Sailability News

The latest news on and off the water


2022
Our first Regatta of the season was held at
Loch Venachar SC on 23rd 24th April
But before the event we had an on the water training day hosted by Val Milward. As most will know, Val is one of the top challenger sailors in the country and we were lucky to have her travel up from Rutland to brush of our cobwebs before racing started.  The day was very windy, white horses all day. However after a short classroom session all our fleet put out onto the water to practice sailing backwards under control.  To be honest given the wind, sailing backwards was easy, staying in control less so!
So we came to the racing, (A full 54 minute video can be found here) Given that the 3 English sailors had sailed right through the winter it was not that surprising that they came out on top, what was perhaps surprising was that Val did not have things all her own way and we were treated to a battle royal between her and Nick Bett, it came down to the last race and even then there was less than a boat length in it. Val won the regatta by just 1 point.  Worthy 3rd and 4th were Duncan Greenhalgh and Dave Driffell who were also nip and tuck right through the two days sailing.  STB performed consistently coming in 5th in every race, Dorothy, Ronnie, Alec and John McPartlin had a battle royal swapping places throughout.  Special mention must be made of Ronnie Cameron who, the week before the event celebrated his 92nd Birthday, we had an appropriately iced cake (shaped like a Challenger and iced by his son Colin).  Ronnie blew out the 1 candle we could find!
Full results can be found here


T2 our second event of the season will be taking place at SYC Kippford  NOR is now available to download here


Our first event of the season is fast approaching.  Traveller event 1 (T!) will take place at Loch Venachar on the 23rd and 24th April, please ensure that if you are taking part you can download the NOR register and pay your entry fees, Pay Now


2022
Sailability Scotland 
SCIO will hold its 6th AGM on Sunday, 03rd April, 2022 at Monklands Sailing Club, Hillend Loch, Caldercruix, Airdrie. ML6 7PJ. 10:00.
Agenda



21st and 22nd August T3 at Lochaber (Fort William)
Stunning location fabulous sunshine but somewhat lacking in wind!
Because this event was the 3rd and possibly the last event Sailability will be sponsoring this year (Sponsorship funds provided by Sir Boyd Tunnock OBE) as a result of covid restrictions, there was a certain feeling of “Grand Finale” about it. Fort William is a long trek for most of our sailors, but it is such a beautiful venue the trip did not deter our Challenger sailors!
We all arrived mid-afternoon on the Friday to glorious weather and this made the job of getting the boats of the trailers and made up so much easier, many thanks go to Duncan a Lochaber stalwart who was on “boat building duty” for helping!
Day 1. A day of two halves!
Forecast was wind 2/3 knots gusting 5/6 with some light drizzle. 1st race scheduled to start at 11am. This was delayed as no wind and incoming tide ment we would have been floating backwards!
But as lunch was about to be served the Commodore “Hamish” sent Steve Laycock out to “test the wind”. Enough to make head way ment the racing could commence, and the rest of the boats launched.
Race one saw a reasonable start, but Duncan got away and never looked like being caught.
The closest racing was at the back of the field between Ronnie Cameron and Stephen Laycock who jostled and changed position throughout the race with SL eventually coming out ahead. Lunch was served with the finest “Cullen skink soup” I have ever had along with rolls and cakes, we were all well repleted! During lunch the heavens opened, and it poured, but we launched for races 2&3 in dry conditions with a freshening wind. The start saw Duncan impeded on the start but still managing to make the first mark by some margin. The rain started to get quite heavy, and we raced in increasingly choppy conditions. At the end of the race, we were all surprised by the strength of the wind which turned us all into high-speed power boats for 10 minutes! Race 3 got underway with a clean start and with high winds and a large swell was the most “interesting” race of the day. SL had his best start but eventually lost his 2nd place to John McPartlin who despite the conditions sailed exceptionally well. Ann Ritchie’s skills were put to the test but her poor start ment SL was just able to hold her off at the finish line!
Day 2. Yesterday’s forecast of little to no wind proved to be so wrong we held out hope that it would be wrong again but with wind speed forecast to just 1 knot gusting to 2 knots the odds were stacked against us. First race was scheduled to start at 10:30 but no point launching to just “bob about”! I was asked to launch at about midday to “test the wind” (someone referred to me as being the crash test dummy”)!! But whilst I could just maintain position, I could make no headway against the tide. We adjourned “wind watch” and had another super lunch. After another hour or so Hamish abandoned all hope and arranged prize giving based on the positions after Saturday’s 3 races. Sod’s law, shortly after prize giving the wind filled in and great sailing would have been possible, ah well. Boats broken down and put back on trailers and our goodbyes said to our hosts Hamish and his team of helpers. Thanks, so much guys and we’ll definitely be back next year, can we book some wind?
Result was
1st Duncan Greenhalgh. 2nd John McPartlin. 3rd Ann Ritchie





A major annual event in the South of Scotland is "Kippford Week" held this year from 7th to the 13th August.  The venue is tidal and once reached the sailing area is simply stunning.  This year two challengers took part in this open event, (which unfortunately was curtailed by 3 days due to high winds making sailing dangerous). Our two Challenger heroes were Duncan Greenhalgh and Stephen Thomas Bate.  I say hero's because they produced some remarkable perfomances, and despite competing against some very experienced and local sailors who sailed in GP14's, Laser's, Solo's, Firefly's, Wanderer etc still managed to do the class proud by coming 1st and 3rd!!  Congratulations fella's  Full results can be found at "Kippford week results"
Click here for full Full Yachts and Yachting report


T2 at Loch Venachar 31st July / 1st August 2021
This was only our 2nd event of the year due to covid restrictions and it was great to see faces not seen for 2 years or more. We were blessed with sunshine and dry conditions for the entire weekend although the wind wasn’t up to much on the Saturday with boats being given places on the water as unable to reach the finish line due to lack of wind. 
 3 races held on the Saturday 7 boats competing in each race. From a personal perspective the boats looked fab with their new sails in the sunshine being mirrored in the Loch, my view was mostly from the back as the boats sailed away from me! Lack of practice is my only excuse as I tried really hard! It was good to see Ronnie Cameron sailing again, he must surely be our oldest competitor at 92!  His advanced years certainly did not stop him from being competitive (he beat me a couple of times)! Another face not seen in quiet a while was Ann Ritchie, an accomplished sailor who was consistent throughout and sailed a storming last race to become the only sailor to deprive Duncan Greenhalgh of a clean sweep of 1st places! The last race was of particular note (at one point Ann and I were neck and neck) but she managed to not only pull away from me but passed every other boat on the water to finally overhaul Duncan just before the finish line. Duncan who had led throughout and had built up a big lead had been going noticeably slower. It turned out he had left the bung out of his main hull and had been gradually sinking throughout the entire race. He retired just before the boat became so heavy it was unsailable (I don’t think it would have actually sunk!)
My thanks go to the organisers of the event especially to John McPartlin who did much of the pre race prep and to the commodore and his committee along with the shore support and the safety boat crews. For full results go to 2021 Regattas

Scottish Open Challenger Championship 2021 was held at SYC Kippford (Dumfries and Galloway) on 10th & 11th July.  Video created by Lindsay Tosh who apologises for slightly jerky presentation, its a new drone! (looks fab to me!)  Viewers should note that launching at Kippford entails going into an incoming tide of about 3 or 4 knts.  The wind was 3 to 5 knots so progress against the tide was very slow, all boats were eventually towed to the start line where because of its more open nature was slightly more windy!.

You Tube Video




20 April 2021
Update on Monklands Sailing Centre
After my visit to Monklands yesterday I am sad to report that the work being done by the river and canal authority on the dam is not scheduled to be completed until the end of the year. This means the water level remains low, so low in fact that it is extremely difficult to launch a boat from the concrete slipway as the water does not reach it. The area in front of the slip way is still deep silt despite some 100 ton being removed back in October last year. Consequently and due to the lack of sailing, membership is diminishing and funds for improvement of facilities are almost non existent.
There is a proposal to drive a new hard core road to a new launch site within the clubs premises just 30 metre or so to the right of the existing slipway. Ideally a road in and a road out along with parking for a number of trolleys would be created. This would give access to a gravel shore and a launching area which is silt free.
Monklands is an excellent stretch of water in desperate need of funds to breath life back into the club. Any and all avenues to raise funds to enable this to happen will be explored. Any suggestions will be considered.


13th April 2021
I am sad to report I have received the resignation letter from our newly appointed trustee and secretary Jim Donaldson. Jim cites health reasons and we wish him well.  He intends to continue with sailing and will continue his active interest in Sailability Scotland.  As a result of this we are now short of a secretary and would appreciate any volunteer coming forward.  This is not an onerous role and as much support as possible will be given to the new incumbent. Please address any inquiry to myself in the first instance: chairman@sailabilityscotland.org.uk


Further to our recent AGM the following change was made to the charities constitution.  This change is 


Jim Donaldson of Fife Sailability has asked me to promote his fund raising effort.  Jim has set himself the challenge of cycling 300 mile in the month of March to raise funds for Cancer research.  Follow this link for details of Jim's progress and if you wish to support him.


This years AGM will be held via zoom on Saturday 20th March at 14:30
All members will be emailed a link closer to the time, we look forward to "seeing you all again even if it is only virtually.


14th Feb 2021
Unfortunately the committee has received the resignation letter from our secretary Neil MacDougall. Neil will perform his final duties as secretary at our forth coming AGM ( notification to members with further details of the AGM will be sent out under separate cover shortly).
Neil has been with us for two years and his knowledge and experience has made him a highly valued member of the committee. He will be missed. His departure will open up the position of secretary on the committee ( all office holders need to be re elected at AGM ). If anybody feels they can make a positive contribution I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know. Treasurer@sailabilityscotland.org.uk
I would be more than happy to hear from you!
This year has been a nightmare for all of us and we still do not know when it will end. With the absence of sailing we have not had an opportunity to meet up for nearly a year. Because of this there is a proposal that membership fees for next year will be set at zero as no sailing occurred in 2020. ( to be voted on at AGM)
Time moves on and we all get a little older, can I ask all members to respond to this post and indicate if they wish to continue their membership from April when present membership expires?
I have to be honest, there is a strong possibility that the charity may fold if membership falls away or if no one steps up to replace Neil on the committee.
Sincerely
Steve Laycock
Treasurer



11th February 2021
Sadly this years chance to join in the multi class regatta at Weymouth has been lost. 🙁 
RYA Sailability

It is with considerable regret that we have to advise that the 2021 RYA Sailability Multiclass Regatta, due to be held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy between the 11 - 13 June 2021, is being cancelled. This has been a difficult decision but we believe is the right one in the current climate of uncertainty. We will be focussing our energies into a number of alternatives that we hope will have an impct on restarting and rebuilding Sailability post pandemic. Part of this will be to engage with sailors, class associations and venues to ensure that this alternative activity supports those sailors who we know get so much from attending the Multiclass Regatta every year. Watch this space to find out more about what we are planning.


Jim Donaldson of Fife Sailability has asked me to promote his fund raising effort.  Jim has set himself the challenge of cycling 300 mile in the month of March to raise funds for Cancer research.  Follow this link for details of Jim's progress and if you wish to support him.



 Latest news as at 23/08/2020
Challenger Open to be held at Ogston water on 3rd - 4th October
I have today been informed by Dave Driffell of Ogston that this event has been Cancelled
 due to additional logistics and risks associated with Covid-19
He wanted to pass on his good wishes to all Scottish Challenger sailors and hopes to see us next year! Thanks Dave!
 Latest news as at 10/08/2020
Round Shuna setting off from Croab Haven on 29th - 30th August will be going ahead on a limited basis. Unfortunatly due to safety boat cover issues and covid 19 safety issues the challengers will not be participating this year
For us then, it has been Cancelled
 Latest news as at 23/05/2020
RYA Multiclass Regatta due to be held at Rutland on 31st July through to 2nd August
has been Cancelled
 due to Advice from RYA. "It is clear to me that the event could only be organised when we are in a 'new normal' phase of activity, rather than the first tentative steps in a return to boating. Despite all the guidance from Government in the last week there are still too many unknowns about the situation in August for us to realistically organise an event of this scale. Most importantly, even if we could run it, a significant number would feel excluded, or may feel pressure to attend whatever the impact. So I don't think it can be an event for the whole community." Joff McGill Sailability Manager RYA
Latest News as at 19/05/2020
The Round Shuna Pursuit race scheduled for 29th - 30th August has not yet been cancelled. A decision to hold the event or not will be made in early July. This should give intended participants to either book or cancel accommodation!
Latest News as at 18/05/2020
Scottish Challenger Open scheduled to take place 15th - 16th August at Bardowie (T5) Postponed/Cancelled.
We will try to reinstate this event if at all possible, venue may change.
 Latest news as at 15/05/2020
Reluctantly the Challenger Class Association have bowed to the inevitable and the Ruby Regatta is POSTPONED (note: postponed not cancelled) until 2021 ☹️ No date has been fixed but the intention is that we will SAFELY gather at Oxford Sailing Club for a fun-filled weekend to celebrate 40 years of Challenger sailing 😊
   Latest news as at 04/04/2020
Scotish Challenger Open ( T4) at Loch Venachar SC
has been Cancelled
 due to Government advice amid concerns for public health.
Latest news as at 21/03/2020
Scottish Open Challenger Championship (SOCC) scheduled to take place on 6th-7th June at SYC (Kippford)
has been Cancelled
 due to Government advice amid concerns for public health.
Latest news as at 20/03/2020
Challenger Class Association UK have just informed us that
The following events have been cancelled:
    Burghfield (Challenger Open) 8th and 9th May
    Grafham (Challenger Open) 27th and 28th June
More events may be cancelled pending Government/RYA advice
T2 Latest news as at 19/03/2020
T2 Due to be held on 4th - 5th April at Castle Semple has been postponed - (possibly cancelled) on the advice of the RYA. Castle Semple have indicated they would consider hosting this event later in the year dependent on the Coronavirus situation.
T1 Latest news as at 18/03/2020
We have been unable to locate a suitable alternative to Monklands for T1. It is with regret that this event has been postponed/canceled. The situation will be kept under constant revue and any further developments will be posted here.
Monkland SC T1 Latest news as at 10/03/2020
Due to adverse conditions underfoot at Monklands SC due to the wet weather, the Committee have thought it prudent to relocate this event. As yet no firm substitute club can be confirmed. As soon as alternative venue is confirmed the Diary will be updated.


Whats Going On?

14th Feb 2021
Unfortunately the committee has received the resignation letter from our secretary Neil MacDougall. Neil will perform his final duties as secretary at our forth coming AGM ( notification to members with further details of the AGM will be sent out under separate cover shortly).
Neil has been with us for two years and his knowledge and experience has made him a highly valued member of the committee. He will be missed. His departure will open up the position of secretary on the committee ( all office holders need to be re elected at AGM ). If anybody feels they can make a positive contribution I would very much appreciate it if you could let me know. Treasurer@sailabilityscotland.org.uk
I would be more than happy to hear from you!
This year has been a nightmare for all of us and we still do not know when it will end. With the absence of sailing we have not had an opportunity to meet up for nearly a year. Because of this there is a proposal that membership fees for next year will be set at zero as no sailing occurred in 2020. ( to be voted on at AGM)
Time moves on and we all get a little older, can I ask all members to respond to this post and indicate if they wish to continue their membership from April when present membership expires?
I have to be honest, there is a strong possibility that the charity may fold if membership falls away or if no one steps up to replace Neil on the committee.
Sincerely
Steve Laycock
Treasurer

Your executive committee once elected will serve for upto 4 years. After this they may seek re-election. At the AGM in March 2020 your Chairman and Secretary are due to retire 
If you have a vision,
If you have a little spare time,
if you have an interest in sailing or would like to become involved  contact: Chairman@sailabilityscotland.org.uk
We are looking for volunteers to help continue Sailability Scotlands work and success,

In 2020 we will arrange 6 regattas as well as international events and fun sails.  These events have in the past been solely for Challenger trimarans but this year we also hope to involve Hansa sailors For details see Diary 

Monklands project will continue to be developed and with new infrastructure in place will become a central attraction for Disabled Sailing in Scotland.  Sailability members enjoy free boat storage at this secure site. More on Monklands 
After the exec meeting at Monklands on 26th Jan 2020 we learnt that a new road is planned to be constructed to gain access to a second (existing) slipway.  This will mean access to the water even when water levels drop!  Also the club house facilities are continuing to progress and we were assured the access to th disabled entry access ramp will be tidied up and concreted before the first Traveler of 2020

Last year (2019) 8 Challengers travelled to Craobh Haven to take part in the 7 mile sea race around the Isle of Shuna.  As this year (2020) is the 40th anniversary of the very first Challenger to be produced we hope that many more boats will participate in this years event AND by obtaining sponsorship use it as a means to raise funds for the Charity Click here to download sponsorship form

PRIVACY AND COOKIE POLICY

Jim Donaldson of Fife Sailability has asked me to promote his fund raising effort.  Jim has set himself the challenge of cycling 300 mile in the month of March to raise funds for Cancer research.  Follow this link for details of Jim's progress and if you wish to support him.