Autumn 2009


Commodore's Report

AGM, prize giving. Party

Annual Dinner

Aquarius at Bewl Water

Bosun Open Regatta

Casino Royale

Christmas greetings

HMS Bristol

Kempton Fireworks    

Lasers named


My First Stories

 Before You Can Finish

  Birth Of A Signet

  Sailing In SunseT

Newsletter printing

Our First Youth Input

  Sailing Course Review

  Sailing At Loch Insh

Pat on the back

Sailing beyond end

Security at Aquarius SC  

Skittles Evening

Social Calendar  

Trouble with Over Easy

Use of Club Dinghies

Website 10 anniversary


Work Party


Sailing At Loch Insh, Kincraig, Nr. Aviemore,

Highlands Of Scotland

During the summer holidays our whole family went to visit our grandparents in the Highlands of Scotland. They live within walking distance of a small Loch with its own water sports centre.

One morning we decided to spend a day sailing there. Unfortunately the wind was too light for a good sail in the morning. So it was decided that the adults would take out Canadian canoes and Imogen and I would take out kayaks. Loch Insh is actually part of a river. When it is not too overgrown you can canoe or kayak up the creek leading into the river. Our Gran says that it is something out of Swallows and Amazons. There is an island when the water is high, which you can kayak or canoe around.

In the afternoon the wind picked up. We took two Picos out which were beached near the water sports centre with their dagger boards and rudders up. We paddled out from the shallow waters.

There was hardly any traffic on the water, apart from wind-surfers. On the water we could continue for a good length of time in almost any direction. I sailed with (and ahead of because I was so much faster) my Aunty Carol - who was in a kayak.

Sailing with the quiet ripples and the gently swaying trees was very different from the hustle and bustle of the Thames, though less challenging.

If you ever get a chance to visit, Loch Insh Water-sports Centre has accommodation, a nice cafe and a good shop selling sailing equipment and gifts. There are also buoyancy aids and everything you need for hire. My mother recommends the Canadian canoes to anyone who doesn't like to get wet. Don't forget to visit the Highland Wildlife Park with its wolves and bears or the Strathspey Steam railway - because our granddad is a train guard on it.

Edmund Morris