Annandale Sailing Club’s annual Open Day A Huge Success

More than 100 visitors enjoyed sailing and paddleboarding on a sunny June day on Lochmaben’s Castle Loch.

Annandale Sailing Club’s annual Open Day on June 3 saw club members offer rides around the loch in sailing boats and the chance to try paddleboarding.

Visitors of all ages, including a large group of Ukranian guests, also toured the recently extended club house and the boat park, found out more about opportunities to learn to sail and membership of the club, and enjoyed drinks and home baking.

Annandale Sailing Club Commodore Stephen Thomas Bate thanked all club volunteers who gave up their time to welcome visitors and make the day a great success.


One of Annandale Sailing Club’s founder members, Bruce Beveridge, made a surprise visit to the Club on Sunday during a regatta named in his honour.

L to R: Joyce and Bruce Beveridge, Alasdair Cook and Stephen Thomas Bate.

The annual Beveridge Jug Regatta sees ASC sailors race to win a silver claret jug donated by Bruce on the occasion of the Club’s 50th anniversary in 2006.

He and his wife Joyce, and grandson Oliver, travelled from the Edinburgh area to watch the racing on a sunny afternoon with light breezes.

The event was won by Guy Wheeler and Elaine Ross in their Graduate dinghy.

Bruce, 90, was welcomed by Commodore Stephen Thomas Bate and club members including the most senior Honorary member Alasdair Cook.

Living in the area at the time, Bruce led a small group of people interested in sailing in the formation of Annandale Yacht Club in 1956. They initially shared an old curling bothy on the site of the current club, which they later bought and extended before a purpose-built clubhouse was constructed in 1970.

Sailing was initially in wooden GP14s but as membership grew, different dinghy classes were introduced, rescue craft changed from rowing boats to power boats and the club began running RYA accredited training courses.

Find out more about Annandale Sailing Club at www.annandalesailingclub.myclubhouse.co.uk




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