Steve Blaney Commodore

News from the North…

Now that we are getting back to the “new normal” it is good to see more boats in the water and people enjoying their sailing again. There are, of course, those who are frightened of a second wave and have not put their boats in, in case they can’t get them out at the end of the season.

In Central Scotland (mainly Loch Earn and Loch Lomond) members have been enjoying sailing without too much attention being paid to Covid-19. On Loch Earn, Steve Blarney and Ian Maxwell have enjoyed the summer weather on the Loch and some good sailing. Ian had a wee adventure when his split-pin broke on his prop and his mainsail tore. Fortunately a good hearted jet-biker was there to rescue him.

On the Moray Firth, not a lot of sailing is taking place as some of the older members are wary about getting their boats out if there is a second wave of Covid-19. Ian Cameron and his co-owners in “Whisp” have had some good sailing and hopefully plenty more before the end of the season.

In the Firth of Forth, there has been some good sailing, with trips to North Berwick from Elie, St. Monans and Anstruther as well as trips round the Bass Rock and the May Isle. Up at the other end of the Forth (under the Bridges) there has been a fair bit of sailing across to Aberdour and Burtisland as well as trips to Granton.

In the Clyde and the West Coast things are returning to “normal”. The marinas are open with toilet facilities available and socialising done safely, observing social distancing. Winds have been lighter than usual this year, but this has not stopped folks getting out on the water – even if they have to motor home.

On the Forth we are having an on-going battle with our local council, who is trying to charge boats a £20 entry fee to local harbours – which is crazy. If you were sailing in from Edinburgh to Anstruther for a fish supper – it would cost you £20 before you leave your boat! This is not encouraging boats to use the Fife harbours and spend money in the local shops. Our local sailing club “East Neuk Cruising Club” will shortly be meeting with the Council to try to sort this out.

Awe the best,

Steve Blaney