Lady drivers

posted 23 Jul 2017, 14:37 by John Ferguson

Congratulations to Gill and Leonie on being first to achieve the level 2 powerboat certificate since Perth Sailing Club became a training centre. Pictured here with their instructor Rick.

Fun fun fun

posted 23 Jul 2017, 14:17 by John Ferguson

The commodore's fun race was postponed on Saturday due to bad weather but with improving conditions on Sunday allowed it to go ahead. Seven boats struggled at first as the wind was misbehaving big time, but as the second round started, conditions stabilised and less reversing took place, except at the end of each round which was part of the sailing instruction. 

Who do we see about family membership?

posted 13 Jul 2017, 16:58 by John Ferguson

Unexpected visitors during Thursday's sailing

River traffic

posted 25 Jun 2017, 15:37 by John Ferguson

Plenty of activity on the river today with trip boats, jet skis, RIBs and a few of our own dinghies brave enough to take to the water in pretty windy conditions. With wind against tide, we also had waves large enough to come over the foredeck at times.

Newburgh Cup Race

posted 18 Jun 2017, 15:52 by John Ferguson

Our annual Newburgh race took place on Sunday morning and with a good westerly breeze, it took the first boat about an hour and a quarter to complete the seven and a half miles to the finish off Newburgh SC. Eight boats set off from Lairwell, some a little late, but a good start is not always an advantage in these long races. The bend at Sleepless Inch is often a tricky spot where the leaders can get it badly wrong allowing someone to get through. It was John Ferguson who escaped first and was never caught but in the latter part of the course, Hunter Williamson closed the gap right up and when the handicap was applied, took the trophy.
A brief pit stop at NSC to take on some refreshment and it was off again with eight boats heading off into the ebbing tide to head for home. There was plenty wind so six boats sailed all the way back to Perth SC while the safety boats assisted the others. There will be some tired sailors tonight I suspect.
The Newburgh Race is our longest and most prestigious regular competition and has been sailed almost every year since 1958

Breezy night on the Tay

posted 15 Jun 2017, 17:15 by John Ferguson

With a good breeze on Thursday, a longer and slightly challenging zig zag course was set on the river with three of the seven boats falling over at some point. They must have enjoyed it as they declined the offer of something simpler for the second race in favour of another bit of gybing practice. 

Open Fun Day at the Willowgate Activity Centre on the 25th of June

posted 14 Jun 2017, 12:17 by Perth Sailing Club   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 12:18 ]

RA Training Course

posted 10 Jun 2017, 01:49 by Perth Sailing Club   [ updated 10 Jun 2017, 01:52 ]


Over a period of nine days in a variety of sailing conditions, eight candidates took to the water for the RYA Training Courses held annually at Perth Sailing Club. None of the trainees had had any previous sailing experience and they were put through their paces by the Clubs Sailing Instructors, Bill Inches, Euan MacDonald, Andrew Porteous, John Ferguson, Senior Instructor Bob Watson, with Club Principal Rick Raeburn overseeing the course. The course was an excellent opportunity for the Club to try out their two new RS Quest Sailing Dinghies that the club had recently purchased from funding obtained from the Awards For All Lottery National Lottery. The RS Quest is a British built design launched in 2015 specifically designed for use by Sea Scouts and Sailing Clubs.

A series of short lectures were given by the Instructors prior to each session but the bulk of the learning was given out on the water. Conditions were challenging at times with candidates sailing in winds gusting to force 5 on one occasion. Capsize training was conducted in the swimming pool at Crieff Leisure Centre and the club gives thanks to the staff there for allowing this important part of the training syllabus to be carried out. However two keen trainees could not wait for this element of the course and experienced the delights of the Tay fairly early in the course.

Safety boat duties were carried out by Eric Taylor, Peter Bevan, Audrey Robertson, Chris Watson, Sandy Rodger, and Neil Hughes with assistance of other club members and also Cadet Fraser MacDonald who is volunteering towards his Silver Duke of Edinburgh award and also practising for his Powerboat Level 2 certificate. The course culminated in an award ceremony on Sunday the 4th followed by a fantastic BBQ organised by Eric Taylor with assistance from members and donations from the trainees. The club wishes to thank all involved in making the course a great success and we look forward to our new members practising their skills over the remainder of the sailing season.

RYA Level 2 Award :  Marcilina Hamilton, Rebecca Oddy , Munro Gauld, Frank Lynch, Alastair Johnson,  Christopher Moore.

RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 Award: Molly Gauld, Joe Gauld

Just deserts, and a few burgers too

posted 4 Jun 2017, 15:43 by John Ferguson

Our 2017 level 1/2 course wound up on Sunday with all students passing their assessment and staying dry despite quite tricky conditions. All seemed to enjoy the experience and sounded keen to keep sailing. Sailing matters done, we all helped demolish the barbecue fare to celebrate a successful outcome which took till well after five.
We would like to thank all the instructors, safety crews, galley slaves and anyone else who helped encourage, rig, launch, recover and generally make it all run as smoothly as possible.

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