Royal Bash and AGM 24th March

Following the AGM at the club on 24th March (5.30pm), we will repair to The Royal for another...


7 for 7.30pm, 24th March 2018
The Royal Hotel Palm Court Restaurant

Choice of Desserts
Tea or Coffee

(Quizmaster: The Donald)


CARRIAGES for 11-ish

£17.50 per person
Free Entry to Quiz


Latest Minutes

      Loch Broom Sailing Club
3 Feb 2018 at 16:30 in the Clubhouse

1)      Present/Apologies

Present: Donald Buchanan (Commodore Designate DB), Paul Copestake (PC), David Dawson (Secretary DD), Paul Driver (PD), Anthony O’Flaherty (AO), Dave Maxwell (Treasurer DM), Gilly Meighan (GM), Adrian Morgan (Commodore & Chair AM), John Osborne (JO), Sandy Osborne (SO), Chris Steventon (CS), Gill Wilson (GW), Nat Wilson (NW)
Apologies: Rona Johnson

2)      Approval of Draft Minutes of Previous Meetings

The proposals to approve the minutes of the committee meetings of 3rd November 2017 and 13th January 2018 were seconded (GM) and duly approved.

3)      Matters Arising (not dealt with elsewhere) - None

4)      Wee Pier

a)      SO reported on discussions with Lochshell Engineering (“LE”). Work will start work on 19th March and is scheduled to end in late May though some delay expected. The memorandum of understanding is anticipated later. The intended work includes; electricity and water supplies at the top of the pier, scrubbing platform, steps to the beach, rails down each side, mooring rings every 5/6 meters, a strong point for a winch. Throughout the work, access to the clubhouse and the beach will be retained. SO hopes to agree improvements to the land on the east side. The possibility of adding a training wall for the stream was discussed.
DB agreed that the old mussel pontoon could be cut up and it and Robbie Burns’ trailer be removed.
b)      Clearance of yard
i)        Dinghies – completed
ii)      Sliffs and winch - completed
iii)    FFs - completed
iv)    Eilean Dubh – moved in yard, Removal Action DB
c)      Mooring Trot
AM reported that it is not possible to move the whole trot west and it was agreed that one mooring be surrendered. Action DM
d)      Wish list – see a) above

5)      Officers’ Reports

a)      Commodore’s Report – nothing to report
b)      Treasurer’s Report
DM reported £9k in the account with £8k receipts and £7k expenses in 2017. Subscriptions are the dominant income and the largest expense being insurance at £1.5k. DM to explore opportunities to reduce the cost of insurance.
c)      Secretary’s Report – nothing to report

a)      Cruising - JO
JO set out the broad timetable for shakedown, summer and storm cruises and regattas and Campbell Cup.  See sailing timetable
b)      Flying Fifteens AM
AM set out target date for launch end April with first race 12th May. It was agreed that formal races be on Saturdays with informal Friday & Sunday. DM reported the intended use of WhatsApp to confirm FF race timings. Much needed replacement main and jib  for the club boats cost £150. AO has agreed to work on one club boat and CS & NW have agreed to take on the other. Antifouling needed for the club boats.
c)      Youth AO, AO & DM
Pico Week of 16th July provisional planned with six signed up, others to be encouraged to join.
d)      Skiff (PC)
Skiffing ongoing, Ullapool regatta is 7 & 8 July and it is intended to enter 50s men & women’s teams and mixed 60s. Boat to be maintained. PC
e)      Clubhouse and surrounds (Donald)
Yard Clearance Completed (ex Eilean Dubh).
An active and ongoing pruning of the unused contents of the clubhouse was agreed All.
It was noted that the Clubhouse needs some TLC and it was agreed that improvements to the fabric would be discussed after completion of the work on the Wee Pier. All
f)       RIB (SO) – nothing reported
g)      Junior Sailing
School involvement initiative not met with sufficient positive response to proceed .. yet.

7)      AGM & Royal 24th March

It was agreed that AGM to be in the clubhouse starting 17:30 on 24th March. Notice of meeting to all members to be sent per the constitution, also inform the Ullapool News  DD.
It was agreed that there was no proposal to increase the 2019 membership fees so no notice of AGM business matters need be sent to members.
It was also agreed that the notice normally required for new members to be voted onto the committee be waived this year.

DM to discuss buffet with the hotel, slight increase from 2017’s £17.50 expected.DM

8)      AOB

It was suggested that the jumble sale timing could coincide with the regatta. GN
Administration of clubhouse keys was passed from PD to DM. DM
Efforts needed to find a membership secretary. AM/All Consideration of methods of encouraging prompt payment of subscriptions e.g. enforced standing orders or early payment rewards.

Their being no other business, the meeting finished at 17:30

Saturday Feb 3rd Clear the Decks

All are welcome at 1.30 to help clear the club prior to work on the WeePier.

There's a committee meeting planned for 4.30 after which we'll be indulging in the first curry night of the new season.

LBSC Party 2017: Some Highlights Courtesy of Paul "That's my Very Last Powerpoint, Ever" Copestake

The Yarn of the Loch Achray is reproduced below

The Yarn of the “Loch Achray”
By John Masefield (1878–1967)
From ‘Salt-Water Ballads’
THE “LOCH ACHRAY” was a clipper tall
With seven-and-twenty hands in all.
Twenty to hand and reef and haul,
A skipper to sail and mates to brawl
“Tally on the tackle-fall,        5
Heave now’n’ start her, heave’n’ pawl!”
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,
        An old yarn learned at sea.
Her crew were shipped and they said “Farewell,
So-long, my Tottie, my lovely gell;        10
We sail to-day if we fetch to hell,
It’s time we tackled the wheel a spell.”
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,
        An old yarn learned at sea.
The dockside loafers talked on the quay        15
The day that she towed down to sea:
“Lord, what a handsome ship she be!
Cheer her, sonny boys, three times three!”
And the dockside loafers gave her a shout
As the red-funnelled tug-boat towed her out;        20
They gave her a cheer as the custom is,
And the crew yelled “Take our loves to Liz—
Three cheers, bullies, for old Pier Head
’N’ the bloody stay-at-homes!” they said.
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,        25
        An old yarn learned at sea.
In the gray of the coming on of night
She dropped the tug at the Tuskar Light,
’N’ the topsails went to the topmast head
To a chorus that fairly awoke the dead.        30
She trimmed her yards and slanted South
With her royals set and a bone in her mouth.
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,
        An old yarn learned at sea.
She crossed the Line and all went well,        35
They ate, they slept, and they struck the bell
And I give you a gospel truth when I state
The crowd didn’t find any fault with the Mate,
But one night off the River Plate.
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,        40
        An old yarn learned at sea.
It freshened up till it blew like thunder
And burrowed her deep, lee-scuppers under.
The old man said, “I mean to hang on
Till her canvas busts or her sticks are gone”—        45
Which the blushing looney did, till at last
Overboard went her mizzen-mast.
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,
        An old yarn learned at sea.
Then a fierce squall struck the “Loch Achray,”        50
And bowed her down to her water-way;
Her main-shrouds gave and her forestay,
And a green sea carried her wheel away;
Ere the watch below had time to dress
She was cluttered up in a blushing mess.        55
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,
        An old yarn learned at sea.
She couldn’t lay-to nor yet pay-off,
And she got swept clean in the bloody trough,
Her masts were gone, and afore you knowed        60
She filled by the head and down she goed.
Her crew made seven-and-twenty dishes
For the big jack-sharks and the little fishes,
And over their bones the water swishes.
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,        65
        An old yarn learned at sea.
The wives and girls they watch in the rain
For a ship as won’t come home again.
“I reckon it’s them head-winds,” they say,
“She’ll be home to-morrow, if not to-day.        70
I’ll just nip home ’n’ I’ll air the sheets
’N’ buy the fixin’s ’n’ cook the meats
As my man likes ’n’ as my man eats.”
So home they goes by the windy streets,
Thinking their men are homeward bound        75
With anchors hungry for English ground,
And the bloody fun of it is, they’re drowned!
        Hear the yarn of a sailor,
        An old yarn learned at sea.