Sailing Convener - Howard Smallwood

The sailing convener is responsible for organising the running of the racing at LSC, and is a good initial contact if you are interested in taking part.

I first ventured afloat, aged 9, in a clinker dinghy with a faded brown lugsail. By the time I was twelve I'd built a Mirror dinghy and soon after was lucky enough to be racing a Merlin-Rocket off Shoreham and had managed to win my first race!

Whilst at University in Southampton I crewed on various ocean racing yachts and managed to acquire a very early Unicorn Catamaran - and my first wet suit! I also met and married Jacqui - who has had to endure boats ever since!

Lucky chap, I then got a job with a dredging company and found myself jumping around on tugs and barges, brandishing a sextant - no GPS in those days! On one of these tugs I met up with its young skipper, Dirk Kuyt, and soon after we had all moved to Wemyss Bay and started our own tug and workboat business.

In the early 80's , with our good friend Dave Clark, Dirk and I set our sights on building a yacht marina and were granted planning permission for the classic, cut and fill dredging project, which is now, one million tonnes of sand later, Largs Yacht Haven.

After a few years racing a Laser at Largs  I decided I was too old for dinghies so Jacqui and I bought our first small yacht and the family 'enjoyed' several years of juggling cruising and racing in a variety of unsuitable boats! Latterly we have discovered the joys of deck saloons - perfect for the Scottish summer!

During the mid 90s I had my first sailing lessons when I signed on for some very enjoyable evening classes with George Rich, ending up with my Yachtmaster Offshore certificate. Legal at last!

Move on another ten years and I rediscovered the joys of dinghy sailing at Largs, first in a Laser and latterly in catamarans. There's always something new to learn - for me it now seems to be Ribs!

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