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Clyde Cru

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Tidelines

APRIL 2013

Port Mor, Muck with Rhum in the background. Photo by Gillian Dinsmore

COMMODORE’S REPORT

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pring is here and by now many boats will be back in the water looking spick and span, ready – more or less – for the new sailing season. The Opening Muster will be upon us at the end of the month and there is a fun filled calendar of events to suit all members’ tastes as you will see as you work your way through Tidelines and the new Yearbook. The winter months have seen a very successful group of lectures with good numbers turning out even in bad weather – some 65 members and guests appeared and enjoyed Patrick Trust’s talk about his voyage across the Atlantic crewing on Bill Munro’s Boarding Pass 2. Work in the various committees has continued over the winter to ensure plans are well in place for the cruising musters and racing events. As you will expect many of the favourites are repeated but please note some changes in date especially for the Ailsa Craig Race (it ought to be warmer this year!) and for the Ladies’ and Juniors’ Race at Port Bannatyne. Scottish Series planning is well advanced and I am very pleased to tell you that discussions lead by Event Chairman Stephen Bennie have resulted in securing funding from MalinWaters for the ‘on the water’ costs of the event which are substantial given the depth of and the general logistics of running racing on Loch Fyne. In addition with much help from James Stuart of RYA Scotland, Event Scotland has provided funding to bring in Luke Patience as SS Event Ambassador and he will also be racing at Tarbert. Most of the support sponsors from last year have returned although currently we have not yet found a headline sponsor. A great deal of effort has gone into that search already but any constructive suggestions from members would be appreciated and they will be followed up. Racing at Scottish Series will consist of a similar mix to last year with triangle and windward/leeward courses as well as coastal races including the MalinWaters Race i.e. the Round Inch’ Race

which was so popular last year. Every type of boat is expected from hi-tech Commodore John Watson IRC yachts through the CYCA handicap Photo by Adby Creative fleet with spinnaker and non-spinnaker classes to One Designs such as the new J70 and the perennial Sonata Class which will be having its Scottish Championships over the weekend. In other words there is something for everyone so please do come along and join in the fun. After the very successful 2012 event we seriously hope to see a decent increase in entry numbers. The Blue Water Race and entry form are now on the Club’s website along with information for those going to Dublin and Brittany in the Cruise in Company. Thereafter there is every chance that several yachts will cruise in company for a few days on the Brittany Coast before heading for the Scilly Isles and the voyage back to Scotland. Sign up on the website entry form whether you wish to race or prefer simply to join in for the musters. It could be quite a party! The Dinghy Section continues to celebrate its 80th Anniversary this summer with a party in June and a busy season of racing and training. The Bardowie Club and three of its members were nominated for RYA Scotland awards, a great achievement. The DS will soon take delivery of two new Access Dinghies, the cost of which will be covered by donations from members and others thank you to all those who have donated so far but in particular I would like to offer our very grateful thanks to the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow who have agreed to donate the whole cost of one boat which will be named at Bardowie in June. Edward Mason, Editor of the Sailing Directions, and Bob Bradfield (of Antares Charts) together gave an excellent lecture recently to members - both do a huge amount of voluntary work on the Scottish coast for the benefit of cruising yachtsmen and all concerned.

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COMMODORE’S REPORT Cont... I would like to remind members that Imray have now published Edward’s revised Outer Hebrides Sailing Directions which are available from Jennifer in the office. Well done again to Edward on another superb production - very colourful with lots of photographs so a great read at home as well as invaluable when cruising. I look forward to seeing many of you over the sailing season whether racing, cruising or at the musters near or farther afield. Wishing you all good fun afloat and fair winds – especially for the Blue Water! John Watson, Commodore.

BIG BOOST FOR THIS YEAR’S SCOTTISH SERIES EventScotland is the latest to announce their support for the Scottish Series, now in its 39th year. With the support of EventScotland, Luke Patience, Olympic medallist in 2012, has signed up as ambassador for this year’s event. Luke announced his involvement at the RYA Scotland’s Big Weekend in February. As well as helping to promote the Scottish Series in the run up to the event Luke will be competing on a Bavaria B/one sports boat, supplied by DDZ Marine during the event in May. Luke is enthusiastic about the event and his involvement; “The Scottish Series is such an important and fantastic event. It brings together hard racing in a challenging and scenic venue and the chance to meet up with the some old friends for a wee dram after a long day. To have kept this event going for so many years is testament to our passion for the sea and I hope the Scottish Series will continue for many more years. I really hope my involvement will inspire youngsters to take up sailing and be part of this event in the future.” Scottish Series Chairman, Stephen Bennie said: “We are delighted that Luke has agreed to be our ambassador and will be competing in the regatta in May. His recent success at the Olympics is a great encouragement to young sailors of the future. His involvement in the Scottish Series will attract many competitors and spectators to the beautiful village of Tarbert to enjoy the stunning scenery and spectacular sailing in Loch Fyne. We are looking forward to seeing Luke out on the water and ashore to meet people and lend support during the event.” Luke’s involvement in the Scottish Series is supported by EventScotland through the ‘Year of Natural Scotland’. Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The Scottish Series has always been a key event in showcasing Scotland as the perfect stage for sailing and in the Year of Natural Scotland there is no better time to welcome Luke Patience as an ambassador for the event. His passion and dedication to his sport is hugely engaging and I am confident that he will inspire the next generation of sailors and encourage us all to enjoy Scotland’s breath-taking natural environment.” Paul continues “The ‘Year of Natural Scotland’ began on 1 January 2013 and ends at Hogmanay 2013. It includes an exciting programme of events and activities for Scottish people and visitors to enjoy. This year is an opportunity to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s outstanding natural beauty, landscapes and biodiversity and it will build on the momentum created by the previous focus years as we progress towards Homecoming 2014 and beyond.”

Luke Patience (L) sitting beside Stephen Bennie and John Watson on top of the new Bavaria b/One which Luke will be sailing at Tarbert. The photo was taken by Rob Eaton-Jones at the Inverclyde Sports Centre at Largs where the RYA Big Weekend was being held and where his involvement with Scottish Series was announced.

The Scottish Series 2013 Notice of Race, IRC and CYCA handicap links, and entry details are on www. scottishseries.com. Penny French

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Dinghysection The CCCDS featured highly at the recent RYA Scotland Big Weekend, sharing a stand with CCC to promote ourselves and the Scottish Series. The Club and individual members were short listed for a number of awards and Rachel Mawer won the gold medal for the Optimist girls in Scotland RYA ranking and Hamish Taylor won the silver medal for boys. Congratulations to all. The Big Weekend featured many activities and workshops covering all aspects of sailing and was attended by a number of our members with Helen Kirk making a presentation on Fund Raising. Although there is no Club sailing over the winter, there has nonetheless been a great deal of activity. The Universities have continued to sail, the clubhouse has been used for various functions, and a lot of work has been undertaken. Luddon Construction has been on site to extend the dinghy park to provide much needed extra space at its western end, to clear and level ground adjoining the car park for extra boat storage space, and to build a completely new quay to replace the old one in front of the old clubhouse. Over and above this the drain at the entrance to the Club carpark which was damaged and causing flooding has been repaired and the car park reinstated. Following on from the successful trial last summer we have ordered two Access Dinghies which we anticipate will assist more members with mobility issues to participate in the Club’s sailing activities. As always there has been a high demand for places in evening classes and Senior Instructors in charge of each evening will endeavour to accommodate requests. However, in some cases it may not be possible to provide a place and it is hoped that members understand that there are insurance and RYA requirements which dictate the numbers in each class. In preparation for all the training at the Club the instructing team will meet for a day of continuing personal development and a chance to get together to share ideas. The powerboats are being made ready for action by Derek McLean and his team of helpers. Derek has taken over from Gordon Deas who for many years has almost single handedly overseen the servicing of engines and maintenance of all the powerboats. John McGruer, Chief Bosun, will be organizing some work parties in order to get all the dinghies ready for use and we hope that members will come along to help. Anyone who would like to be involved with boat maintenance on a regular basis would be very welcome. Peter Knowles, our Clubhouse Convenor, would also be very grateful for any assistance as there are many tasks around the clubhouse and grounds which may be undertaken by members. All Club activities including maintenance of all the boats and facilities, training, the diner, stewarding, race organisation, and all the other tasks necessary to the running of the Club are carried out entirely by volunteers who do a fantastic

Bardowie helpers. Photo by Clive Reeves

amount of work. It is due to them that members are able to enjoy all that the Club has to offer. However if you think that you can give some time to assist in any way, the committee would be very grateful. Even an hour in the diner or working on the dinghy fleet could make a difference. The winter tasks are now almost complete and we are looking forward to the new season and the celebration of our 80th anniversary this summer, with various events being planned around this. See page 8 for details. Stewarding, racing and training all begin in April. Dates of events and a list of committee members will be published in The Yearbook as well as on the blue card. Remember to check the website and your emails for updates. In the meantime here are a few dates for the diary. (Note there are some changes from those on the blue card.) 6th April

Work party to get boats ready for season

11th April

1st evening race

15th April

Evening classes start

15th June

80th anniversary event

If you require any information regarding the CCC Dinghy Section contact Jennifer Rolland at CCC office. office@clyde.org or 0141 221 2774 I look forward to seeing you all at Bardowie this season! Jim Graham, Captain CCCDS

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All photos by Barrie Waugh

Dodging ferries in Dublin Bay

BLUE WATER EVENT Cruise or Race to Benodet with a pint of Guinness on the way? Clyde Cruising Club are starting this season’s Blue Water Event from Troon on Friday July 5th starting at 2050 hours. Boats taking part are offered a free overnight berth by Troon Yacht Haven on Thursday July 4th. Boats wishing to cruise may start earlier if they do not wish to sail overnight but all boats and crew have to be registered with the Club so notify office@clyde.org if you would like to participate. The first leg is to Dun Laoghaire where the Royal St.George Yacht Club is offering temporary membership and use of the facilities with a muster and buffet dinner on Sunday. July 7th. Berthing will be available at a cost of 2.40 euros/m on the Saturday and Sunday evenings with all the services that you would expect from a marina on the pontoon. The Club claims to serve the best pint of Guinness in Ireland!

Bay and beach at Benodet.

Yachts will restart on the second leg to Benodet at 1050 hours on Monday July 8th but yachts wishing to cruise may leave earlier. There is a coach service from Dublin airport which stops opposite the Club and is convenient for any crew changes. The Royal Southern Yacht Club and RAF Yacht Club have asked if they can join from the South Coast of England and we should be able to enjoy their company once we are berthed in Penfoul Marina. We hope that more yachts from our sister clubs, the RCC and ICC will come along too. In addition several members of CCC who keep their yachts on the West Coast of France are intending to join us. The Royal Southern Yacht Club and RAF Yacht Club have asked if they can join us from the South Coast of England and we should be able to enjoy their company once we are berthed in Penfoul Marina. In addition several members of CCC who keep their yachts on the West Coast of France are intending to join us.

French Coast

The CCC Website (www.clyde.org) has more detailed information. Look under the INFORMATION Bar for the Blue Water Cruise and Race 2013 details. There is also a link to the ISAF website as the race is Category 3 from the Clyde to Dublin and Category 2 from Dublin to Benodet. There will be a meeting of those interested in participating on Wednesday April 10th at 1900 for 1930 hours in the Bardowie Clubhouse and all those interested in attending or wishing to cruise or race should intimate by email as soon as possible to office@clyde.org Depending on numbers it may be possible to organise transport to and from Benodet after this meeting. Patrick Trust, Cruising Committee 4

Penfoul Marina Party on Zubenubi in 2001 (winner of Blue Water Trophy)


Racingreport Well here we are again, the start of a new season. We always know when the season approaches with the number of owners leaping out of hibernation and desperately trying to prepare their steeds for 2013.

Evening in Kilmore Quay, SE Ireland, the finish port for the 2004 Blue Water Trophy Race. Photo by Barry Waugh

As last year we will have a separate Inshore and Offshore Championship which will allow different class splits in the two events. The Offshore Championship will, again, have a Two Handed Class and a Restricted Sail Class. The Inshore Championship remains as last year. Class 2 will be raced solely under IRC, but if your CYCA handicap is 14 or over, and your boat has an IRC then you can race in both Class 2 & 3. For the Inshore Championship, yachts shall race in the following classes: Class 1 IRC ratings 1.000 and above. Class 2 IRC ratings 0.999 and below. Class 3 CYCA handicaps of 14 and over CYCA 0-13.99 only if the yacht does not hold an IRC Certificate. Class 4 CYCA handicaps for the Restricted Sail Class. For the Offshore Championship, yachts will race in the following classes: Class 1 All yachts having an IRC certificate Class 2 CYCA handicaps 11 and over. CYCA handicaps 0-10.99 and over, only if the yacht does not hold an IRC certificate. Restricted Sail Yachts / Two Handed Yachts If a yacht intends to race in the Restricted Sail or Two Handed Class, the Club office must be notified in writing no less than 48 hours before the start. The Racing Programme for 2013 has a slightly different look to it this year, with the addition of the Blue Water Trophy Race, which will be run in two stages. Stage 1 will be from Troon to Dunloaghaire, and Stage 2 from Dublin to Benedot. To aid those competing in the Blue Water, please note that the finish of the Zigeuner Trophy the previous weekend is at Troon this year. 20th - 21st April The ever popular Round Bute Race on the Saturday, and if you have recovered sufficiently, there are windward/leeward races off Largs on the Sunday. There will be the usual social in the Largs Sailing Club on the Saturday evening. 27th April The Opening Muster sailing from Kip Marina to Rhu. It’s an excellent opportunity for a social evening with sailors and shore based friends getting together at the RNCYC.

24th - 27th May Scottish Series. Our yearly sojourn to the fantastic Scottish Series. This event has enticed sailors from many countries, and in many cases the visitors have returned home with the fabulous trophy. Even if you are not a dyed in the wool sailor, why not visit Tarbert and view all that is best in club yachting, or even enter the popular ‘middle distance race’ round Inchmarnock? 14th June Round Ailsa Craig Race. This is the ideal race for those who perhaps do not want to engage in the cut and thrust of ’Round the Buoys’. There is time to settle down and get into your stride. It’s a great race where friends and family can join the crew without packing spinnakers every twenty minutes or so. 15th - 16th June The Arran Trophy weekend. Sailing firstly from Inverkip to Rothesay on Saturday, and then on Sunday a race back to Inverkip. This again is a great chance to meet all the other sailors and talk about why we didn’t win! 22nd June Ladies’ and Juniors’. In this popular event the youngsters, wives and girl friends have the opportunity to show off their undoubted skills to their male counterparts. The event will be held, as last year, at Port Bannatyne. 27th – 29th June North Channel and Zigeuner Trophy races are one of the oldest on the racing calendar. A dash across the North Channel to the ever hospitable Royal Ulster Yacht Club in Bangor, and then a sail back finishing at Troon Marina. A great weekend’s sailing for those who enjoy the open sea. 5th July The Blue Water Trophy. The First Leg starts this year at Troon Marina and finishes at Dun Loaghaire close to Dublin. The Second Leg starts close to Dublin Bay and finishes at Benodet. For full details see page 4.

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SB20 racing as the sun sets. Photo: Shona Shields

Cruisingreport

CCC MUSTERS & CRUISES 2013 Opening Muster 27th & 28th April Racing Report Continued...

The Opening Muster for the 2013 season will again be to Rhu Marina. The race will begin from Kip Marina, with a social gathering on Saturday 27th April in the Royal Northern CYC Club House. We hope to repeat the success of last year’s buffet. Booking is essential. All members will be welcome whether arriving by land or sea. The clubhouse bar will be open in the afternoon with the evening social timed at 1800 for 1900 hours.

13th – 15th July The ever popular Tobermory Race. It’s a great family race, sailing the First Leg from Rothesay to Ardrishaig on Saturday then through the Crinan Canal on Sunday. The Second Leg is from Ardfern to Tobermory on the Monday. It’s an ideal way to get North to start your summer cruise.

Sunday morning breakfast is served in the RNLI boathouse at the Marina with the ever popular Commodore’s Bacon Butty accompanied by Buck’s Fizz. All welcome at 1000 hours. A collection will be taken for the RNLI.

17th – 18th August The Troon Weekend is becoming more popular each year. The start is from Rothesay, racing to Troon on Saturday with an evening barbecue on Saturday evening. Then there is a race from Troon back to Largs on the Sunday - a very enjoyable social weekend. 14th -15th Sept The GSS North Clyde Regatta. A mini series, with a selection of windward/leeward courses and up to five races being sailed over the two days. This Regatta is held from Rhu and enjoys the hospitality of Rhu Marina and the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club. 28th September The Rothesay to Tarbert Race. This is the final get-together at the end of the season. The weekend has proved to be very popular with numbers increasing each year. During the past few years there has been a reduction of members taking part in our events. I would urge you all to come along to our events. Even if you do not want to race, then come and enjoy the post race festivities. Details of all our events are on the Club web-site, so do come along and join in. Bill Mackay, Racing Secretary

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Spring Cruise There will be no formal event this year, however if there are members wishing to participate in a weekend cruise in the Clyde area please contact Clive Reeves 07900 493389 or Club Office.

Ladies’ and Juniors’ Race and BBQ – June 22nd After last year’s hugely successful weekend we will again visit Port Bannatyne where members can enjoy the convenience of the marina. After a short fun race we will have a BBQ at the Marina or field adjacent to the marina on Saturday night at around 1800 hours. All members are welcome whether doing the race or not. (You could even come by ferry!) On the Sunday our traditional sherry party will be held with games and rowing races on the beach or marina beforehand. Start time is 1100 hours.


Spring Cruise May 2012. CCC members raft up for lunch at Caladh Harbour on Yachts Texa & Valia 2. Photo by Clive Reeves

Blue Water Cruise in Company 5th July

Closing Muster - Tarbert, Saturday 28th September

From Troon to Dun Laoghaire and then on to Benodet. Further information is on page 4.

This is undoubtedly the most popular Race/Cruise to the sheltered harbour of Tarbert on Loch Fyne – the final bash before battening down the hatches for the winter ahead!

Loch Spelve Mussel Party -

There will be an informal muster at Rothesay Marina on the Friday night where we can all enjoy the local flesh-pots.

Cleaning mussels. Photo by Clive Reeves

There is now ample berthing at the new pontoons in Tarbert and after the race there will be the usual “After Race Party” from 1700 -1830 hours in the open area just past the toilets. (The noise of revelry will draw you there!) Over 120 attended the party last year. All members are welcome whether racing or not. Drinks and nibbles provided, although any contributions will be welcome. Afterwards, there will be the CCC end of the season dinner in the Tarbert Hotel –1900 hours. Please contact the Hotel directly on 01880 820264. Book early! 2012 was fully booked. Clive Reeves, CCC Rear Commodore (Cruising)

Saturday 3rd August Once again, the very popular muster at Loch Spelve on the east coast of Mull combines stunning scenery with a very special BBQ. The cruising committee will ensure that the catering and refreshments are of the usual high standards. As in previous years, Douglas Wilson of Inverlussa shellfish will kindly provide fresh mussels which will be accompany the usual BBQ fare with wine and beer. Last year we enjoyed facilities of his yard and moorings which made landing from dinghies easier and gave better conditions underfoot. There were over 32 boats last year; hopefully there will be as many this year. It would be helpful if members and friends could inform the office or me beforehand if they intend to be there in order to enable me to cater for numbers. Contact the office or me on 07900 493389. Start time is 1800 hours. There will be the usual collection for the RNLI.

Evening in Rothesay Harbour at the end of May 2012 Spring Cruise. Photo by Clive Reeves

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80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION DINGHY SECTION Bardowie Loch, June 15th 1 pm - Start y and Launch of Access Dinghies mon 2 pm - Naming Cere 3 pm - Presentation to David Mollison sailing throughout the 2.30 - 4 pm Afternoon tea and afternoon.

2013 BLUE WATER TROPHY RACE AND CRUISE DISCUSSION NIGHT Get full details and see the charts. Wednesday April 10, 2013 Bardowie Clubhouse 1900 for 1930 hours Contact: Clive Reeves Cruising Secretary creevesrcfs@aol.com

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NEEDS YOU!

“We need Race Officers for this season’s races. Your Club needs you!” People are needed to help start and finish Club races. Please contact the Racing Secretary, Bill Mackay or make yourself known at the Club office.

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to members who have We are planning to email Tidelines If you would like to d. este indicated that they are inter please tell Jennifer at form this in er receive this newslett in the office.

MALINWATERS SET TO SAIL AT THE SCOTTISH SERIES MalinWaters are delighted to support the 2013 Scottish Series. MalinWaters Marketing Officer Lee-Anne Doherty expressed her joy at being involved as a key spon sor. “MalinWaters are delighted to be investing £12,000 in the 2013 Scottish Series; we are particularly excited about having the previously named Round Inch Race become the Malin Waters Race. This high profile event has been the premier yacht racing event in Scottish waters for thirty eight years attra cting participants from all over the British Isles, Europe and beyond and provides a perfect opportunity for us to showcase the MalinWaters brand and its offerings to our key demographic.” Frank Mc Grogan, Sail West Proje ct Manager added “MalinWaters the consumer facing bran d of the Sail West Project is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVA Cross Border Programme managed by the Spec ial EU Programmes Body. Being part of one of Scotland’s most exciting outdoor events provides an excellent platform for the MalinWaters brand and is a great match for what the Sail West project is trying to achieve. We are delighted to supp ort this event and know that it will be a huge success for ever yone.” Commenting on MalinWaters support of the Scottish Series, Stephen Bennie, Event Chairman state d “I am delighted that MalinWaters have chosen to support the 2013 Scottish Series, their assistance allows us to build on the success of last year to provide top class racing at Scotland’s premier regatta.” For more information on MalinWaters visit www.malinWaters.com; email info@malinwaters.com or join us on Facebook. For more information on the Scottish Series please visit www.scottishseries.com.


SAUNTERER

On the back page of the April 2011 Tidelines there were photographs of Captain Oates’ yacht Saunterer. Members may recall this boat on a mooring off Clynder and also being present in the 75th Anniversary raft-up in 1975. Here is a painting of Saunterer that is owned by two of our Life Members: Ronnie and Sheila May Sharp. (Ronnie was Commodore from 1990-1991 and Sheila May for many years organised the CCC Prizegiving and Dinner Dance evening.) The painting is a watercolour and was painted in 1923. The artist is Willie Lyall who was a founding member of Bardowie Dinghy Section. He was Dinghy Section Captain from 19331935. The Lyall Cup is named after him. Note the Clyde Cruising Club burgee flying. And where did the painting come from? Sheila found it in a junk shop ... still in its original frame! Photos: B MacLeod

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THE FRENCH MACDONALD Field Marshall MacDonald, one of the greatest battle commanders in the French Army and a son of Neil MacEachen of South Uist made a visit to Scotland in 1825 when he was aged 60. His father was the main guide for Prince Charlie in the Hebrides after Culloden. For example, he was the third person in the party when the Prince escaped by pretending to be the servant of Flora MacDonald. During his 1825 visit the British Government made available to him a revenue cutter, the Swift, for whatever purpose he required. She had a crew 3 officers and 40 men. On it he made a 10 day cruise for which any CCC member would be proud.

MacDonald and his party embarked at Arisaig, sailed to ‘Skipport’ “one of the best anchorages in Britain and in the Hebrides.” They travelled from there by open boat and horses to ‘Howbeg’ (modern Tobha Beg) on the East side of South Uist where the Marshall’s father was born. They left Skipport and stopped off at Corrodale Bay to examine the caves (Uamh a Phrionnsa - see map) where his father hid with Prince Charlie. Then they continued on to Armadale on Sleat to the seat of the MacDonald chief. Next stop was Loch Moidart to see the MacDonald stronghold, Castle Tioriam. The Swift anchored outside the loch and they had a very stiff 4 hour row against a strong wind to get back to her. The anchorage does not appear to be very sheltered but the Marshall writes that “...we sleep peacefully and leave it to the Captain to protect us from all danger” - the attitude of a man accustomed to facing danger! Their guide for the trip was MacDonald of Staffa which island they visited and then moved on to Lismore to visit Bishop MacDonald. The next stop was at Bush? on the Antrim coast to visit the Giant’s Causeway. The party finally disembarked at Inveraray.

Corrodale - John MacLeod (purple shirt) has stepped into the hole in the ground in which the Prince hid. Photo B MacLeod

If the Marshall had sent a log of the trip to the Clyde Cruising Club he might have got an award - the Murray Blair might have been appropriate but the Swift would have been a wee bit longer than the 30 foot limit for that trophy. Throught the visit he kept a diary. This travel diary was found in the French National Archives and translated from the original French by Jean-Didier Hache.

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Ruined village at Corrodale Photo B MacLeod

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Welcomeaboard Richard & Linda Hearn

OIMF

Silver Bear

Don Thomson

OOM3

Shy Talk

Alastair & Emma Taylor & Family

OIMFD

Edward Murray

OIM3

David Smith

JMD

Victoria & Alexandra Currie

JMD

Daniel, Jane & Nicholas Steenstra

OOMF

Angela Cogan & Family

OIMFD

Gordon & Catherine Stewart

OIMFD

Douglas Lang

OIM

Conor Doherty & Orla

OIMFD

Paul Joy

JMD

Cameron Wallace

JMD

Alexander Forsyth

OIMD

William Faerestrand

OIM

Derek Lawson, Nerina Holden & Family

OIMFD

Anne Sutherland

OIMS

Troikka

Geoffrey Chesters

OOM

Serena

Crawford & Claire Armstrong & Family

OIMFD

Gordon Lamont

OIMD

Jamie Cook

JMD

Benimora

Maximoose Too

Ace of Rhu

DEATH OF CLYDE COASTGUARD As we set sail this season we now can no longer call Clyde Coastguard as they do not exist. If you do call now then Belfast will reply as they have taken over the majority of Clyde’s aerials. The upper Clyde aerial at Greenock on 84 is now more powerful and situated up the hill to give better reception for yachts in the Upper Firth. However, north of Jura (55.08’ N), Stornoway now have both Mull and Tiree masts. (Torosay on E. Mull Channel 10, Glengorm on N. Mull Channel 84 and Tiree Channel 23.) So for West Highland Week, the Tobermory Race and Loch Spelve Muster the forecasts will come from Stornoway. The forecast areas remain the same as before but the Belfast and Clyde forecasts have been put together. The combined forecast (every 3 hours starting at 0210 hrs) starts with Carlingford Lough and finishes with Kintyre to Ardnamurchan. Note that the forecast from Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath is not transmitted by Belfast. The Stornoway forecast (every 3 hours starting at 0110 hrs) gives Kintyre to Ardnamurchan, the Minch and Ardnamurchan to Cape Wrath. The MMSI number for Clyde is now answered by Belfast but it is worth changing your VHF to the Belfast number 002320021. The Belfast CG telephone number is 02891 463933 and if you are calling in at Bangor they will be happy to see you as the office is on the harbour – as long as no Mayday working is in progress. Full details of aerials and the changes will be in the CCC 2013 YEARBOOK. Patrick Trust, Cruising Committee

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WEST COAST EATING ASHORE While cruising around our coast lines, it is clear that eating ashore opportunities have greatly increased in the last 25 years. It is not just abundant seafood that is well cooked, but there are lots of skilled preparations of much local produce from both land and sea. My own preference when cruising is fish and all that is edible from our sea and shores. Just because I started a list of West Coast eating destinations does not mean that we use them. Talk to Gracie and she will reply “What list?! “ As I see it we stock the freezer and fridge with such lovely foods from Argyll that we have trouble eating our way through it during a two week cruise. Searching for the answer, go cruising for a month, or keep to promises of two nights ashore per week in one of these great nosh spots I have on my running list of eating-ashore places. Just set the course and go ashore. However, good intentions can often be spoiled by a comfortable cabin and one’s own fine range of whiskies! Bill Bergius, Northern Whistler II

ORKNEY ISLANDS Ayre Hotel Kirkwall, Orkney Foveran Hotel Kirkwall Helgi’s Pub/Rest Kirkwall Balfour Castle Shapinsay The Creel St Margarets Hope Skerries Rest S Ronaldsay

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OUTER HEBRIDES Digby Chicks Stornoway, Lewis Gallan Head Hotel Uig, Lewis First Fruits Tarbert, Harris Rodel Hotel Rodel, Harris Hotel Hebrides(Pier House) Tarbert Stepping Stone Balivanich, Benbecula Polchar Inn Nr L Boisdale, S Uist Loch Boisdale Hotel S Uist Borrodale Hotel Daliburgh, S Uist Am Politician Eriskay Castlebay Hotel Barra Kisimul Cafe (Curries), Barra

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INNER HEBRIDES The Harbour Inn Bowmore, Islay 01496810330 Gigha Hotel Gigha 01583505254 Jura Hotel Craighouse, Jura 01496820243 Colonsay Hotel Colonsay 01951200316 Coll Hotel Coll 01879230334 Port Mor House Hotel Muck 01687462365 Gille Brighde Canna 01687460164 Cafe Fish Tobermory, Mull 01688301253 Highland Cottage Tobermory, Mull 01688302030 Watersedge Tobermory, Mull 01688302091 Waterfront Rest Tobermory, Opening April 11 Western Isles Hotel Tobermory, Mull 01951200316

WEST COAST Argyll Shower of Herring Kilmelford Loch Melfort Hotel Melford Lord of the Isles Croabh Haven Galley of Lorne Ardfern Crafty Kitchen Ardfern 12

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Lock 16 Crinan Crinan Hotel Crinan Tigh an Truish Seil Ee-Usk Fish Cafe Oban Seafood Temple Oban Waterfront Rest Oban Coast Rest Oban Manor House Oban Isle of Eriska Eriska Wide Mouthed Frog Dunstaffnage The Pier House Port Appin The Boathouse Loch a’Choire Loch Leven Seafood Cafe Loch Leven Thurs to Sat 11am to 9pm. Sun 11am to 3pm. Portavadie Marina Loch Fyne Grey Gull Hotel Ardrishaig

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Invernesshire The White House Loch Aline 01967421777 Salen Hotel Acharacle, L Sunart 01967431661 Resipole Ch 7, L Sunart The Old Forge (Ch12vhf) Inverie, Loch Nevis 01687462267 Doune Knoydart 01687462667 Plockton Shores Plockton 01599544776 Harbour Fish Bar Plockton takeaway 01599544479 Wester Ross Applecross Inn Applecross Badachro Inn Gairloch The Arch Inn Ullapool

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SKYE Isle Ornsay Hotel Sleat Kinloch Lodge Hotel Sleat Diusdale House Hotel Sleat Torvaig House Hotel Sleat Kinloch Loch Hotel Sleat Cuillin Hills Hotel Portree, Skye The Stein Inn Waternish, NE Skye Flodigarry Hotel Staffin, Skye Uig Hotel (the Folly) Uig Ferry Inn Hotel Uig Three Chimneys Colbost/Dunvegan, Skye Rosedale Hotel Portree, Skye Kylesku Hotel Kylesku

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