Our February 2019 Newsletter has all the information you need for the start of the 2019 sailing season so please download here Feb 2019 ASYC Newsletter
The new sailing season is just about to start. So, time to write to me, Elaine, at email@example.com to enrol any juniors who are interested in lessons. Fun on and off the water. RYA certificates, learn how to sail a boat, capsize it and make friends. Join in with racing.
The block of 9+1 sessions start on the weekend of 20th/21st April. Sessions run on either Saturdays or Sunday between 10:30am and 13:00, culminating in the Junior regatta on Sunday 26th May followed by the move to Stonehaven. The last session before the summer holidays will be on 22nd/23th June. There will be a further session on 24th/25th August(after summer holidays) to encourage all to join in with club racing.
The block of 10 lessons will cost £120 to keep our ageing fleet of club boats going. Juniors have to be ASYC members (Junior membership £35).
All the sessions are taught by volunteers. These sessions would not run without their boundless enthusiasm and hard work. We ask that parents remain on site during the sessions and help run the sessions I need willing volunteers to drive/crew power boats, be beach master, help launch boats, look after the galley and keep the club boats in tip top shape (any offers?)We also hope to offer some parent sailing alongside the Juniors this year, utilising our larger club boats. However, this will be weather dependent and at the discretion of the Senior Instructor on the day – we need to ensure that safety cover is adequate for the Juniors and all helper positions are filled. More information on this at a later point.
Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, but preference will be given to returners and last year’s club members, but we find places for new members too, so don’t be shy putting your name forward, even if you are not a current club member. We try hard to find a boat for everyone who applies.
The summer week is scheduled for 12th-16th August (followed by the club Open regatta on 17th/18th August). This will cost £100 per nose this year. Registration for this will be in May – we will try hard to fit in as many kids in the Junior lesson program as possible – just need to find enough boats, RIBs and instructors.
The Parental Consent form for the junior lessons and the Membership form are attached.
Deadline for lesson registration: 9th February 2019
Membership and lesson fees can be paid after a place has been offered, but needs to be paid prior to the first lesson.
The annual ASYC regatta was held on the weekend of the 11th & 12th of August. The event was attended by 42 boats with starts for RS400, Laser, Laser Radial, D-Zero, Blaze, Solo & Handicap.
On the Saturday, a light southerly breeze appeared in time for the first race which gently built over the afternoon. All fleets behaved impeccably with 3 races being completed at the first attempt. The conditions brought close racing and all to play for on the Sunday.
A BBQ was held after racing on the Saturday evening with a great atmosphere in the bar as the sailors debated the day’s proceedings.
Overnight the breeze had filled in and Sunday looked like being a more interesting affair.
As the fleet launched the breeze dropped and left a short swell with a strong rising tide. 3 races were run with quick turnaround to ensure the 6 race weekend format was completed, making the best of the conditions. Overall weekend results for the 7 fleets were:
1. Stewart & Sarah Robertson Royal Forth YC
2. Jon Gray & Amanda Henderson Lochaber YC
3. Bob & Nadia Yeamans Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
1. Willie Todd Largs SC
2. Kevan Gibb Largo Bay SC
3. Keith Milroy St Mary’s Loch
1. Peter Malcolm Largo Bay SC
2. Bruce Birell Largo Bay SC
3. Marcus Kirkby Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
1. Fraser Cowie Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
2. Alistair Colliar Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
1. Francis Neill Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
2. Andrew Grant Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3. Iain Pittendreigh Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
1. Jon Bassett Largs SC
2. Niel Ritchie Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3. Martin Latimer Largs SC
1. Katie & Lynne Skinner RS200 Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
2. Matthew McLullich 4.7 Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3. Ben Birrell 4.7 Largo Bay SC
Thanks again to our regatta sponsors, Carron Fish Bar, Stonehaven and we look forward to welcoming the fleets back in 2019.
The ASYC regatta will be held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August in Stonehaven Bay. There will be class starts for RS400, Laser and Laser Radial, Blaze, Solo, Albacore and General Handicap Classes. The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions can be downloaded here:
ASYC NOR 2018
2018 ASYC Regatta_Sailing_Instructions.
Car parking and boat parking Regatta Site Map 2018
Scottish Schools Sailing Competition (Brown Cup)
The Scottish Schools Sailing Competition, or Brown Cup as its more commonly know is an annual event run by Loch Earn Sailing Club (LESC). This year saw a huge representation from ASYC members, who made up a quarter of the competitors, making up local school teams from Robert Gordons, Albyn, and Mackie, with ASYC sailors also entering for Ellon, Lathallan as well as individual entries. Well done to all our sailors who made the journey, and to all the parents who supported them.
LESC put on a two day training weekend before the Brown Cup on the Monday. Many of our ASYC junior sailors and support crew took full advantage of what Loch Earn Sailing Club had to offer, fantastic coaching, BBQs on the loch shore, sunshine and good company. The weather over the weekend was variable with lots of sunshine, but both light wind conditions, and heavy wind during a sudden thunderstorm. Also memorable onshore was the “wrecking ball” (you’ll need to ask the juniors about that) and the mighty midge.
Race day on the Monday saw a fairly consistent breeze rising to about Force 4 in the afternoon, and the three races ran back-to-back with little delay.
The results for our ASYC sailors are below. Special mention should go to those who progressed during the racing. In the Topper fleet Shona Coull and Mac Leven improved significantly from race to race and by the last race were close on the heels of some of the more experienced Topper sailors. Harvey Western showed great character to continue in the last race after equipment failure left him without a kicking strap or mainsheet for a period. And in the Feva’s those of us onshore watched the ASYC contest between Nathan McCabe and Isla Collier in one Feva who just pipped Alistair Collier and Hannah McKenzie in another Feva.
For many of our junior sailors this will have been the most competitive racing and the most congested start line that they have experienced. Well done to all, and we hope that it’s given you an appetite to return to the Brown Cup next year and perhaps for some ASYC club racing or even other events in between.
Full results for the ASYC sailors:
Connor Kennedy 8th
Sophie Kennedy 11th
Finlay McGill 13th
Lewis Carter 14th
Lyall Webster 15th
Jack van Bergen 9th
Matthew Park 16th
Drew Webster 17th
Shona Coull 21st
Mac Leven 22nd
Harvey Western 26th
Mike O’Donovan (Laser R) 4th
Matthew McLullich (Laser 4.7) 8th
Tom White (Laser 4.7) 12th
Nathan McCabe/ Isla Collier (Feva) 17th
Alistair Collier/ Hannah McKenzie (Feva) 18th
We have produced an New Member Information Pack for both new members and prospective members which provides all you need to know about ASYC. You can download here New Member Information Pack
This year our PTBO event will also feature stands from Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and Stonehaven Paddleboarding.
AST sailors most welcome to see what the fuss is all about.
Juniors – why not take your parents out for a Spin.
All club members are welcome – much help is needed.
Contact Ditta to get involved.
Joining ASYC is easier and cheaper than you think.
As “two clubs rolled into one” we sail on Loch of Skene, near Westhill during the Spring months before braving the North Sea at Stonehaven Bay from June till the end of the season in November. The club owns a large fleet of boats, so no need to splash out on your own to start off with. We sail everything from optimist to 49er, with bigger fleets of Blaze and RS400.
Hope to see you all at the Open Day.