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09 June 2019GBC Regatta 8th 9th June 2019
This is the first year we have tried a new date for the Annual Regatta.
Conditions turned out to be very favourable & we had a total of 15 dinghies taking part over the 2 days.
Overall results were:-
1. Challenge Trophy for Overall Points, Loch Carron Sailing Club.
2. Round the Island sponsored by Badachro Distillery; Morven MacLean, Gairloch.
3. Slow Handicap races overall winner; Lachlann Tippett, Gairloch Boat Club.
4. Fast Handicap winners, Steve LC, Morven, GBC, Jenny, LC.
5. Friendship Quaich; Invergordon Sailing Club, Martyn & Sandra Crawshaw.
Full results of each race & overall results have been published on the GBC website (drop down menu under the Sailing tab) & Facebook page, along with photos & videos of all the action.
Thanks to Martin for taking on the role of Race Officer, Alistair, Peter T for recording the Race Times, Duncan for Sailwave Race Results & help with Launching & Recovery, all the volunteers who helped with Catering, Janet, Fiona, Dyllis, Jean & Janet Mac, Safety Boat cover from Bob, Chris, Bill & John, loan of Committee Boat by Peter Townson & all the preparations beforehand.
25 May 2019Push The Boat Out 2019
Saturday 25th May Gairloch Boat Club offered Taster Sessions on Dinghies & the Gairloch Skiff "Longa".
Weather - overcast with drizzle and little wind.
Perfect for those trying it for the first time.
Lots of GBC volunteers turned out to support the event for which we are all very grateful.
There was an abundance of baking including pancakes, tea and coffee were on offer.
For taster sessions we had a total of 5 folk.
Thanks to Nicky Hayes for lending us her gazebo. It meant we could be outside the Club House in the dry! Thanks also to Peter and Dyllis for taking folk out in their Wayfarer despite the often becalmed conditions, and to Bob who provided safety cover & a ferry service to the dinghies.
19 April 2019GBC Table Top Sale Fri 19th April 2019
Thanks to the Community Hall for organising the Table Top Sale.
The weather today was so good, it kept the visitor numbers to the Gairloch Community Hall lower, but we still managed a steady stream of customers for the huge array of Baking & Plants contributed by Club Members.
The contributions in Baking, Gardening and Time spent running the Table Top Sale was enormous. Special thanks to Peter & Dyllis for suggesting that GBC take a Table at this event and then thanks to Jean with the Pancake making, Cameron and Mary for the Plants, Morven, Fiona, Gillian, Janet & Phil for setting up and selling all the goodies. (I hope I haven't missed anyone out.)
THEN, when the Event closed we all decamped to the Boat Club and set up outside the Club House. Both locals and visitors were encouraged to buy and eat the pancakes and baking.
Very special thanks to Lachlann for helping us so fantastically and then coming down to the Boat Club to continue selling. Thanks to all the folk who bought the fabulous goodies.
Everything was sold and the grand total raised for GBC Funds was £187.20. The money will help us to continue to develop the sailing opportunities for the Members of GBC.
Photos can be seen on our Facebook page as usual - click here
14 April 2019Sunday sailing 14th April 2019
Sunday morning started bright with gusty winds, sometimes to 22 knots.
Iona coped extremely well with the gusty conditions.
Cameron, Morven & Cameron were flying along across the Gairloch Bay.
Photos and three video clips are now on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/GairlochBoatClub
24 March 2019Work Party
Today, Sunday 24th March, we wanted to prepare the Club's Safety Boats & Dinghies for the Sailing Season ahead.
The weather clearly had other ides; howling winds, sleet, then bright sunshine.
We managed to get the Safety Boats to the Pontoon in readiness for the Season's first sailing session on Sunday 31st March, weather permitting!
All the 17 helpers did fabulous work checking and preparing everything and were sustained by BBQ food including home made baking, thanks to Fiona, Janet and Carol. The Showers were given a good clean too, thanks to Dyllis & Jean..
The photos - in the gallery - give some idea of the weather today with choppy waters.
2019 we plan Topper Race Coaching, Juniors Beginners, RYA Push The Boat Out which will include the Gairloch Skiff Club and EweCanoe Canoes and Kayaks, Annual Challenge Regatta and other courses.
We need to bring in Qualified Instructors as we haven't any ourselves although we do several very experienced sailors.
We also have a band of about 6 Juniors who continue to enjoy and develop their sailing skills.
Here's hoping for a season of great sailing with lots of other like-minded folk.
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