Club History The Early Years
The Early Years
1989 – 1999
IN THE BEGINNING
In the summer of 1988, Ed Perry bought a Drascombe Longline. George Hendry had a Heron dinghy. They regretted that there was no organised sailing in Lochcarron. By the end of the season other like-minded folk had been approached. A meeting was held in the Rock Villa Hotel on Saturday 29th October. Those present included Rob Teago, Ed Perry, George Hendry, David Murray and two or three others.
As a result, on 16th December 1988, a meeting was held in the Rock Villa Hotel, at which a formal motion was passed, founding the Lochcarron Sailing Club.
We have not been able to find a copy of any minutes of the meeting.
The minutes of a meeting held on 12th April 1989 reported that the provisional committee, appointed on 16th December 1988, was confirmed in post – the only written confirmation we have of the decisions taken on that inaugural meeting.
Stan Forrester reports that his first subscription of £10 was paid on 22nd February 1989.
Although no record of that first meeting has been found, early membership records have survived, and a list of ‘founder members’ has been compiled. All those listed are recorded as joining in 1989.
1988. December 16th. The inaugural meeting.
1990. February. The Club receives the first Mirror dinghy
as a gift from Mrs R L Wright.
1991. April. Rescue boat purchased.
1991. July. Membership tops the hundred.
1993. July. First RYA certificates granted
at a Club training course.
1994. April. Four Topper dinghies acquired.
1995. February. Douglas Gunn elected Honorary President.
1995. October. The Commodore, Roger Coppock,
invited to the AGM of the RYA.
1996. May 4th. Opening of the pier and slipway
opposite Lochcarron Hotel.
The Club participated by sailing a race to the pier,
where members joined in the celebrations.
1998. August. A Portakabin is obtained
as the Club headquarters.
The Lochcarron Sailing Club Cabin.