More Unidentified Trailers

We have now moved onto smaller trailers and put them in a clear space to aid identification:

As before some are in very poor condition but others would be serviceable with some work

If you can help identify please Contact Shore Sec

We have started labelling those identified in previous posts so thanks for that and keep the info coming in.

The full gallery can be found here




More Unidentified Trailers

The trailer park is looking much less like a dump:

Trailer park 5th Aug 14

Thanks to those who helped identify a couple of last weeks unknown trailers.

Here are three more:

We think this one is in use but would like to be sure of the owner:

Keelboat trailer 9 5th Aug 14
Keelboat trailer 9 5th Aug 14

This one looks abandoned but still rolls :

Keelboat trailer 8 5th Aug 14
Keelboat trailer 8 5th Aug 14

This one is in a poor state:

Trailer 10 5th Aug 14
Trailer 10 5th Aug 14

If you can help identify please Contact Shore Sec

The full gallery can be found here

The following are total wrecks and are awaiting the chop and the scrappy:

Trailer 7 found 5th Aug 14 Trailer 6 found 5th Aug 14 Trailer 5 found 5th Aug 14

Scottish Topper Traveller Circuit

Every sailing season the International Topper Class Association (ITCA) and the Scottish Topper Class Association (STCA) organise a series of races around the country. The Scottish events are called the Topper Traveller Series (TT).

This year we are also running the first Scottish Youth Sailing Series (SYS) at the same time which will be for Lasers, Oppies, 420’s, 29er’s and Toppers.

At all events Optimists and Lasers race in their own class start. So if you have an Oppie and a topper or laser sailor in the family they can all attend!

The travellers are great fun giving you the chance to sail at different clubs around the country. It is often possible to camp at the clubs and everyone is very welcoming and friendly. The clubs run kitchens too providing breakfast rolls and usually an evening meal and Social evening 🙂 !

At each event the will be a main fleet racing for the more experienced sailors. This fleet is normally between 20 – 30 boats. There is also a development fleet which sails a simple triangular course close to shore. This is for those who are racing for the first time on the circuit. The scores for each event and fleet are added together to give an overall prize for the series.

Each event costs £20-25 to enter. For that the children get 2 days of racing with full safety cover. You are free to chill out while you watch the racing and it has been known to have a glass of wine or two.

You do not have to do all the events and you can dip in and out as you please. There are also discards for the series and many folk don’t manage to do every event.

The Brown Cup in June is another great event held at Loch Earn Sailing Club- again not too far. The first two days are training – and the Monday –yes a day off School to go sailing!- is a schools race. For those going for the full weekend it is a great experience camping at Loch Earn for the weekend.

As much as the kids get out of the sailing, they will also enjoy and remember the weekends camping, meeting other young sailors and having a ball.

If you require any further info regarding Toppers & the Events please contact Graham Dingley at

You do need to join ITCA, this is an easy process (use the link above – ‘memberships’) it costs £33 for the first sailor and £11 for additional sailors. For larger events you will need a unique number called your Championship Number which you put on the bottom of your sail. This you get by applying to ITCA and as long as you renew your membership each year, this number stays with you.

Continue reading Scottish Topper Traveller Circuit

Tuesday Training Sailors… call to the May Regatta

Our Club Regatta is now just two weeks away. This looks like being a super event with something for everyone, be they advanced dinghy sailors, beginners or social members. I would like to arrange things so that everyone who is doing Tuesday nights has the opportunity to participate afloat in some way. This could be helming in either the main fleet or novice races, crewing, or helping on the rescue boats. I have set up a “Teamer” invite for the event. Please accept it if you know that you or your child will be available for the Sat & Sun, & wishes to participate using a club boat, or helping out with rescue. We’ll then start working out who can sail what & with whom!
Parents (even non members can be signed in) are very welcome to come & be spectators while the racing is on. The Barbecue & Ceilidh band for the Saturday Night is just £10 per adult, £5 per child (included if your child has entered the regatta). It’s got to be the best deal in town & we hope to see you there!
More info on the website here:-
Along with the main material for the day here (also accessible off the home page) –

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club Radium Statement to Members – 26th April 2012

Dear Member

Further to the recent correspondences to yourselves its worthwhile that I make you aware of a number of issues that face the club in the forthcoming season. As I previously reported the Management Committee Senior members met on Monday 23rdApril to discuss a number of issues that had arisen recently. These were as follows

  • The club insurance policy was renewed and it was thought prudent to confirm the extent of cover regards the contamination. The insurance agent and underwriter have now replied and the club is not covered against any third party claims nor for any pollution emanating from the contamination within the clubs grounds.  I have replied to the insurer and asked for absolute confirmation of this as well as whether another company may underwrite the shortcoming in the cover and this action is outstanding.
  • The club has insurance to protect its Senior and Flag officers (past present and future) against claims from outside parties . The insurance agent and underwriter have confirmed that this cover also excludes any claims based around the radium contamination however I have written back to them to confirm the exact extent of cover. Again I have asked for absolute confirmation of this as well as whether another company may underwrite the shortcoming in the cover and this action too is outstanding.
  • The MOD have asked the club for approval to place a second container within the grounds of the club. Having checked with regard to the position of club liability with respect to thecontainers, it became apparent that the club is not covered for anyone either entering the containers, falling from them or any action or injury associated with them.  During correspondence with the MOD we learned that the current container is being used for the storage of low level radioactive material retrieved from the club site with which a number of Senior Committee officers and Flag Officers were uncomfortable.
  • The Committee members present then learned from SEPA, in advance of publication, that a new piece of radioactive material was removed from the headland, found at a depth of 35 cm, from the foreshore directly in front of the club during last weekend.  This was of significant energy and rated approximately as the third most active particle found within the club grounds.

With SEPA in attendance at the meeting the committee asked SEPA for, and have now today received, a statement to allow club members to assess from themselves the risks associated with the containers. Dr Paul Dale kindly sent us the following official SEPA statement;

“SEPA has given the MoD (DIO) permission to accumulate radioactive waste in a container at Dalgety Bay only in order that it may be disposed of in accordance with the conditions and limitations set by SEPA.  The radioactive waste within the store is radium and has arisen from monitoring and recovery operations at Dalgety Bay.  The external hazard posed by the radioactive waste currently in the container is low and does not warrant any special precautions to be taken for members of the public or club going about their daily business.”

During the meeting a number of decision were taken with the following actions were agreed by the committee –

  • MOD/DIO would be asked to remove the container from the club grounds within seven days to reduce the risk associated to the club and officers with the lack of insurance. This has now been issued to the MOD and the removal is awaited. Should this not occur then the club will contact SEPA and ask them to remove it on the clubs behalf.
  • A number of committee members were concerned about the container remaining on site and the committee knowingly allowing club activities to continue, with club members being unaware of the situation regarding it and the new radioactive material find. A vote was taken as to whether to postpone all sailing activities until members could be fully informed of the situation and thus able to make their own assessment of the situation. This vote was carried hence the note to members postponing the training and sailing planned.
  • The committee discussed the liability associated with the insurance issues, as forced by the contamination issue, and have agreed to consult a solicitor, at cost, to confirm how the club may best move forward safely and properly. This is currently in progress and two solicitors have been contacted. The terms of reference are being prepared as a brief for the chosen solicitor. The  solicitor chosen will be fully familiar and experienced with the issues surrounding the designation of contaminated land and will be employed to assist the club and committee in deciding the best way forward and how the club may best position itself for future sailing activity.

I do hope this clarifies the current position of the club and committee and goes some way to explaining why we had to make a quick judgement call to fully inform all members intending to participate in scheduled training and sailing events this week, of these lastest developments.  If you have any other questions contact me via e mail on


Donald Adrain, Commodore

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club Radium Statement to Members – 24th April 2012

Dear Member

The sailing club management Committee met on the 24th April, 2012, with SEPA representatives in attendance, to discuss a number of forthcoming issues the club may face with regard to the well known Radium contamination.

While the situation has not changed since my last update, and the risks and necessary precautions remain the same and should continue to be observed, an issue surrounding the MOD/AMEC container placed in the club grounds was discussed.

This container is used to store low level activity material retrieved by MOD/DIO contractors from the site. Having discussed this at length, and considered the clubs position and liability, the committee decided the safest option for the club and members was to ask the MOD/DIO to remove this container  within seven days and in the meantime suspend sailing activities until this action was completed to minimise any risk to the club and its members.

SEPA have monitored the area surrounding the container and have categorically stated that the levels of radioactivity coming from the locked steel container are well within safe and acceptable levels .They have deemed it a low risk to passing and adjacent persons however the committee agreed that in the best interests of the club it should still be removed off site within the period given.

The Management committee continues to be an active participant in the discussions surrounding the contamination and will continue to update all members as and when progress in made by Sepa/MOD/DIO and any other agencies.

We would again draw your attention to the information contained under the Regulations and Safety tab on the website.


Donald Adrain Commodore (Commodore)

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club – Prize giving for 2011 season

DBSC held its annual prize giving on Saturday 25 February.

After an initial drink and some canapés to match, the event got underway with a speech by vice-commodore John Sim.  John summarised the events of 2011, which included the successful launch of a Novice series, and of two races in the Wednesday summer series.

Looking forward to the 2012 season John mentioned the new Jubilee Series – an open event with two races a night from 6 to 8 June.

Ronnie Millar (Rear Commodore Sailing) announced the dinghy winners. Ian Renilson led the way in terms of prizes in the asymmetric class, with 4 trophy wins and two second places. Stewart Moss picked up 3 trophies in the handicap class.

In the keel boat section David Williams in Brief Encounter dominated picking up 7 of the 11 trophies available – a larger bookshelf will be required in their house.

The prize for best junior went to Jamie LeGood, and that for most races sailed (the famous Dalgety Bay paddle) went to John Hilton.

The annual Ocean Youth Trust prize for the junior member who has shown outstanding commitment in racing, training and off water activities – went to Emily McCready.

The final prize of the night was for David Williams…but this time for the infamous Bent Propellor Award (awarded for best disaster) due to some excessive mooring dragging in the early season gales.

The evening finished with music, dancing and the odd celebration or two from the many winners at the event.

Prize Winners:

Photos on our  Page at DBSC Prize Giving 25/02/2012

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club Radium Statement to Members – 19th February 2012

Dear Member

I felt the time right to update you on a number of key issues that surround the club and let you now where the club is presently and where we see ourselves going over the forthcoming year.

As you will be well aware from the media, and from recent club correspondence, the club is involved in issues with regard to Radium contamination of the foreshore surrounding the clubs grounds as well as within the confines of the clubs grounds itself.

The good news is that having taken advice from SEPA they have stated that it is safe to keep sailing and using the club grounds with the understanding that we follow the simple advice given that we do not remove any material from the foreshore, we wash our hands when we leave the foreshore and we observe good hygiene practices to minimise the risk of contamination from the foreshore.

In addition we have prepared a club based risk assessment to cover the launch and recovery of dinghies from the clubs slipways and this has been placed on our website, on a page dedicated entirely to safety.

We have submitted this risk assessment to SEPA for approval and they have deemed it appropriate and sufficient to allow us to access the water from the clubs three slipways and as such if we observe this methodology, and make sure our children are kept from the foreshore, then the risks of contamination are reduced to an acceptable level.

To this end we are happy to continue with club “business as usual” but observing the good practice as detailed on the signs surrounding the club and observing the clubs risk assessment for using the slipway to launch dinghies.

You will notice in the club calendar, placed on the website, that we are running two regattas this year however our first regatta shall be a members regatta to ensure that young children, unfamiliar with the need to observe the necessary hygiene practices, are not exposed to any possible risks.

We shall also be running the Tuesday training and it is scheduled that the Wednesday racing will take place as previous years and I do hope that members will support this in ensuring this is well attended . Should you wish to get involved please do contact us and we will do our best to make sure its an easy path to getting your feet wet.

Finally I am delighted to say that we shall be running our annual “Youth Week” where the younger members shall be training and honing their sailing skills during the summer holiday and I am sure you will all agree that this is one of the key areas of our club…encouraging new members to start sailing and ensuring that we have a good foundation in place to keep the club going from strength to strength in the forthcoming years.

To update you on where the club stands with regards to the Radium contamination you will be aware that high activity sources were found buried in the foreshore, adjacent to the East boundary between the club grounds and Fife council property .

It is now apparent that there are a number of further sources of Radium; one being under the headland , where the estuary is eroding the shoreline to the front of the clubhouse ,and another being the eroding edge located opposite the keel boat trailer park, adjacent to the pathway leading to the Ross plantation.

To give you a little more detail SEPA, who are responsible for the monitoring of the contamination as well as administering Government legislation, have carried out extremely thorough and detailed surveys of the majority of the clubs grounds and within the last year have further surveyed the foreshore, in great detail, as well as the headland to the front of the clubhouse, in an attempt to better understand the source and extent of the Radium and the manner in which it is being distributed along the foreshore. Additional monitoring has  been undertaken by the MoD contractor and this is to assist them in understanding the problem and coming up with a solution to the satisfaction of SEPA.

We have been in close contact with SEPA, MoD  and were recently visited by Gordon Brown MP and the Minister for Defence, Andrew Robothan. Having hosted a number of meeting between these parties, and also individually ,we are trying to lobby to have the situation addressed and the polluter clean u and make good the contamination.

Being part of the Dalgety Bay Forum group we also meet regularly with affected parties to make sure we are all aware of the latest issues and this will continue until a resolution is achieved

SEPA have declared that they deem the MOD as a “suitable person” effectively naming them as the main suspect in contaminating the area and are currently working with them to come up with a solution to address the issue and produce a plan to administer the solution to the satisfaction of SEPA and the club, as landowner. A draft plan has been submitted by MOD but was deemed as insufficient in detail by SEPA who are now working closely with MOD to assist them in achieving what SEPA see as a suitable proposal for remediation but it is however becoming apparent that the resolution will not be reached quickly and that the issue will affect our club for the forthcoming season and potentially longer.

I would hope that with club and political lobbying, continued pressure and co-operation with SEPA, that we can arrive at a solution which both reduces the issue of long term contamination and re-contamination to an acceptable level and allows the club to continue to flourish and provide excellent sailing facilities for all its members

Donald Adrain


February 2012

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club May Regatta 2012

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club has decided to run its regatta on May 26 and 27 as a members only regatta. This regatta would typically attract a large number of young children to the club who would be unfamiliar with the additional tasks needed to enter the water. Since these tasks are essential to ensure safe sailing the club believe that it is in the interests of all sailors that the regatta be a members only regatta.

Dalgety Bay Sailing Club has a full programme for members and visitors throughout 2012, which includes our youth training programme and Youth Week, which we expect to be oversubscribed as usual.

In addition we will be holding an open Jubilee Sprint Series on June 6,7 and 8, and an open regatta on September 8 and 9. (These events will not have separate youth classes).

We are looking forward to a busy programme in 2012, which is available on the club’s website, and hope to see as many visitors as normal to our open events.

Supernova 537 PY1065 For Sale

2 owners from new. Average condition, but rarely capsized by current owner for last 7 years. Bow retro strengthened by Mark Giles. Retro fit of Mast Rake system. Banks ordinary and small [latter hardly used]sails.  Road trailer and Trolley. Cover. £1600—[Currently on the class website 534 and 516 are for sale at £1995 so the price is a steal for a new challenge! There is a lot of racing in England, but the nearest Traveller is in Bolton


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OPEN AGENDA MEETING, Wednesday 26th October 2011, at 7:30pm

You are cordially invited to an Open Agenda meeting to discuss matters relating to Club activities in general. The Management Committee requires feedback from you, the members, so that it may formulate policies to meet your future requirements. This is your meeting and your chance to voice your criticisms and aspirations. Please make that extra effort to attend. A representative of SEPA will be in attendance.

Please note that the meeting will start promptly at 7:30pm and is for Club Members only

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/