This Saturday Chris Jones is participating in the inaugural City to Summit Iron-distance Triathlon.

This event starts with a 2.4 mile sea swim in the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, it’s then on to bikes for the 112 miles to Glencoe. Next is a marathon which takes in a chunk of the West Highland Way and finishes at the foot of Ben Nevis, having just been to the summit.

This is allegedly the worlds toughest triathlon and although the swim is likely to be shortened, due to the real risk of hypothermia and fatalities, it is just as well he has been training for the last 9 months. His target is to complete the journey in under 18 hours, but just finishing will be achievement enough.

He is raising money in support of the RNLI and has set up a just giving page (link below), whose services he hopes to avoid at the weekend!

Hope that Chris will give us a report on his performance as soon as he recovers.

Castle Semple Rowing Club are having their Annual Regatta on Saturday the 1st of June at Castle Semple loch Clyde Muirshiel Country Park, Lochwinnoch. This is the largest single day regatta held in Scotland with a six lane 1000m course. The day sees races from early morning and into the evening with junior, senior and veteran rowers competing in over a 100 races.

Alex Paterson

Captain of Boats

Following the publication of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s Safety Bulletin 1/2013 today the RYA is reminding everyone driving powerboats and RIBs to wear a kill cord.


In its bulletin the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) says that the RIB involved in the tragic accident in Padstow over the May Bank Holiday was fitted with a kill cord but that it was not attached to the driver at the time.


The RYA echoes the MAIB’s safety bulletin message and reminds all owners and operators of such vessels fitted with a kill cord to:


  • Test them regularly to ensure that the engine      stops when the kill cord mechanism is operated
  • Make sure that the cord is in good condition
  • Always attach the cord to the driver, ideally      before the engine is started, but certainly before the engine  is put      in gear
  • When      changing drivers it is strongly recommended that you should turn the      engine off before transferring the kill cord from one driver to the other.      The engine should only be restarted when the kill cord has been securely      attached to the new driver.


Richard Falk, RYA Training Manager and Chief Examiner said: “The kill cord serves only one vital purpose, to stop the engine when the driver moves away from the controls for whatever reason.”


“No one wants a repeat of this tragic accident and so the RYA is urging everyone driving a powerboat, RIB or personal watercraft to make sure that they attach the kill cord around their leg before they switch on their engine.”


“RYA safety guidance and training advocates the wearing of a kill cord. In this type of boat it is just as important as wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. Both are there to protect you”.


For more information on using a kill cord and how to attach it properly go to


You can read the MAIB Safety Bulletin 1/2013 on the MAIB website at


The purpose of an MAIB Safety Bulletin is to communicate any safety lessons that have been identified from an incident prior to the full report on an investigation being published.


The RYA Honda Youth RIB Championships Regional Finals are taking place at Strathclyde Country Park on Sunday 9th June, and it’s open to boys and girls aged 8 – 16 years of age.  Each competitor needs to have taken part in a heat before they can be nominated, and a word of warning, we can only take 1 entrant in each age group – there are two age groups, 8 – 12, and 13 – 16 years.

It’s a great fun activity for young water users to try, and an opportunity to develop their skills. The course is a fun thing for adult drivers to try too – see how many penalties you pick up on the way round!

If you are unsure of how best to deliver this activity, please do contact Simon Paterson at  You can also find more information, the application form and even a sample course, by clicking on the link below. – the entry form is a download on the right hand side of the page


One last word – everyone that takes part MUST have sent in their entry form, please get the forms in by 29th May, to ensure we know how many people to cater for. Please either scan and email forms to, or send them to RYA Scotland, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh EH12 9DQ.

The North East Marine Region of the Angling Trust are holding the first North East Kayak Angling Championships on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013. Fishing times on both days are 10 am to 3 pm with weigh in between 3 pm to 4.30 pm. Registration and weigh in is at the Fort House Education Resource Centre, Links Road, South Beach, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3PQ. Entry is £10 each day, all classes. Competitors must register from 8 am at Fort House. This is a Heaviest Single Fish Competition and there will be a good prize list each day. The heaviest single fish taken on the Saturday will win a Typhoon Angler Kayak, donated by Moonfleet Angling, Felling and on the Sunday the first prize is a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 Kayak donated by North East Kayaks and Paddles, Amble. There will also be a prize for the heaviest flatfish and a Junior prize each day. There will be an excellent Prize List each day, with sponsors by Lewis Tackle, Whitley Bay ; Vass ; Boat Fishing Monthly ; Shimano ; Tronix Pro ; Fladen ; Kayak Shack, Hornsea ; Simon Everett ; Red Gill Lures : Sakuma : Total Sea Fishing : Sidewinder Lures : Diawa Sports : Shamrock Tackle, Ireland, and others, yet to be confirmed.

Competitors can launch and fish from the Boat House, Whitley Bay, Blyth Beach and Church Point, Newbiggin. No competitor will be allowed to launch until after the safety talk at 9.30 am each day at the three launch points. All kayaks will be inspected for safety equipment before launching and any not deemed to be properly equipped will be refused entry to the competition. Any competitor not having ship-to-shore radio will be asked to “buddy up” with someone who has. Safety boats will be in attendance throughout the two days. The R.N.L.I. will be carrying out free safety checks on life jackets and bouyancy aids. Competitors may use two rods – one for artificials, i.e. shads etc. and the other for bait fishing limited to three hooks on each rod.

The Committee of the North East Region of The Angling Trust are grateful to the Members of the South Beach Residents Association Angling Club for their kind offer to carry out the weigh in on each day.

Blyth’s Lady Mayoress will be presenting Prizes and Trophies after the weigh-in on Sunday.

Free camping and caravan facilities can be booked by contacting the Coastal Warden, Arthur Cranson on 01670-797323 or email Showers and toilets will be available on site. There is also a fish-and-chip shop and restaurant next to the regisistration point. Free barbeques will be available for competitors to use. Free tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available for competitors.

Trade stands will be on site, which will bring added interest from the general public.
• Moonfleet Angling, Felling (0191-4381555) will have items of fishing tackle on sale and also a selection of their boats.
• The Kayak Shack, Hornsea (01964-562203) will also have a stand with kayaks and equipment available.
• North East Kayaks and Paddles, Amble (01665-714039) will have a large selection of kayaks and equipment. They will also have some of their instructors and demonstration kayaks available for anyone wishing to try these craft out.
• The RNLI and the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen will have stalls selling their products.
• The North East Region of the Angling Trust will have a stand to encourage new members.

Competitors will be asked to donate any unwanted fish and a filleting demonstration will be given with the fillets being given to spectators for donations to the R.N.L.I.

There is plenty of free parking at the registration point, with easy access to the beaches. There is a charge for parking at Whitley Bay.

Postal bookings can be made.

For further details, and postal bookings, please contact Sam Harris on 0191-5184561, email or Peter Mantle on 0191-4887421.

Dates for the rest of the year are as follows:

Boat Club Sessions 2013 to Year End

The latest skiff to be launced on the Clyde will be at Fairlie Beach, North end of Bay Street, at 12:30 on Saturday. All welcome to attend and enjoy the informal BBQ and get together.

Troon will be bringing one of their skiffs.

See below and attached.


Sorry to bother you with this, my canoe was stolen/removed from Loch Hourn on May 4/5th and I’m hoping to try and spread the word about to see if it can be found.

I’ve attached a PDF with the details and a picture. If you could possibly put it up on a notice board or forward it on that would be very much appreciated.

Thanks for your time,

Yours sincerely,

Chris Longstaff



I am the Mirror Class Association rep for Scotland, and based at Helensburgh SC. I have been offered some funding by the UK Class Association to support class training sessions in Scotland, and wondered if there are any Mirror sailors in your club dinghy section who would be interested if, say, we ran an event at Helensburgh.

There is a bit more information on the Scottish Mirror Class website

Hope to hear from you,


Mike Heath

RWSABC Sailing

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