The Sailing Club’s first cruise of the year started in Largs marina on Friday with 4 boats and 30 sailors heading for the beauti-ful town of Tarbert. We met up with some familiar faces from both Glasgow and Strathclyde universities who were doing a similar trip the same weekend.

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We woke up on Saturday morning to near perfect conditions – with bright sunshine and winds of around 15knts – so set sail early across towards the Isle of Bute taking the scenic route through the Kyles of Bute. The sunshine was even enough to convince a few brave souls to take a dip in the freezing Scot-tish water – which apparently wasn’t as cold as it looked! The good weather continued mak-ing a great days sailing and after an afternoon of beautiful scenery and wildlife spotting (there were definitely dolphins) all 4 boats made it successfully to Tarbert harbour.

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After a great evening socialising with the other universities and trips up to the castle it was time to set sail back to Largs, this time heading between the Isles of Arran and Bute. With less wind than the Saturday, sailing was more challenging, but thanks to our skippers and a little bit of help from the engines all the boats were back safely into Largs marina on Sunday afternoon. It was a great weekend all round and a fantastic introduction for members new and old who were trying it for the first time.

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