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The world's last remaining turbine steamship, TS Queen Mary will return to her home river of the Clyde for the first time in decades on Sunday, May 15  - it is a truly historic moment. She has been acquired by the Friends of TS Queen Mary Trust which has raised a huge £300k to save her from a very uncertain fate and bring her home to Scotland. Her predicted arrival time, should she maintain her current progress, is approx 1200/1230 at the Cumbrae Gap. If any of your members or berth holders would be interested in showing her a fantastic homecoming welcome by forming or joining a flotilla at any point on her route, they would be more than welcome to sail alongside as she passes into the upper Clyde and on to Greenock, where she will berth at Garvel Dock. Her ETA at Garvel is approx 1500/1530.

Obviously these times could change, so it is advised that any of those wishing to come out and greet her keep an eye on the following media channels on the run up to Sunday and on the day itself:
Facebook - Friends of TS Queen Mary
Twitter - search TS Queen Mary - Twitter handle is @fotsqm

TS Queen Mary, which was built by William Denny in Dumbarton and launched in 1933, will be under tow by tug Venture and so anyone taking part in a welcome gathering is poliely asked to make sure that they maintain a sensible distance and respect other marine users. Please share this own your own social media channels to allow your members, berth holders and readers to help spread the word. The TS Queen Mary was originally built for Williamson-Buchanan Steamers, before passing into the direct lineage of Caledonian MacBrayne via the Caledonian Steam Packet Company in 1935 - she was retired from the fleet in 1978, having served 43 years.

For those who are interested, TS Queen Mary is currently under tow by tug Venture - she passed Land's End earlier this afternoon, so hopefully you can find her on AIS without too much trouble.



Picture courtesy of Friends of TS Queen Mary show the ship making the first steps of her journey home

New Years Race                              

Kip 2016 - Start 11-00 hours

With the forecast fluctuating all week it was decided that the race should go ahead as planned on Saturday 2 January 2016. With four boats taking part it was a reasonable turnout with crews meeting at the Marina Office at 10-30. The wind was forecast to be out of the east and as the boats prepared for the race that was certainly the case. No rain was forecast and even a short spell of sun was anticipated. Unfortunately the latter did not materialise. The course was a flying start from the fuel jetty out to Channel mark N up to Warden bank into the power station mark and then a repeat with the exception of the last leg which was from Warden Bank to the Marina entrance and the finishing time taken with the boats crew member reporting to the Race Officer at Marina Office.

With low water at shortly after 11 o’clock the far side of the river was always going to be difficult given the amount of rain which had fallen over the last few weeks. Almost as soon as the race started the wind began to fluctuate and blew only 4 or 5 knots and on the far shore it turned north westerly which made for a fast third leg from Warden Bank to the power station mark. The first round really suited Jim McKenzies new boat, a Hallberg Rassy 26, which on handicap lead the fleet by 4 minutes. As the wind filled in on the second round touching 12/13 knots it made it easier for Leomaris to make way up stream towards Warden Bank. Even with the flood tide there was still three knots of current down stream that made the Innellan shore leg very hard work.  The Hanse, Blue Hoolit,  owners Johnathan and Rosemary Ayre had travelled up from North Berwick to take part and they had an excellent joust with Murray Sims Bavaria 32 Poppamatic 2.

With great hospitality from Kip Marina and the very much appreciated support, yet again, by Boyd Tunnock, every crew member headed home with the Tunnocks goodie bag after the enjoyable days exertions.

1st       Leomaris

2nd     Hallberg Rassy

Rtd   Poppamatic 2

Rtd    Blue Hoolit

 

Ricky Gray

Commodore

 

 

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