Christmas party – Saturday 8th December

We’re going to organise a Christmas party to which everyone, adults and children are invited. The purpose is to have a good time and also to try and raise a few bob to buy cushions and other bits and bobs for the Skiff. We also need to raise some dosh for our ‘uniform’, particularly outer clothing, so there will be small charge for the event (to be determined). A small sub-group would be helpful particularly those interested in cooking. Donations of food from all will be very welcome. If anyone is able to source a Christmas tree for no cost which does not involve stealing one, that would be fab. Please can you note your interest and willingness to help with the organising, by contacting me at


Helen Pryde.

Elie Skiff at the V&A Opening


12 St Alyes coastal rowing skiffs from clubs in Fife ,Lothians and Tayside met at Wormit sailing club. The weather was sunny and warm with light southwest wind . We rowed up the Tay under the rail bridge against the tide. (Hugging the shore to keep out of the worst of the current)

We were told that passing trains would give a ‘hoot ‘ and they surprisingly did. We returned through the central spans of the bridge and make a course for Tayport passing under the road bridge. The tide made it a leisurely row ..

After the lighthouse it was a left turn over the Tay to the Royal Tay yacht club at Broughty ferry where coffee /cakes were gladly received. Minor repairs where carried out to the stoke oar and we were off  up the Tay to the V+A.

The wind freshened from the south west and rowing required a little more effort. Arriving at the V and A we saluted by raising our oars, a scary operation.

Back to Wormit sailing club where hot soup was waiting for us and more home baking.

10.5 miles of rowing . Well done to the Elie crew . We had good banter with the other crews.

Thank you to Wormit for hosting this event and ‘Broughty for providing a relaxing stop off point.

David S. Chalmers

Elie Harbour Crane-out, Saturday 6th October, 2018

The Crane-out of boats from Elie Harbour is on Saturday 6th October, expected to commence from 9:00am. (exact time to be confirmed)

To help the planning for this, can you please positively confirm if you will be making use of the crane to lift your boat on the day to

The anticipated cost is £30 for EESC members, £40 for non-members.

Remember that if you are making use of the crane to lift your boat, you will need to bring along proof of insurance cover on the day

EESC Skiff Naming Ceremony – Saturday 29th September

The naming ceremony for our skiff  “Archie” will be on Saturday 29th September at 5pm, and will be followed by a bring your own BBQ . I hope you will make the effort to attend. We plan to also invite Pittenweem Rowing Club, which has been a great help to us during our first year. The idea is we will row with them before the ceremony, if they would like to, and it may incorporate a not too serious race! Probably from 2.30 pm if the weather is good to us.  For more details on participation in rowing, please feel free to contact me.

Helen Pryde

Skiff Secretary

Earlsferry Passage Race 2018

Great turnout for the annual Earlsferry Passage

34 sailors in 9 boats sailed from Elie to North Berwick on 2nd Sept in varying conditions (light to fresh southerly wind).

We were greeted at North Berwick by members of East Lothian yacht club and offered as tradition pie, beans and a pint.

17 sailors from East Lothian yacht club in 6 boats sailed to Elie at the same time, and stopped for lunch at our club.

Thank you to all involved and hopefully everyone had fun!



David Chalmers.

EESC Sailing Secretary.

Wayfarer Coastal Sail with Dundee Sailing Club

Wayfarers on Elie beach

Five sailing dinghies and a safety rib from Dundee Sailing Club along with 2 Elie club members, Roy Mclean  & David Chalmers set off from from Broughty Ferry down the Tay at 8.30 am on Sat 4th Aug 2018 to the pool buoy . Tide was full so we crossed through the pool to St Andrews bay, a wonderful site as we sailed through 200 hundred plus seals. We reached to Fife Ness where we re- grouped and had lunch hoving-to . As the wind had strengthened, we all put in our first reef.  The fun then began as we tacked down the Fife coast in a 20 knot southwestly reaching Elie 4.30pm. A lot of spray and tacking!
The boats were pulled up the beach, and we were greeted by our Commodore with hot tea/cake. Thank you Marilyn.  The Barbecue was lit and other Elie members joined us for a relaxing evening of banter/boat talk . Some tents were pitched around the clubhouse and others just bedded down on the clubhouse floor .

On Sunday, a 7am start with breakfast cooked on the barbecue . David Swift & Charles Drace-Frances joined us for
the return leg. A great run dowto Fife ness in a fresh south westerly, where we re-grouped and headed to the pool at Tentsmuir forest . The tide was low so we landed on Tentsmuir beach for a chat / seal watch while the pool re flooded . We beat up the Tay in gusty conditions arriving at Dundee Sailing Club 4pm

A great /fun weekend of sailing Hopefully we can make this a regular joint event with Dundee sailing club .

David S. Chalmers,

Spaces available – Wayfarer sailing from Dundee to Elie, Friday 3rd Aug-Sunday 5th Aug 2018

For all EESC Members, 

Spaces available to sail in wayfarer dinghies from Dundee Sailing Club to Elie from and return this weekend.
For further info please contact David Chalmers, Sailing Secretary

Also all members are welcome to come and have a drink with members of Dundee Sailing club on Sat 4th at 8pm at the Clubhouse.

Replacement of CG66 craft identification scheme

News from HM Coastguard about a major change to the voluntary safety identification scheme (currently CG66). This is relevant to ALL boat owners, and a significant upgrade on the original scheme to aid marine rescue services.

In partnership with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), HM Coastguard will be introducing the world-leading RYA SafeTrx as our new official safety identification scheme.
RYA SafeTrx builds on the advantages of the CG66 scheme to assist HM Coastguard with Search and Rescue in UK territorial waters and it provides enhanced functionality if used together with the optional mobile app. RYA SafeTrx is free, and you do not need to be a member of the RYA to register. You can get more information about RYA SafeTrx here:

If you choose to register,
there are two ways to do this:
You can enter your details via the RYA SafeTrx App, which can be
downloaded from the Apple app store or Google Play. If you do not wish to use the mobile app, there is an option to register your details online at

With RYA SafeTrx becoming
our new official safety identification scheme, we will stop
taking new registrations to CG66 on 11 July.

Existing data: The information currently held on our CG66 database will be retained and used by our Search and Rescue (SAR) teams alongside the SafeTrx data for the next two years. If your information is no longer valid the best course of action is to register on SafeTrx as this will supersede information held on CG66. CG66 data will continue to be held securely and not shared with any third parties or used for any other purpose other than for the MCA to carry out its SAR function.  The Coastguard will be able to access the RYA SafeTrx database and check boat records in exactly the same way as we do now with CG66. There is no requirement for existing users to remove or update their data in CG66. However if you do wish to remove your information from our existing CG66 database, please contact us at:
Please do take the time to have a look at RYA SafeTrx and sign up to the app. It will only take a couple of minutes and could be invaluable to you in an emergency at sea. To find out more about how the MCA look after personal data, your rights and how to contacts our data protection officer please go to:

Thank you,
HM Coastguard

Invite to Wayfarer Events at Dundee Sailing Club

Dundee Sailing Club will be holding events on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July, 2018 celebrating 60 years of Wayfarer sailing.

Come along for some great Thai food – three course meal for only £15 per adult, children £7.50
Bar from 7pm to midnight
Entertainment on Wayfarer related themes – bring pictures and stories to celebrate the iconic Wayfarer’s 60th birthday!
To book a place please email:

Come along for some great Thai food – three course meal for only £15 per adult, children £7.50
Bar from 7pm to midnight
Entertainment on Wayfarer related themes – bring pictures and stories to celebrate the iconic Wayfarer’s 60th birthday!
To book a place please email

SUNDAY SAILING (3pm launch)


Sunday sail to Balmerino beach for BBQ, please bring your own drink and food for the BBQ
We are aiming for a record number of Wayfarers on the water –
Will yours be the oldest or newest? With most or fewest crew? Furthest travelled? Most fun?
We’ll be accompanied by a piper and a camera drone while going through the bridges – don’t miss this special event, rig your Wayfarer, or take a club Wayfarer and enjoy a good sail!