The 2016 Flying Fifteen Scottish Nationals @Kippford
The club has been a leading Flying Fifteen club for decades
Horse Isles Bay Picnic 2018
On the start line!
And they're off!
Hunca Munca as committee boat
With Hestan and Balcary behind
The start of the cruiser season masterminded by Jim
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
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
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
New members for 2025 survey the sailing area
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Solway Yacht Club
The Club was established in 1904 and is situated in the village of Kippford, on the Colvend Coast in Dumfries and Galloway. An area of outstanding natural beauty, its traditional towns and villages, rugged cliffs, islands and inlets with secluded beaches are a delight. The area was much favoured by smugglers, and tales of their activities abound.
The Solway Yacht Club's situation on the Urr estuary provides for a variety of sailing from exciting dinghy racing in the shelter of the bay to offshore racing and cruising. It’s ideally situated for access to the Irish Sea and, from there, it’s but a short hop to the magnificent sailing area that’s the west coast of Scotland.
The Club has a strong Cadet Training Section with numbers of RYA Qualified Instructors, Senior Instructors and Coaches. There’s a good spread of young enthusiastic instructors through to a few who have years of experience behind them, along with less hair than their young peers. Every year, the club runs Cadet Week, tradition stretching back decades. The week sees some spirited racing, coaching for the improvers and a full programme of RYA courses for beginners. The social scene during the week is legendary, with Mudlarks and the dinner perhaps being the highlights. Cadet Week has produced many a fine sailor over the years including many top class national racers and not forgetting Jock Wishart, the famous explorer and adventurer.
Adults are not forgotten and Kippford Week racing has become an annual pilgrimage for many families, from all parts of the UK. Six days of racing cater for dinghies, keelboats and cruisers. Again the social side is very much part of the week and the village is jumping for the week. It’s a holiday area but, for that week, there’s no room in any hotel, B&B or guest house.
The Solway Yacht Club offers a cordial invitation to visiting sailors, however, Kippford is not really a suitable berthing area for fin keel cruisers due to drying moorings. Any boat that can take the ground will be able to moor in the Urr. There is limited space at the club’s pontoons but charges are very modest and the pubs in the village serve great food.
Most importantly, we are a friendly club. We welcome new members, visitors or just anyone who would like to pop in for a blether about boats, the Solway, the weather (always great in Kippford) or just the state of the world. Remember though that we're glass half full folk.
The committee has decided to offer free WiFi to all members at the Club House.
The WiFi key required to join the network can be found on the members' area of the website or can be obtained from a committee member on request. We hope you will find the useful for checking your e-mail, news and weather forecasts whilst waiting for the tide!
Members' Only Area
The Members' Area contains Club Access Codes, Current Club Handbook, Committee Minutes, the Club's Constitution and other member only information, which arises from time to time.
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