David Davies: Chairman.

NEWSLETTER 6

There is a lot to cover in this Newsletter but firstly before I get into the detail, the most important part of the SWSA are the members. We are a not for profit organisation but we do have running costs. I am sure many of you will have received the reminder to re-join the SWSA but if you haven’t – here’s another one! Please go to our website press the “Join Us” or use the links direct to Entry Central in the footer of the newsletter.

We are planning the SWSA AGM and an Open Day towards the end of March and will provide all the details on the website. Please make the effort to attend the AGM as we can only operate successfully with the support of our members.

THE STRANRAER WATER SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND STRANRAER ROTARY ST. AYLES SKIFF PROJECT

If you are interested in getting on the water in a St. Ayles Skiff please register your interest. You can do this by using the link below or going to the “NEWS” section of our website – please let your friends and family know:

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It won’t be long now! Raymond and the team of volunteers have something in the boat house that now looks like a boat. It has been fantastic to see it gradually come together. I have seen many volunteers and committee members working away making the hull over the frame, the oars and the rudder. Please feel free to come down to the boat house and help out. Usually the team are building on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s, but this can vary, we really would be very happy if all you want to do is look inside. We now have Regatta dates set for 2018 – 18th and 19th August 2018. We will need a significant group of volunteers to help run this event and get experience for running the worlds in 2019. The dates for the Skiffieworlds2019 are also set – 7th July 2019. We are expecting 70 clubs and over 1,000 competitors so there is a lot to do.

Hopefully you will have seen us in the news in the last few months. The Scottish Government had a motion backing our success in being awarded the Skiffieworlds2019. We have some printed features both recent and one still to come and we were on Border TV news last week on ITV.

LOCH RYAN SAILING CLUB

Last year the sailing club had many successes with members attending RYA powerboat courses, sailing courses for 19 locals plus 2 new training boats. This was subsidised by a grant from Lottery through RYA Scotland. The sailing club members have some difficult decisions to make regarding the club location as the cost of liabilities from using the Wig Bay slip have become prohibitive. SWSA are working with the club and the council to see if we can assist in keeping the club going and providing wider opportunities for local people who want to sail on our beautiful Loch.

KITE SURFING, KAYAK AND PADDLE BOARD

The Kite surfers had a fantastic year last year. They had various informal get-togethers with some large groups of like-minded Kite Surfers and they’ll be doing it again during 2018. Depending on the wind they can be found on one of several beaches around the Rhines of Galloway.

The Kayak group is going to start meeting again in the spring. If you want to come and join Colin and the group, please e-mail Colin direct. Colin is also looking for other keen kayakers who could lead or teach groups.

You will still see Garry on his Paddle Board early in the morning on the Loch. Garry can help you find the right equipment if required. If you want to join any of these groups with Jack, Colin or Garry please contact them using the details from the relevant section of our website.

SWSA WEBSITE

With the award of the Skiffieworlds2019 we have updated the website and will be working hard to keep it up to date for news and reports of events through the year.