A keen dinghy and keel boat sailor, I have worked in the maritime sector for over 30 years , the last 20 in front line search and rescue and vessel survey and inspection. Prior to this I was fortunate to be able to make a living sailing other peoples yachts, and managed to complete several transatlantic crossings and sailed to and from various Mediterranean ports.
Having "messed about in boats" a bit while at school, I started sailing seriously as a student on Rolls-Royce's 55' sail training ketch, Merlin of Clyde, and quickly got the bug. I have now been yacht racing, fairly successfully, as crew and occasional helm for more than 30 years and have done a fair amount of cruising, mostly in the Mediterranean.
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!
I learned to sail with the Largs SC cadets in the 1960's, when the Club was at its previous location in John Street, launching off the slipway at Cairnie's Quay. The cadets then were nothing like as well organised or extensive as the LSTA today!
Bitten by the sailing bug whist working in Marseille and sailing on a colleague’s 42ft racing Jeanneau off the coast of Genoa, I finally started learning to sail myself out of Port Edgar on the Firth of Forth in my late 30's.
Winter Sun to Summer Sun: Summer Sun to Winter Sun
Fri 17th Apr 2015
Stuart and Ann Lettons' Adventures on an Island Packet 45' yacht from Spain to the Lofoten Islands in Norway, participation in the ARC and visiting the Cape Verdes and Bahamas.
Buffet prepared by Guest Chef Jim from 1900 hrs. Talk commences 2000hrs
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Another chance to cruise in company, West of Kintyre
Sun 30th Aug 2015 to Sun 6th Sep 2015
Join us for the second extended cruise in company, when we aim to circumnaviagte Kintyre. This can include passage through Crinan Canal, visits to Jura, Islay, Gigha and Rathlin, as well as passage around the Mull of Kintyre
A 2 week cruise to destinations beyond the Firth of Clyde
Sat 6th Jun 2015 to Sun 21st Jun 2015
A very popular confidence builder, join members of the cruising section of the club in an extended cruise in company. Over a 2 week period we aim to get West of Kintyre, exploring the Hebrides, Mull, Skye and beyond. Musters will be planned in agreed ports and passages will include Crinan Canal and the Mull of Kintyre. if you have more time available, there will be the chance to join in cruising beyond June 21st to destinations agreed by all taking part... or simply meeting up with club members as they cruise the beautiful West Coast of Scotland.
2 day cruise in company with overnight stay in a destination on the Firth of Clyde
Sat 26th Sep 2015 to Sun 27th Sep 2015
The closing muster for the 2015 season! Anyone interested in taking part in this cruise should contact the coordinator, announced at least 2 weeks before the event. We meet in the clubhouse at 0930 on Saturday to agree destination, plan our passage according to wind and weather and decide the evening social programme.
A 2 day cruise with an overnight stop in a destination on the Firth of Clyde
Sat 15th Aug 2015 to Sun 16th Aug 2015
Anyone interested in taking part in this cruise should contact the coordinator, announced at least 2 weeks before the event. we meet in the clubhouse at 0930 on Saturday to agree destination, plan our passage according to wind and weather and decide the evening social programme.