First, Happy New Year to everyone! Now the festive period is over, its time to celebrate again with the Club Prize-giving for the 2017 season and enjoy our winter social. This year it will be held on:
Saturday 27th January commencing at 15.30 in the Kippford Village Hall
After introductions from the Commodore, the SYC 2017 presentation and the main prize giving, we will be holding our version of the “Great Scottish Bake Off”.
This will be a highly competitive sporting event and members are invited to bring along their baking sensations for “blind" judging by an expert panel, including a VIP guest judge, Councillor Davie Stitt, a great supporter of sport in the Stewartry and SYC in particular.
As far as entries are concerned, anything goes! Judging will consider nautical / sailing / SYC theme, appearance, presentation and such minor details as taste, texture and anything else the judges see fit! Use your creativity!
Valuable prizes will be awarded including highest place Cadet, with worst entry being suitably recognised! A Protest Committee will be on hand should any of the entries be suspected of outside assistance from the likes of M&S so beware!
Once concluded, there will be the opportunity to share and enjoy the fruits of the hard working entrants but everyone, please bring along a "bite to share”, savoury or sweet, (M&S, Tesco etc assistance welcome here!). Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available but if you want to bring anything stronger, please do. Please note, there will be no bar service. If time permits afterwards, we may have “party games” but promise, no boat-building this year!
Why not make a day of it? Between 1200 and 1400 the local RNLI Fundraising Committee will be holding their annual SOS lunch. For a small charge come and have lunch and most importantly, support the RNLI and then possibly, a brisk walk before returning for our event.
Best wishes and "get baking” to you all!
The Solway Yacht Club offers a cordial invitation to visiting sailors.
The Solway Yacht Club offers drying out pontoon berths for approximately 6 yachts at £15 per night payable at the Mariner Hotel at the head of the pier.
However, Kippford is not really a suitable berthing area for Fin Keelers as there are no deep water moorings. Additionally, the Club ask fin keelers not to 'tie up' onto the pontoons as they put too much pressure on the structure and cause damage.
Both Cruiser and Dinghy visitors can have access to the Clubhouse for showers and toilets. WiFi is available in the Clubhouse free. The WiFi is with BT so a BT Open Zone is available for BT Broadband customers. Ask the Hon Sec for the pass codes for the Clubhouse and WiFi when you book. There are water and electricity points on the pier and pontoons.
We can sail to and from the pontoons and slipway between 2.5 to 3 hours each side of high tide. The channel is buoyed and there are few hazards in the bay or estuary(see chart and sailing instructions)
Kippford has a well equipped chandlers at the Kippford Slipway. A bus service calls at the village and stops at the shelter in the village opposite the Chandlers.
The Kippford Caravan Park (up the hill on the way out of the village) provides a seasonal shop with a wide range of fresh foods, newspapers etc. It also has cycle hire.
Adjacent to the Caravan Park is a Golf Course which welcomes visitors.
Kippford has two hostelries, the Anchor and the Mariner both of which do bar meals.
There are some spectacular walks from the village and the Jubilee Path between Kippford to Rockcliffe is publicised as one of Scotland's best. There is the Rockcliffe Gallery in the Barons Craig Hotel and a tea shop in Rockcliffe, on the left, just where the road leaves the village.
The path along the shore from Rockcliffe to Castle Point will not disappoint.
Solway Smuggling - during the 18th century the Solway was one of the most prolific smuggling areas in the country, particularly, with the independence of the Isle of Man and the numerous creeks, coves and caves, between Southerness and Fleet. The link will take you a summary of smugglers tales.
Items of Interest
The Solway Yacht Club in the 50's and 60's The SYC when it was based in Rock Villa - kindly donated by Guy Mathison read on...
Kippford circa 1908/9
This interesting set of photographs was taken by Mr. John Hume whilst on holiday in Kippford about 1908/9 kindly donated via Gordon Daly read on...
Smuggling Tales on the Urr Estuary
Solway Smuggling - during the 18th century researched and compiled by Frank Bewley read on...
Contact a Committee Member Contact Details
The Clubhouse, Kippford,
Phone: 07768 809862 or 01556 620312 (only when club events on)