Sails: Come and find out how to manage them

The Sail Doctor Team from Port Edgar are coming along to lead our Training……
                   7:30pm  Tuesday 27th March 2018 in the Bell Block


At our first Off the Water Training in January, we discussed our next session  which is on Sails and how they work! There was a lot of enthusiasm and lots of  questions put forward:

We will have 30 minutes very basic chat. There will be something for everyone!
Here are some of the questions:


  • How do you set up a rig?
  • Light wind sailing…Is it best to have the main outhaul on tight…Downwind or outhaul eased?

  • Best way to increase luff tension in foresail: Tighten halyard or pull on backstay?

  • When do you employ kicker?

  • Tips for light airs sailing…..

  • Do you have to do anything different when trimming a furling foresail than you do when using standard genoa?

  • How do all the different tell tails work?

  • How do you get the best out of old sails and what can the Sail Doctor offer to do to upgrade old sails, if anything?



RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat Station – Saturday 13th January 2018

Come along to RNLI Queensferry Lifeboat station on Saturday 13th January to hear about one of Scotland’s busiest inshore lifeboat stations.  Our talk/tour will start at 11am and will last 1 – 1.5 hours –  pub lunch after perhaps!

Meet at Hawes Pier, Hawes Brae, South Queensferry, EH30 9TB  at 10.50am.

Please let me know if you can make it by emailing If anyone needs a lift get in touch.



Prize Giving and Christmas Party 2017

Christmas jumpers at the ready, our Annual Prize Giving and Christmas Party is on Saturday 2nd December at Trinity Bowling Club from 7pm.

Come along to find out who’s won the prizes, eat your way through the buffet and catch up with your fellow sailors over a drink or two. There will be party games for the kids (and the big kids).
Donations for the raffle welcome, tickets will be on sale on the night – money raised will go to the RNLI.

Blackness Boat Club

A message from Blackness Boat Club….

As summer comes in I’ve been asked by our Committee to let you know that your members are warmly invited to call in at Blackness. We are always pleased to see visitors and you will find a ready welcome. Our comfortable clubhouse has the usual facilities, including a well stocked bar. It offers panoramic views of the upper Forth. Blackness Castle is a few minutes’ walk away. During the sailing season the clubhouse is usually open but it’s a good idea to call the Commodore or Harbour Master in advance, particularly if you are coming from some distance away or where a number of boats are sailing together.

Boats can lie alongside the pier for 2.5 – 3 hrs either side of high water, depending on the state of the tide. In settled weather yachts can berth at the pier over more than one tide. At HWS there is approximately 3 metres of water at the pier, less at other times. There are usually club members around to take lines and give a hand with tying up but again it’s a good idea to get in touch with the Harbour Master before arrival. There is a slipway for landing from tenders for those who prefer to moor in the bay. Blackness Bay dries out so is suitable only for bilge keelers and yachts with lifting keels.

The Committee is keen to encourage visitors to make Blackness one of their destinations and we look forward to seeing some of you over the summer.


The Current Committee

Commodore                Jack Mackay                 07817221370                           

Vice-Commodore       Jim Halliday                07516825779                            

Harvour Master          Pete Matthew    


Treasurer                     Nicky Strachan            07979963048                                        

Secretary                     Gordon Yates               0792588073                                                 

Yours sincerely,


Jim Halliday, Vice-Commodore, BBC