This was a first time for the club. Lots of preparation with getting suitable boats ready and lots of phone calls to get enough volunteers to do all the tasks. Sandwiched between two glorious weeks of warm sunshine, the day dawned – misty, drizzle, colder and no wind – dreich even by Scottish standards. However, the enthusiasm to try out what was on offer (free and a modestly priced catering and BBQ) soon had the clubhouse and slipway buzzing with families and students.


Our Principal had done a brilliant job with organising the support, being there and ready to welcome the participants, filling in the forms (permissions, medical conditions and details so we could contact them again). Fitting visitors out with tally wristbands, lifejackets or buoyancy aids as appropriate and then directing them down the slipway to our capable beachmaster.

Finally out on to the water, in RIBs to get to the two Sigma 33s who were hunting the wind, or to the Wayfarer, Laser 2000, Sport 14 or Feva dinghies. We did OK: people came in happy and buzzing, the helms catching the zephyrs and inspiring confidence: “Mum, can I go out again maybe on a another boat?”  When the wind was too light, a whiz around the bay in one of the RIBs proved to satisfy their appetite. Our kitchen and BBQ experts kept everyone fed and watered – and the food was excellent.

Would we do it again? Most of us think definitely yes. There was a good feeling amongst the helpers that we were doing something worthwhile, promoting sailing and the club. We had about 60 visitors, about twice what we hoped for, with over 80 separate sorties on the water. The PTBO picture frame was a complete hit – and we have some new members.