The Club Cruising Group was formed in 2007 to encourage keelboat and motor cruiser owners to explore various destinations within the Clyde area and beyond in the company of others to build confidence in a convivial atmosphere.
From the beginning of April through to the end of September, a series of weekend cruises are offered with musters planned by members around the Clyde and its surrounding lochs and Islands. These often take in important festivals such as the Bute Jazz Festival (May) and Tarbert Seafood Festival (July). All cruises start with a meeting in the Clubhouse on either Friday evening or Saturday morning to agree destinations and the all-important social programme. We hold a weather check and safety briefing at this meeting, agreeing our VHF working channel and exchanging mobile phone numbers of all participants. All weekend cruises are advertised in the Club e-news and will be posted on this page in due course. A guidance document for cruise coordinators, compiled with the help of the club safety convenor, is attached below.
At least twice a year, we undertake a longer Cruise in Company, for 1, 2 or 3 weeks (or longer!) depending on members' availability. Designed to share the experience of navigating the waters west of the Mull of Kintyre, and Ardnamurchan, and passage planning around the tidal seas of the Mull of Kintyre and West Coast of Scotland, these cruises are agreed and planned by those wishing to take part on a year to year basis. They are usually beyond the Clyde and in recent years have taken in Northern Ireland, the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Western and Small Isles as well as Crinan Canal.
In the winter months we take the opportunity to brush up on our shore based knowledge with a series of talks geared towards both educating and entertaining. These take place on Sunday afternoon in the Hems Kalis room of the Clubhouse. Talks are advertised on the Club Calendar. We also hold social evenings where members can come and hear talks from friends and colleagues and share their own experiences with a buffet supper and bar service. These are advertised in the Club e-news and will also be posted on the calendar.