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Dates for Your Diary 2013

  • 13th, 20th and 27th October: The last three sailing dates this year, rounding off the Sunday Frostbite Series. N.B. Racing starts at 12 noon.
  • Sunday 10th November: "Boats away" day at the Club, 10.00 am. Not only members' own boats but also help will be needed to take Club boats to their winter storage. Final clean-up and winterising of the Clubhouse.
  • Tuesday 12th November: Club AGM at the Osnaburg Bar. Look out for the Secretary's Notice of Annual General Meeting, and let's have a decent turnout of members!
  • Saturday 16th November: Annual Club Dinner and Prizegiving at the Strathmore Arms in Glamis. More details later.

Closing Regatta 28-29 September 2013

Forfar Sailing Club's Closing Regatta (open event) will take place on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th September, including an Enterprise Traveller. The Annual Ceilidh will be held on the Saturday night at Northmuir Hall, Kirriemuir. Enquiries to

Entry fees - as on Entry Form. Five races over 2 days. First gun Saturday 12.55 pm, Sunday 1055 am, briefings at around 12.30 pm and 10.30 am respect. Class starts for 5+ boats in class, last race for RNLI Pennant on general handicap start. Food and refreshments for sale.

Ceilidh: Bar drinks for sale and free food from 7.00 pm, dancing at 8.00 pm. Ticket prices adult £8, under 18 £4. Tickets may be bought at Club during Saturday or at the door. Raffle.

Download Entry Form here

Training Weekend 29-30 June 2013

Forfar Sailing Club's second training course of the year took place on Saturday and Sunday, showing the ropes to three adults and two children.

Saturday saw a moderate westerly on Forfar Loch for the event, while Sunday's wind was a good deal more brisk, forcing the instruction team of Malcolm Heron, Peter Tait and Tony Walker to reef sails severely and restrict the training procedures with safety in mind. All trainees, however, came off the water with grins on their faces and a distinct feeling of having accomplished some real sailing, testament to the competence of the instructors.

Jim Green, as Commodore, congratulated the trainees on their achievements, and thanked the volunteers from the Club. As well as the instructors, he mentioned the shore support provided by Murray Hadden and Alan Cairns, and kitchen service by Sally Heron and Irene Green.

The undoubted success of the weekend proved once again that a small club such as Forfar SC can still provide newcomers with the required skills to take a boat out on the water, sail a course and bring it back in again, and instil enthusiasm in them to continue in the sport.

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Sailing and Social Calendar

FSC offers support and encouragement to people of all levels, however there is a competitive element and ultimately it endears as a racing club. Most Sundays during the sailing season there are two races and most Tuesdays and Thursdays one race, each race lasting about 1hour depending on wind strength. Races are grouped in series with each usually completed over 6 or 7 days/evenings. Complete details of the club's 2013 racing, training and social events can be viewed in the club's sailing calendar or downloaded here.


The club has a mixed fleet, has both pursuit and average lap time racing using the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) system of handicapping. Details of the system can be found at the RYA site here [1] The yardstick numbers allow different classes of boats to be raced against each other: the aim is to cancel out the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each class of boats, and provide a common time that represents the skill of the crew.

Each class of boat is assigned a PY number, with fast boats having low numbers and slow ones high numbers - so, for example, in the case of two dinghies, a Laser has a UK PY of 1087 while a Solo has a PY of 1148 (these are the actual PY numbers for 2013, but note that adjustments are made each year).

Weather Forecast

Although there are many weather forecasting site on the Internet the XCWeather site provides a detailed forecast for Dundee riverside which seems to be the nearest weather station to Forfar.

Rules of Sailing

The official documentation describing the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing can be found here [2]

Club Photo and Video Gallery

Here is a selection of photos from various club activities and events including four slideshows of the clubs 2012 opening regatta.

You can also find a selection of videos from various club activities here

Photo Gallery

A collection of sailing photos from around the world can be viewed here.

Club Documents

This section lists the important club documents that can be viewed with Adobe Reader.

Slideshow and Videos

Training Session 1 Sunday 30 June 2013

Training Session 2 Sunday 30 June 2013

Training Session 3 Sunday 30 June 2013

Peter Tait sailing the club's Laser 4.7

More club videos

More exhilarating sailing videos

Some training videos

Club News

Commodore's Report - 2012

Commodore's Report for the 2012 sailing season

Frostbite 1:2 Slideshow

Above is a slideshow of the Frostbite Series 1:2 held on Sunday 12 September 2010. Photo courtesy of

50th Anniversary Prize Giving

Founding members and new members at an historic club gathering.

Notable Members

Some of our most notable members