festivities.
The plan to leave Largs on Friday May 3rd was thwarted by high winds and persistent rain although Claymore took advantage of a brief lull in the weather and got over to Port Bannatyne in time for a visit to the Festival box office in Rothesay to secure copies of the programme. The rest of the group, joined by the skippers of Night Owl and Inclination, enjoyed an extremely sociable Friday evening in the clubhouse, where there was a muster for the 12 or so boats taking part in the annual Tarbert challenge, this year sponsored by Apache.
Bethany left early on Saturday morning to catch the Festival parade in Rothesay and Corshyecan followed over, arriving Port Bannatyne around midday. Joined by crew from Edinburgh, we all made our way into Rothesay and mustered at the Struan bar. where an open folk session was in full swing. Following a good meal in the Black Bull, we all went off in different directions, sampling a good selection of jazz, only to meet up on the last bus back to Port Bannatyne….which proved to be an equally sociable affair.
After exploring the meaning of life over bacon and banana rolls on Sunday morning, Claymore and Corshyecan set off for Largs, with good but increasing winds and light rain and we arrived back in Largs before the real weather set in. All in all, a sociable weekend with good music, company and sailing.
Always wanted to learn to sail? Or perhaps friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues etc might want to get afloat? Largs SC, through our training arm the Largs Sail Training Association, offers courses for adults, younger members, and windsurfers.
Adult learn to sail courses - evenings, or weekends:
- evenings - 8 evening sessions, Mondays, from 6th May
- weekends - 27/28 April, 25/26 May, and 8/9 June
- cost £100, which includes temporary membership of LSC, and can be deducted from your full annual cost of membership if you wish to continue in this great and social sport
Junior / cadet learn to sail courses - there are still a few places left for this season:
- beginners - Thursday evening, Saturday morning
- intermediate - Thursday evening, Saturday afternoon
- advanced - Thursday evening, Saturday afternoon
- senior - Monday evening
- race training (all levels) - Wednesday evening
- participants must be members of LSC (cadet membership is £70), and pay sailing fees (£37.50 per half year block - £32.50 for two or more family members participating)
Windsurfing - beginners, and T15 training:
- beginners - Saturday morning or afternoon
- Team 15 night - Tuesday evening
- beginners courses include all kit except wet suit and footwear. Participants must be members of LSC (cadet membership is £70), and pay sailing fees (£37.50 per half year block - £32.50 for two or more family members participating)
See the attached posters for more information, and If want to enquite further please go to the LSTA's web site (www.lsta.org.uk) for booking information.
The days are getting longer, so thoughts must be turning to balmy evenings at anchor around the Clyde, or up the magnificent west coast of Scotland
Join our active and very sociable cruising group either on weekends around the Clyde, or our extended cruise up the west coast, in late May to early June.
See the attached programme
LYH berth holders who are not members of the Club are welcome to join in a cruise or two, to enjoy our cruising in company experience, and we have
programmed some Taster Cruises specifically for this.
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