Weather Forecasting

Bob Johnston will give a talk on “Basic Weather Forecasting” in the clubhouse on Wednesday 11th April.

Arrive at 7 for a 7:30 prompt start. Burgers for sale afterwards.

More details to follow in the newsletter, you can put the date in your diary for now.

Carolyn Voisey – Social Convenor

Racing Report for 2017

Racing Convenor Report TCC AGM 30.1.2018

I regret that the 2017 club racing season was probably the worst on record. All of the planned events from the Wednesday Wackies to the offshore series by way of the muster passage races were adversely affected by bad and sometimes foul weather.

Wacky Races

Only 10 Wacky Races were run with a total of 11 club boats participating. I have devised a league table to take account of these unusual circumstances with a view to declaring an overall season winner rather than make an award on a monthly basis. I would like to discuss my planned format with the members interested in racing before announcing the winner and don’t propose to do that tonight.

Thistle Trophy

The Thistle trophy was sailed with only 2 finishers. Argento was first and Storm second.

Tarbert Trophy

The Tarbert Trophy was no more successful. Again only 2 finished with Argento in first place and Petra in second.

The other muster related races were not raced because of adverse weather conditions.

Racing Programme for 2018

I have rather reluctantly agreed to continue as racing convenor for next year and hope to be assisted by an off committee racing sub-committee comprising Ken Andrew, Stuart Powrie, Ian Douglas, Jim Short, David Lacey, Charlie Shaw, Jonathan Dickie and Andy McRoberts.  Kyle rounded up these members who are interested in racing and if you are missing from this list and would like to participate please let me know. The idea is that I will continue on committee to be the liaison with the racers who will meet up from time to time to plan events and to discuss how we can make the racing more accessible and fun. We will have a preliminary meeting at a time to suit most to sort out last year’s results and to plan next year. The programme will be in the members’ booklet as usual.

I’m a recent convert to racing and was previously put off believing my boat to be hopelessly uncompetitive. I don’t jockey for position and if it is busy rounding a mark I stand off in a gentlemanly and un-racery way. Even so we’ve been regularly placed and have always enjoyed it. You don’t need to risk life limb, boat or insurance policy to take part and I would encourage all members to give it a try and to join in the fun.

David Hutton
Racing Convenor

Newsletter February 2018



Dear Members

With the AGM behind us now, it is time to call for the subscriptions which were increased by a majority vote at the AGM. These are as follows and members are reminded that with the new regime, there will be no leeway if they are not paid in the required time – i.e. by 20 February 2018, unless extenuating circumstances exist, which must be advised as soon as possible, a late payment fee of £5 will be imposed.

Thank you to those who have already paid.

  • Full Member subscription £75
  • Berthing Rights Fee £80
    (payable by every berth holder annually)
  • Associate Member subscription £30

These can be paid directly into the club’s bank account details as follows:

  • Sort Code 82 68 21
  • Account No 30531227

Please ensure you indicate a name when paying through the Bank.

Otherwise these should be mailed to Troon Cruising Club, 47 Harbour Road, Troon KA10 6DH, or if you are in the clubhouse, popped through the letterbox on the committee room door.

If you do not contribute directly to the RNLI you might consider adding even £1 to your payment which will be forwarded in bulk to the Troon Branch in due course. Thank you.

The new Council for 2018 was elected at the AGM and is as follows:

  • Commodore – John Woods
  • Vice Commodore – Carolyn Voisey
  • Rear Commodore – Andy McRoberts
  • Hon. Racing Secretary – David Hutton
  • Immediate Past Commodore – Bill Stewart
  • Honorary Secretary/Treasurer (meantime) Babs Henderson

Council – all to retire 2021 (or if/until they choose to retire earlier)

  • Ewan Black
  • George Whiteside
  • Kyle Stewart
  • John Haston
  • Jamie Allen
  • Jim Palmer
  • John McLatchie
  • Peter Barker

Peter was an Auditor for the 2017 accounts, together with Oswald McClure, but as Peter is now on the Council, we were delighted to accept Henk Pellenkoft’s offer to take his place for 2018. Oswald agreed to continue.

Thanks too, to Val Hughes who has been taken on as Minute Taker, and also Jacqui Cunningham (Babs’ daughter) who has been easing the load for Babs in the accounting side of things.

The Mooring Rate for 2018 (wall/trot moorings only) is £647 – an increase of 2% and it is again reiterated that this figure is determined by the Marina, not the club, and all the funds when collected are sent directly to the company. This fee is not due until 31 March so put the date in your diary so that you’re not late for the payment. Island Pontoon berth holders will be notified in due course of their individual rates once the moorings committee know exactly who is continuing to take up berths, or new boats coming on, as these rates are calculated on size of boat.

It is with pleasure we would advise you that the winner of the John McFarlane Trophy this year is Carolyn Voisey, who everyone will agree is putting her heart and soul into any task she is given in the club, and a willing helper to everyone at all times. Congratulations Carolyn!

Furthermore, proposals by John Woods (seconded by Kyle Stewart) and Babs Henderson (seconded by Bill Stewart) that Honorary Memberships be conferred on George Hunter and John Hall were agreed. Both worthy recipients, having worked hard and long for the club over many years. Your dedication is very much appreciated.

A last note meantime, keys for the new adapted locks around the club (all of them) are now available for purchase at £2. Members will be notified when these are operational, but meantime if you do not have a new key, please contact either Kyle (07747895757) or Babs (07828586384)

For the Council for 2018
Babs Henderson

Burns Supper and update re cruising holiday in October


Now that Christmas and New Year are behind us, can we invite you to join us at the Burns Supper to be held on Friday 9 February in Dundonald Bowling Club. 

We have a great programme lined up, and with the help of George Hunter we will have the pleasure of being entertained by Willie Gibson, an international Burns speaker, together with Jim Gibson (no relation) who is also a well known Burnsonian. 
Willie has one or two different ideas to make it a fun night as well as a memorable tribute to our Bard.   A  young lady by the name of Demi Chisholm will be singing for  you, accompanied by Mariea Black.  Phil Beard’s son, Tom will also entertain us with a violin medley which we have also enjoyed in the past.  A member of Troon Boys Brigade will do the honours by piping in the haggis, always a treat.  Other entertainers will be Jacqui Bond and Fiona Douglas.  As always the ladies of the Dundonald Bowling Club will indulge you with a Burns feast to set you up for the night.

The price of the tickets will be £22.50 and we would like to get underway a little earlier this year, at 7 pm.  As usual we will be running a raffle and aside from the generous donations from various local companies, any donations would be gratefully received.

As this will be my last event as Social Convenor, and the only remaining major event in the Club’s calendar, I would appeal to you to support me as you have done over the past three years, and hopefully will do for my successor, Carolyn Voisey in everything she organises.

Please contact me or Babs by phone (07955853558 or 01292 311908) or let us know by email how many tickets you would like.

John Woods
Social Convenor


Consider coming with us to Athens in October (20 to 27) for a week’s cruising among the beautiful islands of the Aegean.  We have seven members and non members who have already signed up, and as we are going to the London Boat Show next weekend, would like to ascertain numbers, as we may need to charter two boats rather than one and need to discuss this with contacts at the Boat Show.  So if you can get back to me as soon as possible it would be appreciated. 

The flights are currently £125 return from Edinburgh to Athens and return.  Cost of a place on the yacht will probably be in the region of £200/£250.

Several members of the club have accompanied us in the past and will testify to the enjoyment of the whole experience.

Look forward to hearing from you!