SYC Members will be greatly saddened by the news that our Bosun, Kevin Paul, passed away on Saturday 1st September. A tribute to Kevin can be found on the Members’ page of the SYC Website. 

The funeral will be held on Thursday 20th September at 1.30pm at St Nicolas’s Church, Guisborough TS 14 6BS

It will be followed by a private cremation.

No flowers please, but donations at the church to the RNLI

Members will be saddened to learn that one of our longstanding fellow members, Robert Furness, passed away suddenly very recently. He was well known to many us, along with his boat “Pipsqueak”, and will be sorely missed.  Our sincere thoughts and sympathy are with his wife, Shelagh and all the family at this sad time.

“Melisande” is a short 22ft whaler, built at Robertsons boat yard on the Holy Loch in 1918/19, has oars & sails and was the ship’s boat for the Royal Navy survey vessel “Melisande”, built on the Clyde also in 1918/19. She weighs approximately 1.2 tons and up to 6 persons can row her, with a cox & lookout forward. She would have been used as the ship’s boat for general duties, plus inshore work as she has a very shallow draft 15-18 inches aft. She has a very heavy centre plate and no engine. She was sold out of the Navy after the First World War having had a short Navy life. She has been in the care of one family from Essex ever since. Her sails were made by Jimmy Lawrence of Brightlingsea in Essex assisted by the last owner who wanted to experience making the sails for her in an evening class Jimmy was involved with at the Nottage Institute at Wivenhoe, Essex on the River Colne. I was offered her 3 years ago, but it has taken that long for the family to part with her. They wanted her to go to someone who would look after & who was into whalers & wooden boats.


Solway Yacht Club Open Day 2018

Sunday brought perfect weather for the Solway Yacht Club's 2018 Open Day. In beautiful Spring sunshine and with a pleasant North East wind, the Solway Yacht Club offered visitors trips out on to the water, with tea and cakes on return up at the clubhouse. What made it extra special was the naming and launching of three brand new Club training boats, two of which had been most generously funded by the Holywood Trust.

Full story coming soon....

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SYC new galley

Dave Hart (new member) is an inveterate boat collector of interesting historic craft. He has bought Lovely Nellie & plans to fit her out as a work boat , Lovely Nellie has an interesting history as one of the ships boats from HMS Ark Royal broken up in 1980 . She is a 24 feet Cheverton work boat with a Perkins 4236 diesel 80hp engine, she is being rewired from 24v to 12v, having a new 12v starter & alternator fitted, reposition instruments for engine to beside the engine on the port side, having all the engine hoses replaced & exhaust system upgraded plus a small cuddy added up fwd, new floors, reinforced side decks from amidships to aft so that mooring gear can be pulled over the side, fitted with aft tiller steering & remote aft engine controls, fuel tanks moved aft, new engine box made to allow access all around the engine, new gantry fitted amidships for nav lights & nav aids, replace or repair the propeller,  she will be available to assist members with moorings & towing, assist SYC with races as a committee boat if required,  assist KARMA Kipford & Rockcliffe moorings association if required, assist with general work boat operations any one may require in the river Urr, AJG insurers have agreed to insure her for this use once refitted after she has had her survey & insure her during the fitting out period over the next few months.

If interested in helping to work on TUG formally (lovely Nellie) then please contact Dave Hart.

Opportunities to learn to use TUG will be available to members via SYC in the future if required.

Handling a displacement hull work boat is different to a RIBS.

Dave likes volunteers so why not get involved, adults only .

Phone Dave on :01556-660007 . If interested.

Please contact James Wilson on 01556630436 to view.
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RS Quba that we have for sale on the Solway Yacht Club website. It is very lightly used and comes with road trailer, cover, launching trolley , gib and main sail. It is complete and ready to go. The boat is about 5 years old and has been used less than 24hours. My kids are not really interested in sailing hence the reason the sell it. We also have a Laser 2000 sail number 22041 which again has hardly been used and comes complete with road trailer, cover, launching trolley etc. Both boats have been garaged stored.. We would like £1500 for the Quba and £3,250 for the Laser.

Robin Porter +44 7851 630687  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Flying 15 extravaganza ( sale)

  1. Proctor Epsilon mast ( unrigged)  - £ 160
  2. Tactic Mini Compass                       - £ 100
  3. 2011 Goacher Main and Genoa ( good condition) - £ 100
  4. Winder balanced Rudder -                                        £100
  5. Selection of Goacher, P&B Spinnakers  -  £ 50
  6. Brass Tiller block- £ 35
  7. Selection of red mainsheet, jib and spinnaker tapered sheets - £35
  8. Toe straps ( red) - £10
  9. Tow Rope ( could pull the Queen Mary2) - £10
  • Boom – 1970 vintage ( gold) – Free 

Available from Easter weekend:

Colin Filer ( 07881475476)

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Contender 530 For sale

Great Boat to get into the class. Still competitive!!!. Stored dry and very little use.

  • Clean hull
  • 2 sails - 1 ok-good 1 training, In process of attaining a new sail through insurance so this will be included once it comes through as no use to me.
  • 2 tillers - 1 carbon
  • Trolley and combi road trailor new bearings etc.
  • Top Cover
  • Foils in good condition

Please ask for more pictures as have lots and looks great
Boat will be in Kippford until the week after Kippford.

Overall in great condition for age, always gets comments, odd mark and small bow repair. Boat is being sailed Kippford week.

Contact Matt 07772454782
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Honda 2.3HP 4-Stroke Long Shaft Outboard

Purchased as a back-up engine July 2014 but never needed and run for <10 hours – as good as new. £540 ono.

Contact Julian Stanning 01556 630244

****Hartley Byte (CI small rig) for sale****
Ideal 'next' boat for progression from a Pico or Topper, or for adult mid-weight sailors.
Bought brand new April 2016, hardly been used.
Super self de-powering rig, Mylar fully battened sail, high boom, controls lines side mounted, self draining cockpit.
2 part hybrid mast, stiff carbon lower/ flexi glass upper, easy to right.
Lightweight, GRP foam sandwich construction.
The bottom section of the mast can be upgraded to take the CII bigger sail later!
Comes with launching trolley.
£3500. Lying at Otley Sailing Club, Yorkshire, but can be brought to Kippford.
Please contact me if you are interested (07811 945436 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Hartley Byte For Sale

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For Sale - Hunter Horizon 21 - Sail Number 38 - Offers invited.

New circa 1993. Needs a new roller-reefing self-tacking foresail.

Includes a road/launching trailer in need of maintenance but still capable of transporting the boat for a road journey (illegally because the weight requires the trailer to be braked) but tyres and wheel bearings are excellent (nearly new).

Winner of the cruiser handicap racing in Kippford Week on two occasions.

Offers invited. Contact Dr. John Wilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Members' Sales and Wants

Various chandlery items.

For Sale - Hunter Horizon 21 - Sail Number 38 - Offers invited.

Yacht Tender £100

Mirror £250

For Sale - see more details

Enterprise with two sets of sail and other equipment.
In fair condition. Last sailed 5 years ago at Kippford.
Free to a good home. Needs to be collected.
Stored in Colvend where it can be inspected without obligation.
Please contact 01556 630 255 for further details.

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