August 2020 Sailing Update

August 11, 2020 Off By Oban Sailing Club

Dear Members

Dinghy Sailing

It’s been great to see quite a few members getting involved in the twice weekly dinghy sessions. Thanks to all those who have volunteered to help run these and to everyone for doing their best to keep within the guidelines for safe sailing. We’ll continue these through the remaining part of the summer. I’m also hoping we can get some sort of informal regatta organised.

Keelboat Sailing

We certainly haven’t forgotten our keelboat members. It has been more challenging to put together organised sailing but I have seen that many with keelboats have just been getting about doing their own cruising – even some of our dyed-in-the-wool racing members have been spotted cruising up to Tobermory.  There are a couple of things to bring to your attention.

1) Clyde Corinthian Yacht Club are organising a friendly race around the Garvellachs starting at Croabh on Saturday 15th August. The instructions are simple

– Start at 0930

– Choose your own course

– Take your own time at start/finish

More information appears to be through CCYC Facebook page @ClydeCorinthians.

2) Inspired by this OSC will be organising similar fun events for the last two Sundays in August (23rd & 30th). One course taking us round Kerrera, the other around the Creags. Information about these coming out soon.

Shed/Dinghy Park

With the relatively low levels of activity this year we’ve been able to get on top of clearing old dinghies from the park and discarded equipment from around the shed. We plan to continue doing this on a semi-regular basis on Tuesday evenings (when we would have had keelboat sailing). Any help is appreciated but the easiest way of helping us is to make sure that your own equipment in and around the shed is identifiable and stored appropriately. We have old sails, mast sections, oars, fittings/rigging left in various corners with no indication of ownership. We’re not going to send everything to the skip but we have plans for better utilising space and this starts with making sure we’re not trying to store long forgotten sailing gear.

Finally, please be very careful accessing the dinghy park from the steps at the shed. The masonry work around the balustrades is very loose. These steps are council owned but used regularly by members so please do take care.