The Clubhouse
RYA Scotland Club of the Year 2018
Receiving the trophy at Inverkip
The 2016 Flying Fifteen Scottish Nationals @Kippford
The club has been a leading Flying Fifteen club for decades
Horse Isles Bay Picnic 2018
Costa Kippford
On the start line!
And they're off!
Laser Open
Hunca Munca as committee boat
RNLI Regatta
With Hestan and Balcary behind
Craning In
The start of the cruiser season masterminded by Jim
Hunca Munca
Kite flying
Mudlarks - Cadet Week
Happy cadets but slightly less than clean
At the mouth of the Urr with the Cumbria coast in the far distance
Open Day 2019
Elizabeth giving joyrides in the club Bahia
Open Day 2019
Welcome visitors from RNLI Kippford
Open Day 2019
Vice Commodore giving joy rides in Whisper
Open Day 2019
The Flying Scotsman
He made it
Close Racing
Three Laser Radials in a tussle
Little and Large
Roy Kerr and La Malouine arrive
Traditional End to Cadet Week
Senior Instructors made themselves scarce
Close to the Wire and the Water
Spitfire in full cry
Whiteport Picnic
Arriving to start a glorious picnic at the end a great week
A Busy Boat Park
And prizes for all
Getting Crowded in There
At the pontoons ready to rock and roll
The Future
New members for 2025 survey the sailing area


Classes at SYC     Click above to open in new window 

Recently, the club had need of a repair to a fixed VHF radio. A search of the internet revealed a number of companies but all wanted around half the value of the set just to look at it. Fortunately, a mountain rescue pal put me onto Willie Macpherson of Highland Signals Ltd. and they agreed a no fix no fee job. As it happened, it was not a big job but, even so, the price of £25 (plus VAT and carriage) seemed very reasonable indeed. They even threw in a new fuse holder and some connectors. Everything came back looking very neat. Their email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone is  01463 226543.

Closure of SYC Clubhouse
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in line with Government advice, please note that as of immediate effect, the Clubhouse is CLOSED to all members. We cannot guarantee currently recommended levels of cleanliness against potential coronavirus infection.
Boating at Kippford
If you wish to go boating, come changed, rig your boat and go out on the Urr. Pack up and go home – without visiting the Clubhouse.
Please note: the public toilets at Kippford may soon be closed.
Remember - there are no safety or tow boats! You go out at your own risk.
· Ensure that your boat is in good condition before setting out: check it each time
· Know the tide times, start of the ebb current and expected weather conditions
· Wear effective personal buoyancy, correctly worn with all straps secured
· Carry a secondary method of propulsion in case of engine/rigging break-down
· Carry an anchor to catch you if you start to drift
· Carry a radio/mobile phone, flare or effective means of emergency communication· Ensure that someone on land knows your voyage plan, destination and ETA, or use HM Coastguard’s ‘SafeTrx’ smartphone app: this logs your position and gives automatic alerts. Check this app out!
· Single-handers should not sail out on the tide alone: always have a ‘buddy’ (social-distanced, if relevant).
Cruiser owners / Craning-In
The Solway Yacht Club will no longer be responsible for arranging the craning-in of cruisers but, if owners want to get their boats in, they could do so by direct arrangement (contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. first). We do appreciate that there could be problems getting at boats that want to go afloat being jammed in among those who don't.
We will contact you again if / when circumstances change.
Best wishes – and stay safe.
Robert Dinwiddie
Commodore, on behalf of SYC Committee.
The Solway Yacht Club, like all sports clubs, are fully aware of the potential effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the significant risk involved with the spread of this disease via close contact with others.
We would advise that all members follow the NHS/government guidelines which can be found here:
The RYA have also issued advice and this can be found here:
We are continually monitoring the situation closely assessing the associated risks as appropriate with regard to our future activities. Our primary aim is to safeguard the health and well-being of all our members.
We thank you for your support.
Robert Dinwiddie

Delighted to say that Yachts and Yachting have put a very nice report onto their homepage at "Yachts and Yachting". It will be on there for the next 48 hours or so.

Best regards,

Robert Dinwiddie, Commodore



Willie Patterson's meticulous plan came to fruition today with a most successful Open Day. We had 115 folk from outwith the club go on the water and we got 8 new memberships. We had even more visitors who did not go out including local MSP Finlay Carson and Marc Turner from RYA Scotland, whose photographs we are agog to see. We even had the Kippford lifeboat in for a cup of tea and a bun; good to see you.

Such events rely on a huge effort from many members so can I thank all who turned up to help. We had members in the kitchen, bringing bakery, at the pierhead, in the boat park, giving joyrides, manning safety boats and much else besides. Publicity is vital and Becky, Ian and Anna arranged posters and banners. Becky has already posted some great photos on Facebook. Thank you all.

Lastly, thanks go to the RYA for their help and the materials allowing us to link the national Push the Boat Out initiative to our Open Day.

Now the task is to consolidate the gains made. We have new members, we have a raised profile locally and we need to use that to develop our great club even further.

Lindsay Tosh, Commodore

Practical Boat Owner for April 2019 (and yes I know it's only February)

The club came away from the RYA Scotland Awards evening with one direct success and one indirect.

The trophy for Club of the Year was brought home to Kippford and the honour was all the sweeter when you consider the quality of the other two clubs on the shortlist; Royal Northern and Clyde YC and East Lothian YC. East Lothian now head for London as a shortlisted club for the UK awards and we wish them well. 

Our one time cadet captain Jock Wishart was successful in the competition for Performance of the Year. Jock took the trophy with his Commodore's Cup team, who went to Cowes and came back not only victorious but very clearly the top team. Jock was kind enough to mention the club in his acceptance speech.

One thing we learned was that, should you be at a Burns Supper and Jock is addressing the Great Chieftain o' the Puddin Race, you'll hear and see a lively address; just keep out of claymore range! See Jock in full cry on the Facebook page.

Committee Minutes Feb 2019

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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



Contact the club:

  • by email :  mThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  -  for membership matters (incl. boat park fees) only
  • by email :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  -  for all other matters
  • by phone: 01556 620312 (may divert after a number of rings)
  • by mail : The Secretary, Solway Yacht Club, Kippford, Dalbeattie DG5 4LL



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