FOR SALE: Tornado1 RIB+Outboard

For sale are two of the club’s old rescue RIB’s both are for sale via closed bids and both are for sale sold as seen, without any warranty.

For Sale T1
4.5m Tornado RIB comes complete with
Yamaha 30hp 4 stoke outboard Power Trim and Tilt.
New cable steering system fitted
Icom VHF
Fuel tank
Launching Trolley which it is sat on currently.    

Offers via closed bids to the club Treasurer over £1500 Closing date 28th October 2011

Informal Sailing:

It would be great to see more informal sailing at Dalgety Bay. It’s a great venue, and fairly safe, so long as you are sensible:

  • Don’t go out on your own if conditions are marginal, or you have any doubts.
  • Think where you would drift if you broke something critical, like a mast. Then make sure you sail in areas that would allow you to come ashore quickly – preferably near DBSC. That normally means upwind &/or uptide.
  • Take a fully-charged mobile phone in a waterproof bag &/or a VHS radio – and make sure you know how to use them to contact useful people, with key phone numbers in your phone.
  • If you are sailing in the evening when you could get caught-out in the dark, take a whistle & torch.
  • Wrap-up warmly in the winter – you cool-down very quickly if you spend time in the water
  • Let someone ashore know what you are doing.
  • Preferably go out sailing with someone else – it’s more fun, and much safer.

We could help to promote safe informal sailing at DBSC by the use of social networking sites to encourage other people on the water at the same time – there is safety in numbers. And if several people want to go at the same time a club rib can be used for safety cover.

And if there is safety cover, then club boats can be used.

DBSC already has a Facebook page that you can join & use to post messages – search for Dalgety Bay Sailing Club on Facebook, or follow the link:!/groups/58588880350/

It is a closed group, so you have to join, but then you can post messages to other people who have joined the group – so if you think you might like to go informal sailing – join the group!

However, we are open to other ways of promoting informal sailing at Dalgety Bay – suggestions please!

Ian Renilson – Tel (01383) 823811

Attention Keelboat Sailors!

Now that most of you have put your boats to bed for the winter, what about joining the dinghies for the rest of the season?

The club has several boats that can be used – I’m thinking principally of the Stratos (a small keelboat, really! But with an asymmetric spinnaker and a trapeze – which you don’t need to use), and the Bahia – same concept, just a bit smaller and without the trapeze.

Both boats are reef-able if necessary.

Information on the boats can be found on the club web site at:

There is a crewfinder page on the web site that you can use to find a partner:

To book boats, contact Stewart Moss 07740205887/

Bridge Traffic:

The hold-ups on the bridge were pretty bad last weekend – some people were late for racing, and we think others were put-off completely.

The good news is that: there are no road-works scheduled for this weekend!

Further info at:

RYA Coach Development at DBSC:

The RYA is running a Coach Development day at DBSC on 15th October.

This is aimed at Sailing Club Race Coaches, and will feature sessions on:

  • Sailing Posture & Fitness
  • Rig & Sail Tuning
  • Structuring Sessions & Sailor Progression
  • Effective use of Video

The cost is £10, which includes food & refreshments.


Sailing Sub-Committee – Volunteers Required!

It is proposed to establish a Sailing Sub-Committee to develop sailing at DBSC, which will comprise representatives from all the main classes.

We’ve done this informally for the past couple of years, and now it is going to become more formal.

Please contact me if you would be prepared to help.

Ian Renilson – Tel (01383) 823811

Membership update on the Radium contamination issue

Many of the club’s members will have noticed the recent activity around the club and wondered what was going on, and who was digging holes in the headland.

This recent activity was instigated by SEPA as the next stage in the investigation into the ongoing radium contamination on our foreshore.

A brief history of the issue will help to explain the reasons behind the decision to do this recent work.

As many will know, a number of surveys of the foreshore and grounds have taken place over the years. The first being a routine monitoring of the area carried out by the dockyard while the nuclear submarine facility was active. Their survey was looking for potential contamination from submarines, and this is when radium material was first detected. Nuclear submarines don’t leak this kind of material, so the research started to identify where it could have come from. Continue reading Membership update on the Radium contamination issue

Special Saturday – August 20th 2011 :: ‘Opi’ Match Racing

The next Special Saturday promises to be very special indeed. We are running a match racing tournament in club Optimists. No fancy race prepared boats allowed, just what the club boats have to offer.

The tournament is for everyone, adults will be competing on a level playing field with the kids and will obviously have to rely on their skill and cunning to overcome the weight differential. Remember that age and treachery will always triumph over youth and ability.

The races will last about 5 minutes and will be a simple windward mark then back to the finish.

Briefing at 14:00, first race at 14:30.

See you there.

NOR: DBSC Regatta – August 27th & 28th 2011


Skiff Fleet

Non Asymmetric Fleet

Novice Fleet

[download NOR here]



AUGUST 27th & 28th 2011

Organising Authority

The organising authority is the Dalgety Bay Sailing Club. All enquiries should be addressed to:


The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.


There will be 2 separate courses and Sailing Instructions for a Main Regatta fleet and a Novice fleet

Main Regatta Fleet: Separate starts are expected to be offered for at least the following classes:

Scottish Skiff series Asymmetric Handicap
Non-Asymmetric Handicap Additional fleets as PRO’s discretion

Novice Fleet: There will be one combined class start.

The Race Committee may offer additional class starts if 10 or more boats in the class have entered by 11.30am on Saturday 27th August. The Race Committee’s decision on the number of classes and starting sequences will be final.


Entry Fees will be as follows:



Junior (under 18)

One day

Double handed




Single handed




Note: The entry fee includes an evening meal.


3 races are scheduled on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.


Saturday 4th

Sunday 5th


09:30 to 11:45

08:30 to 09:30



First Warning Signal  : Race 1 / 4



First Warning Signal  : Race 2 / 5

a.s.a.p. after race 1

a.s.a.p. after race 4

First Warning Signal  : Race 3 / 6

a.s.a.p. after race 2

a.s.a.p. after race 5


  1. A boat is entirely responsible for her own safety, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility.
  2. It is for the boat to decide whether she is fit to sail in the conditions in which she will find herself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that she is fit for those conditions and her crew is competent to sail and compete in them.
  3. The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular to hold insurance against third party claims in the sum of at least £2,000,000.
  4. Nothing done by the organisers can reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the organisers responsible for any loss, damage, or personal injury, however it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the racing. The organisers encompass everyone helping to run the race and the event, and include the organising authority, the race committee, the race officer, patrol boats and beachmasters.
  5. The provision of patrol boats does not relieve the boat of her responsibilities.

Tally System

A Tally System will be in operation for safety reasons, and all boats will be expected to comply with the tally rules. These rules are explained in the Sailing Instructions.

The case for high-powered RIBs and well trained crew…

Whilst the Extreme Racing series was entertaining the crowds at this years’ Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the supertanker hit a yacht which was then dismasted as its spinnaker sail was snagged by the ship’s anchor.

The Marine Knutsen supertanker was being guided by a pilot boat into Southampton docks and was making its presence known by repeatedly sounding its horn. By one yacht didn’t seem to give itself enough time to clear the massive boat and was hit before having its mast and rigging ripped off when one of its sail got caught in the supertankers anchor.

The yacht was quickly attended by several vessels offering assistance. The crew were swiftly rescued with one member taken to hospital but later released.

The incident was captured by

Summer Sprint Series 2011

Over the three evenings of 26th to 28th July the club held a Mini Series to coincide with youth week to give mums, dads, coaches and anyone else who wanted to, a chance to do some sailing. Two classes were run for Novices and General Handicap. The three days produced six races allowing two discards and a variety of wind conditions ranging from a good blow and many capsizes on Tuesday to drifting conditions late on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the Novice class there were five entries and they all enjoyed some competitive racing. The six races produced four different winners with Lorna Watson in a Laser Radial, Glen Halstead and  Renny Thomson, both in Lasers, all winning once but the class went to Duncan Gillanders with three wins and a third in a Pico. This was an excellent performance as these were Duncan’s first races. Second place went to Kirsty and Kevin Ross in a Feva, showing the value of consistency as they finished 2nd in all the races they took part in.
The handicap class produced a total of 17 entrants with three different winners. Despite the Race Officers best efforts to de-rail RS200 dominance the class was won by Ronnie and Tor Millar in an RS200 with three wins, second was Ian Bailey, rolling back the years by competing in a Laser, and third were Gavin and Finley Mackinnon in their RS200. There were also good showings from Alistair Higgins in his Topper who finished 6th but more importantly beat his mum, and from John Saddler in his Europe who finished 4th.
Thanks to all who took part, the OOD and his assistant and especially to all the rescue crews who, as always, made the event possible.