Clyde Marine Challenge 2019

Skipper Phil Twigg sailing his yacht Almost Free 2

The Club once again celebrated success in this year’s Clyde Marine Challenge which took place from 20-22 September sailing from Largs to Tarbert and back via the Kyles of Bute. Eight yachts participated including two from Rothesay Rotary Club. ‘Parallel Motion’ was skippered by Rotarian Alan Marshal with Douglas Graham and guests Grant Anderson and Martin Keating as crew. ‘Almost Free 2’ was skippered by Rotarian Phill Twig with Ralph Anderson, Ronnie Falconer and guest Willie Hendry as crew.

This year the weather was unusually fine and bright with light winds on the sail to Tarbert which provided opportunities to photograph seals, dolphins and seabirds and even a Minke whale! The sail back from Tarbert through the Kyles was much more challenging against a stiff easterly wind - a real test of sailing skills!

The event raised over £4000 for two charities WaterAid and Spinal Research. The two Rotary yachts raised over half of this! Ronnie Falconer who organises the event each year commented “This is a great achievement and many thanks to all who supported us with such generous donations to these two charities. Since the event started in 2007 we have raised over £60,000, a magnificent sum. The idea for the event was originally conceived with my work colleague Roy Hepburn who sadly succumbed to cancer before the first Clyde Marine Challenge could be held. The main prize, the Roy Hepburn Rose Bowl, is awarded in his memory. I am pleased that the Rose Bowl was won by ‘Midnight Mirage’ with a crew who came all the way from London to participate and sail the beautiful Firth of Clyde.”

Pictured are Alan Marshal together with Douglas Graham receiving the Cumbraes Cup from President Georgeann Martin as the winning boat for the two days sailing from Largs to Tarbert and Tarbert to Port Bannatyne. Also pictured is Phill Twigg with crew members Ralph Anderson(right) and Ronnie Falconer(left) who were runners up for the Treasure Hunt and Quiz.