The 2016 Flying Fifteen Scottish Nationals @Kippford
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Blown off this year :-(

It was a great week but I was just a wee bit disappointed this morning to find I had an hour and a half’s work to do to clear up after those who had hired/borrowed club Fevas. They were not tied down, the sails were crumpled in the bottom of the boats, the dagger boards were also in the boats and, amazingly, the rudders were still on the transoms. In addition to a lot of work, it  means that any insurance claim would be rightly rejected.

Fevas have two different mastgates; the old ones use a 6x60mm stainless dropnose pin while the new one has a 6mm stainless bolt and turn button with a retaining moulding on the top of the mastgate. I found the new Feva had had a 6.5mm (approx.) imperial, mild steel bolt hammered in and secured with an inaccessible safety ring up under the deck. The turn button was still there. We have spares for both models so please ask. Whoever owns the mild steel bolt can collect it from me. The safety ring did not survive the extraction process.

Not only did this damage the boat (albeit only slightly), it also meant that any attempt to drop the mast on the water had no chance of succeeding.

Sadly (subject to committee approval), I will be putting in a much more robust hiring process. In the meantime, please seek permission in advance to use any club dinghy from me, whom failing the Bosun, whom failing a Flag Officer or one of the club’s qualified Instructors. Please read the draft conditions of hire pinned to the notice board in the Event Office. Please ensure the club receives the appropriate hire fee.

Lindsay Tosh, Sailing Secretary

Jim Prentice is looking for crew for his Spitfire cat for Thursday's RNLI Regatta. Some experience preferred. Exhilerating sail pretty much guaranteed. Contact Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07775722288.


Lindsay Tosh

Sailing Secretary

Entries this year are rolling in and safety cover is limited even with all the boats we have. At the moment, we have a satisfactory ratio but now is the time to get your entry in. Go to Webcollect and enter please.


Lindsay Tosh, Sailing Secretary.

Due to errors made by me some months ago, three wrong times have been published in different places. The Briefing on Friday evening is at 18:30. The Start Times for Saturday and Sunday are 11:30 and 12:00 respectively. My apologies for any confusion.

Lindsay Tosh,  Sailing Secretary

Flora Stewart has very kindly agreed to run an extra coaching session this Monday evening 23rd July, starting at 1800. This is open to cadets and adult members wanting to hone their racing skills. James has agreed to host it on behalf of SYC. Initially it will be a shore session on the rules and related points but with HW at around 2100, there will hopefully be the opportunity for some on the water work as well.

My apologies for the error yesterday (Sunday). I have now published the provisional Spring and Summer 2018 Series results on the website and have taken down the erroneous file I published earlier. Please have a look and let me know if you disagree with any of it. 

Thanks to Duncan Gillespie for spotting the error.


Lindsay Tosh

Sailing Secretary

John Searle reports mayhem at the boat park with many boats over. Also one cruiser opposite the Ark has a foresail flogging itself to bits. Trying to get a work party together for 11:00 today (Thursday 14th June). All help welcome. 


Lindsay Tosh

In glorious Spring sunshine, a good breeze and sparkling sea, the second day of Solway Yacht Club Championship races were held on Saturday. With the biggest turnout of the year so far, entrants ranged in age from the youngest cadet age 10 to one of the senior members, a little more than 7 times the age of the youngest! Age is no limit in the sport of sailing so long as you are competent in the boat you’re sailing. The handicap system ensures that everyone is racing on an equal basis.

Delighted to announce that I have approached and had replies from the following accepting these roles for this season: 
Senior Cadet Captain- Huw Williams
Senior Cadet Captain- Pip Howie
Junior Cadet Captain - Lilli Bell
Junior Cadet Captain - Stevie Gaston 
Jo Harris
Cadet Officer


My name is Valerie Shipp; you may have seen me sailing my Sportina 680 ‘Selkie’ around Kippford and beyond. This year I have decided to sail something a little larger and I will be taking part in the Tall Ships Race which leaves from Sunderland on 14th July 2018. Over 100 square riggers and classic yachts will be racing to Esbjerg in Denmark. We will then sail in company up the coast of Norway to Stavanger, followed by a race back to Harlingen in Holland. This is the racing yacht ' Maybe' which I will be crewing on.


As part of this project I am raising funds for Greenpeace to help their campaign to reduce the amount of plastic going into the oceans. I watched the BBC’s Blue Planet II this winter and was captivated and astonished at the diversity of life which exists in our oceans. I was also saddened by the effect we humans are having on these creatures, especially by the amount of plastic we are dumping at sea. I am asking you to help Greenpeace’s campaign by donating to my Justgiving webpage; Valerie Shipp - Tall Ships Race. As the race and fundraising progresses I will be posting updates on my facebook page.

Thank you and good sailing!

Valerie Shipp

Celebrating everything that the members achieved in 2017 and after the festive season had passed, members gathered in the Kippford Village Hall on Saturday for the Club’s annual prize-giving and winter social. This year the Club’s special guest was Councillor Davie Stitt, known to many from his role on the Stewartry Sports Council. 

The Solway Yacht Club offers a cordial invitation to visiting sailors.

The Solway Yacht Club offers drying out pontoon berths for approximately 6 yachts at £15 per night payable at the Mariner Hotel at the head of the pier.

However, Kippford is not really a suitable berthing area for Fin Keelers as there are no deep water moorings. Additionally, the Club ask fin keelers not to 'tie up' onto the pontoons as they put too much pressure on the structure and cause damage.

Temporary Membership

Please visit our membership site at to apply for a temporary membership or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Both Cruiser and Dinghy visitors can have access to the Clubhouse for showers and toilets. WiFi is available in the Clubhouse free. The WiFi is with BT so a BT Open Zone is available for BT Broadband customers. Ask the Hon Sec for the pass codes for the Clubhouse and WiFi when you book. There are water and electricity points on the pier and pontoons.

We can sail to and from the pontoons and slipway between 2.5 to 3 hours each side of high tide. The channel is buoyed and there are few hazards in the bay or estuary(see chart and sailing instructions)

Kippford Area

Kippford has a well equipped chandlers at the Kippford Slipway. A bus service calls at the village and stops at the shelter in the village opposite the Chandlers.

The Kippford Caravan Park (up the hill on the way out of the village) provides a seasonal shop with a wide range of fresh foods, newspapers etc. It also has cycle hire.

Adjacent to the Caravan Park is a Golf Course which welcomes visitors.

Kippford has two hostelries, the Anchor and the Mariner both of which do bar meals.

There are some spectacular walks from the village and the Jubilee Path between Kippford to Rockcliffe is publicised as one of Scotland's best. There is the Rockcliffe Gallery in the Barons Craig Hotel and a tea shop in Rockcliffe, on the left, just where the road leaves the village.

The path along the shore from Rockcliffe to Castle Point will not disappoint.

Solway Smuggling - during the 18th century the Solway was one of the most prolific smuggling areas in the country, particularly, with the independence of the Isle of Man and the numerous creeks, coves and caves, between Southerness and Fleet. The link will take you a summary of smugglers tales.

Items of Interest

The Solway Yacht Club in the 50's and 60's The SYC when it was based in Rock Villa - kindly donated by Guy Mathison read on...

Kippford circa 1908/9

This interesting set of photographs was taken by Mr. John Hume whilst on holiday in Kippford about 1908/9 kindly donated via Gordon Daly read on...

Smuggling Tales on the Urr Estuary

Solway Smuggling - during the 18th century researched and compiled by Frank Bewley read on...

Kippford Village SYC Pier