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Dates for Your Diary 2014

  • Sunday 27th April: The Opening Regatta - so make the most of the racing before that to hone your skills.
  • Saturday 3rd May: Open Day - volunteers are needed to help shore side, getting people kitted-up, filling in day memberships and offering advice on how to get involved in sailing and on the water - manning the rescue boat and giving people taster sails.
  • Saturday 17th May: Open Day -again volunteers are needed.
  • Sunday 25th May: Marafun Day in Forfar - that day there is no racing - so will be open sailing at the Loch

Farmers Market

On Saturday, Forfar Sailing Club, Angus Canoe Club and Tayside Radio Sailing Club shared a stall at the Forfar Farmers Market to publicise their activities (see picture). They gave out leaflets and spoke to members of the public about the clubs' joint open days at Forfar Loch on 3rd and 17th May, which start at 10 am. Many people, of all ages, inspired by the video of sailing and boats on display expressed an intention to come along. It will be possible to try a sail or paddle around the loch, or to take the controls of one of the model sailing boats. With tearoom fare available in the clubhouse, these events promise to be wonderful days out for all the family. Those intending to venture on to the water should bring waterproof clothing, soft-soled shoes. and a change of clothes. Information will be given about membership of the clubs and training arrangements. For more details contact these websites: http://forfarsailingclub.org.uk/ and http://www.anguscanoeclub.org.uk/.

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.

Racing

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 Pixeland.co.uk

50th Anniversary Prize Giving

Founding members and new members at an historic club gathering.

Notable Members

Some of our most notable members