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.

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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 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.

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/

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:

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