Forfar Sailing Club
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Dates for Your Diary 2013
Training Weekend Day 1 & 2 June 2013Forfar Sailing Club held the first of this year's training courses for beginners on Saturday and Sunday at Forfar Loch.
Both days offered light winds, albeit fickle ones as usual for the Loch, and lots of sunshine, so conditions were near perfect for the occasion. Apart from one or two periods of glass-like water, the only adverse weather came mid-afternoon on Saturday when a passing squall sent down a stiff wind with nasty gusts, encouraging everyone to shore.
Overall, the unanimous verdict was that the weekend had been a resounding success, seeing five adults and two 11-year-olds achieve a level of sailing competence that gives them now the confidence to take boats out, sail a course and come back in in moderate conditions, unassisted.
Commodore Jim Green paid tribute to the unstinting hard work carried out by Club volunteers: Malcolm Heron, Peter Tait, Graeme Knox, Craig Knox and Alan Cairns provided the instruction, whilst shore support came from Murray Hadden and David Smith. And no-one went hungry, thanks to lots of nice food served up by Gail Adams and Maddie Simpson. It is planned to hold a second training course on 29th-30th June.
Sailing and Social Calendar
FSC offers support and encouragement to people of all levels, however there is a competitive element and ultimately it endears as a racing club. Most Sundays during the sailing season there are two races and most Tuesdays and Thursdays one race, each race lasting about 1hour depending on wind strength. Races are grouped in series with each usually completed over 6 or 7 days/evenings. Complete details of the club's 2013 racing, training and social events can be viewed in the club's sailing calendar or downloaded here.
The club has a mixed fleet, has both pursuit and average lap time racing using the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) system of handicapping. Details of the system can be found at the RYA site here  The yardstick numbers allow different classes of boats to be raced against each other: the aim is to cancel out the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each class of boats, and provide a common time that represents the skill of the crew.
Each class of boat is assigned a PY number, with fast boats having low numbers and slow ones high numbers - so, for example, in the case of two dinghies, a Laser has a UK PY of 1087 while a Solo has a PY of 1148 (these are the actual PY numbers for 2013, but note that adjustments are made each year).
Although there are many weather forecasting site on the Internet the XCWeather site provides a detailed forecast for Dundee riverside which seems to be the nearest weather station to Forfar.
Rules of Sailing
The official documentation describing the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing can be found here 
Club Photo Gallery
A selection of photos from various club activities and events including four slideshows of the clubs 2012 opening regatta.
A collection of sailing photos from around the world can be viewed here.
This section lists the important club documents that can be viewed with Adobe Reader.
Slideshow and Videos
Closing Regatta 24 & 25 September 2011
Frostbite Series 1:2 Sunday 12 September 2010 (to view in high definition
Commodore's Report - 2012
Frostbite 1:2 Slideshow
Above is a slideshow of the Frostbite Series 1:2 held on Sunday 12 September 2010. Photo courtesy of Pixeland.co.uk
50th Anniversary Prize Giving
Founding members and new members at an historic club gathering.
Some of our most notable members