18 sailors ranging in age from 9 to 20 took to the waters for Junior Sailing week 2017. As usual, we split this into two groups with beginners/intermediates in the morning and more advanced in the afternoon (to take advantage of the reliable wind patterns in Lochbroom of course). Of our 3 complete beginners, two steadily improved their skills and confidence over the week and one, after giving it a good try, decided that sailing was not for him. The rest of the morning group also improved from last year and all received their coveted LBSC Certificates to prove it. Robyn, our trusty instructor, added more fun to the days with competitions and games involving plastic ducks, water pistols, footballs and lots of capsizing. The afternoon group also had fun on the calmer days trying to beat the record for a 360 dry capsize (18 secs). They also had some great sailing days with spinnakers and finished off on Friday with a long sail from Winkie to the Narrows and back. A big thanks to Robyn and Emma and to all the parents who helped out, particularly Paul D, Alison and Anthony and also to Siobhan who helped in the morning and sailed in the afternoon every day.

Pico Week

It wasn't all capsize drill and righting. Lots of good sailing was had and improvement in a week that was adjudged to have been very successful, with weather conditions ranging from flat calm to fresh.

A quick chat with Robyn after the event elicited the following comments from our small but perfectly qualified RYA instructor.

First, teaching youngsters from Ullapool was, she said, a breeze compared with some of those from the city, whose attitudes, she implied, were rather different. In short, she found our lot (despite what their parents might think of them) a delight.

She picked out all those who took part, from Megan and Hamish, to Arwen and Ivan, Gilly, Natalie, Siobhan (who was a great help, as was our Emma), Beana, Zander, the Maxwell brothers, The Driver women and some whose names escape me.

She clearly enjoyed herself and the equipment, with some very minor exceptions, stood the test.

Well done to all who gained certificates and thanks to all those, Alison, Dave, Anthony, Paul(s), Rachel, the McKinnies, Lydia, Gus, Siobhan and Emma (again) and of course Our Robyn.

Please forgive any names left out of participants and helpers. "They also serve who only stand and wait", as John Milton wrote. And there's a lot of waiting when you're ashore keeping an eye on things during Pico Week. It is, however, essential and highly appreciated.

We'll see you all next year.

On a final note: some of the older members of the club, seeing all the fun to be hand in Picos and Fevas, fancy a regatta themselves.

Who's up for it?

A Worthy Cause

Below is a link to a friend's dad's page, as you'll see he is trying to sail single handed non-stop around the UK to raise money/awareness of prostate cancer.

Many thanks

Lucy Gregson


Loch Broom Scalping Contractors

I sometimes wonder if we are a sailing club whose members like laying gravel, building sheds, levelling ground, laying foundations, or a bunch of civil engineers, who occasionally enjoy going sailing.

Well today it was quite clear. I'll let the photos do the explaining, but those  not familiar with the ways of the Old Loch Broom may find some of them perplexing.

However, the job (as John O would say) is a good 'n. The boat park is now scalped(?) graded and level(ish) ready for the next storm to wash it all away.

Obergruppenfuhrer Buchanan will now attempt to keep the wayward tenders, Fevas, trailers and dinghies in some semblance of order (good luck Donald).

Fitting Out Time Again

'Tis the time to get to grips with all those little jobs you swore to tackle this time last year. Here we have some top tips from one of our most experienced members in how to go about preparing for the new season.

First decide what job you wish to tackle first. Then carefully arrange your tools in order so everything is readily to hand. Note the way every tool in the boat here has been laid out, ready for use. No frantic searching in tucked away places for that elusive screw driver, that 4mm bolt. 

Next decide on the priority. Here we see Paul in the forepeak of Mollymawk, which is as good a place to begin as any, adding an escape hatch. Next job on the list will be to stuff that No2 genoa back in the loo compartment for another year: out of sight out of mind is a good mantra on a small boat.

Note the large Stilson on the sole, which as everyone knows is used as a last resort if you have forgotten to bring a hammer. Be prepared to improvise and if necessary, add more resin.

Just two weeks after this photo was taken, Mollymawk will be happily riding at her mooring, which goes to prove that miracles can happen, given skill, experience and dogged determination.