Castle Semple SC
Castle Semple Loch
The Lochwinnoch-based Club offers a full programme during its season, including opportunities to compete against other sailing clubs. Beginners or those who have not sailed for some time are supported via the ‘buddy’ system, nor do you have to have your own boat. Club days are Wednesdays and Sundays throughout the season which runs from April to October.
Membership of Castle Semple Sailing Club
Castle Semple Sailing Club currently has a membership of around 100 people of all ages who have a keen interest in sailing for recreation or competition. This number is set to increase due to an improved club structure; new members and those who just fancy coming along for a taster session are welcome. A cadet division is currently being developed to encourage young people to participate in this sport.
Social Events Programme
Members are kept busy on dry land as well with a programme of club events organised by the Social Convener. This year’s programme includes barbecues, the open day and an end of season Ceilidh and the trophy presentation which takes place in the McKillop Institute in October.
Sailing for People with Disabilities
Castle Semple Sailing Club has, for several years, been able to bring the enjoyment of sailing to individuals with a variety of disabilities. This has been the result of an ongoing partnership between the club and Options, an association which facilitates wheelchair users to participate in a variety of sporting activities as a part of their rehabilitation. Options houses four specially designed ‘Challenger’ trimarans at the club; these purpose-built craft allow sailors who are wheelchair users to sail single handed (or with an able-bodied buddy).