March 2021 update

March 8, 2021 Off By Oban Sailing Club

7th March 2021

Hello members

Welcome to Spring after what has probably been a long winter for many.

I don’t underestimate the challenges that many have had to face recently and a lot of the discussion in our communities, workplaces and on social media has been about mental health and well being. I think we’re very fortunate that water sports is one of the activities that hopefully can get started quite soon. Once we’re back out on the water I’m sure it will lift our spirits and be hugely beneficial to our well being.

Our planning for activities in 2021 is well underway and I am very grateful to those members of the committee and other members who have been working away through the winter for the Club. I thought I’d just share a few highlights of what’s coming up.

– Our sailing program is completed and I’m hopeful we can get the OSC handbook sent out to members in the coming weeks. The first events are scheduled to start at the beginning of April for dinghies and keelboats but it all depends on the level of restrictions

– Monday Mayhem is pencilled in for every Monday through the spring and summer. Last year showed us that many members are very content to engage in informal, social sailing having fun with other members. We will be continuing in this spirit to ensure we can be active even if restrictions don’t allow us to engage in the full calendar of events.

– Training will be an important part of this year. Many of us are rusty, many want to improve and instructors are keen to share their knowledge and skill. It’s one of the member benefits of OSC that we have access to instructors covering sail, power and shore training. We will do all we can to deliver a training program that everyone can engage in; this includes courses for members to become instructors or progress their instructor qualifications. Please look out for emails.

– OSC boats are being prepped for the season. Volunteers have put in some hours getting safety boats ready and the dinghy fleet will be checked over prior to our first events. We’re lucky to have access to a range of dinghies and my thanks to those who look after them for us.

– Oban Sports Hub is a group of clubs in the town who are supported by Live Argyll through various initiatives relating to safety, volunteering, access to equipment and pitches etc. Oban Sailing Club has benefited from being part of this. As part of their understanding of local clubs they are running a survey which would be great if you could complete. It doesn’t take long.

Lots more to come over the next weeks. For those who have yet to renew your membership can I point you in the direction of our excellent webpages:

Looking forward to seeing you at the Club