The Club Cruising Group was formed in 2007 to encourage keelboat and motor cruiser owners to share knowledge and experience, and explore various destinations within the Clyde area and beyond in the company of others to build confidence in a convivial atmosphere.
Covid-19 update (autumn 2021) - we describe below our activities in a "normal" year, including summer cruises in company, and winter socials and talks. We did manage to hold three of the four scheduled 2020 winter talks prior to lockdown, but had to cancel the liferaft demonstration planned for April. Similarly the 2020 summer programme was a victim of further restrictions, which also scuppered the winter socials and talks for 2020-21. Easing restrictions did allow a late season cruise in company to Rhu in August 2021, with a record 12 boats and 32 members and guests participating. Winter talks 2021-22 depend on the Covid situation - hopefully much better now with the success of the vaccinations programme - and a volunteer coming forwad to arrange these.
From the beginning of April through to the end of September, a series of weekend cruises are offered with musters planned by members around the Clyde and its surrounding lochs and Islands. These often take in important festivals such as the Bute Jazz Festival (May) and Tarbert Seafood Festival (July). All cruises start with a meeting in the Clubhouse on either Friday evening or Saturday morning to agree destinations and the all-important social programme. We hold a weather check and safety briefing at this meeting, agreeing our VHF working channel and exchanging mobile phone numbers of all participants. The 2020 programme was a victim of the coronavirus restrictions, but as an example of our normal activities, the 2019 programme is shown below. All cruises are advertised in the Club e-news and will be posted on this page and on the Cruising Facebook page. A guidance document for cruise coordinators, compiled with the help of the club safety convenor, is attached below.
We sometimes undertake longer cruise in company, for 1, 2 or 3 weeks (or longer!) depending on members' availability. Designed to share the experience of navigating the waters west of the Mull of Kintyre, and Ardnamurchan, and passage planning around the tidal seas of the Mull of Kintyre and West Coast of Scotland, these cruises are agreed and planned by those wishing to take part on a year to year basis. They are usually beyond the Clyde and in recent years have taken in Northern Ireland, the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Western and Small Isles as well as Crinan Canal.
In the winter months we take the opportunity to brush up on our shore based knowledge with a series of talks geared towards both educating and entertaining. These take place on Sunday afternoon in the Hems Kalis room of the Clubhouse, usually on the same weekend as the Friday evening quiz. The 2019 and 2020 talks included some fascinating insights from members about their cruising and shore based adventures, and other topics with a general marine theme. We also hold social evenings where members can come and hear talks from friends and colleagues and share their own experiences with a buffet supper and bar service. These are advertised in the Club e-news and will also be posted on the calendar.
Cruising group information is also shared within the cruising Facebook page, and WhatsApp group (new for 2021), available to LSC members.
|Winter talks, Feb-Mar-Apr 2020||23.74 KB|
|2019 cruising in company report||94.27 KB|
|2019 cruising in company programme||180.99 KB|
|LSC cruising notes, May 2017||1.25 MB|
|Crinan Canal guide and pilots 2019||73.64 KB|
|Inclination - winner of the 2018 log of the year!||2.22 MB|
|Cruise coordinator guide||188.44 KB|
|Argyll Guide - March 2019||927.84 KB|
|Update on Northen Ireland etc cruising destinations, late June 2020||175.52 KB|
|IoBSC Round Bute Race 2022||35 KB|