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The events listed below run alongside the usual evening and weekend sailing sessions – but, everything is subject to change due to weather etc. There will likely be additional entry and transport charges associated with some of these events.

Early May (D)
Adult beginners and improvers evening courses will begin
Two course start dates are planned offering a chance to begin your journey to the horizon or build upon existing basics and get some rules under your belt so you can mix it with anyone.

May 13
Skye Sailing Club Open Day and RYA Push the Boat Out event (D/PB)
We will open the doors to all and invite the community to come along, meet Members past and present, have a sail and hopefully join the Club.

In order to make this a great, stress free fun day we will need plenty of volunteers for everything from making tea to helping run safety boats – sounds glamorous, I know, but not everyone can do the peachy jobs like turning the wetsuits through the right way!

Throughout June (D)
This was such a success last year that we will again be hosting Primary 7s for a day on the water with us – thankfully, not all at the same time! All primary schools on Skye will be offered at least one day with us. Get in touch if you would like to join in.

June 10
Beach Clean on Camas Ban (D, K, R, PB)
Everyone loves going there, unfortunately not everyone takes everything home with them afterwards!

We plan to sail over, clean the place up, grab a game of rounders and sail back. Sailing places will be limited to boat numbers but anyone can walk round to help if they wish or we will shoot you over in a rhib.

June 17/18
Plockton Dinghy Regatta (D)
Our nearest neighbours are planning to have a dinghy regatta. We are invited. It is not team racing but no less fun to join in. Details to come from Plockton but let the Club know if you want to take part and we'll see what we can do. There will be logistic charges and entry fees.

June 23/24/25
Midsummer in the Minch and Gairloch Big Boat Regatta (K)

In an effort to appeal to all boat sizes we intend to run the Midsummer in the Minch race during the Friday afternoon and evening arriving in Gairloch Friday night. Then Saturday and Sunday there will be a regatta in the bays and around the islands and buoys of Gairloch. A full, race-filled weekend with Minch prize, Regatta prize and overall event prize. So far the general interest noises are good!

This combined event will increase the amount of sailing returned for the journey made and Gairloch Boat Club and Skye Sailing Club hope you will lend your support to it.

July 3 (D)
It's the summer… Summer Sailing School begins – the first of several weeks. Courses to suit all levels and all ages.

July 8/9
Sailaway Camping Weekend (D, K)
Pack up the camping kit and sail off to a near 'distant' shore for a barbecue and night under the stars. This will be restricted to sailors of minimum Level/Stage 2 and above only. Limited places. More detail soon but a list of interested souls is forming already – all ages of sailors and helpers needed.

If you fancy joining in on your keelboat and achoring off – you are very welcome.

July 11/12
Junior Powerboat Training (PB)
Brand-spanking new; a great opportunity for sensible Juniors and Cadet Members to begin Powerboat Training. Very limited places will be available. If you get good enough you may be eligible for the Honda Junior Powerboat Challenge.

July 22/23
Kyles Cup (K)

Format as last season. Kyle to Portree Saturday, Portree to Kyle Sunday. If anyone out there would like to organise an evening gathering round a barbecue or at the Club, please do not be shy!

July and August
Skills Days (D)
We will be hosting sailing days on which there will be no certificate or award but the chance to improve skills and tweak up some techniques you want to cover ahead of the Gunn Trophy and the RYA Scottish Club Trophy.

Monday 7 August
Skye Highland Games Regatta (D)
Third year now and with the skills in the Club we should see some fantastic racing.

Tuesday August 8
Vice Admiral's Cup (K)
We have requested to the Games Committee that they let us make more of the racing and add value to raise this brilliant day on the water to the standard of the food and drink supplied! The proposal is still awaiting a final okay but plan is three races, starting around an hour earlier and finishing an hour or so later with three shorter round the cans in sight of the massed crowds on the pierhead.

Hopefully this will make the need to take a day off work and the journey from outwith to Portree even more appealing and the fleet will grow.

August 12
Round Raasay Pursuit (K)
Your own boat handicap start time and a fixed end time… can you pass the boats in front or stop those behind passing you? Different race dynamic and normally a great test of pure sailing ability rather than crafty race tactics on the startline.

Wednesday 9 August
Skye Highland Games Rowing (R)
The chance to row in front of the midge swatting thousands on Games Day. Can the young women continue to out-row the blokes?

August 19/20
RYA Scottish Club Trophy (D)
A Cadet event aimed principally at relative newbies when it comes to racing – basically those that have not been selected to sail in a Scottish Development Squad. Combines coaching from the pros and a bit of racing. Would be great to take a team (3) or two (6) down to the Clyde to race Toppers… we shall see! It starts with your interest.

September 16
The Gunn Trophy (D)
The big noise regionally for Cadets… can we hang on to it?



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