Well done to Helen Pryde who was presented with the East Fife Sports Council’s ”runner up” prize for ”Services to Sport” last week.
On behalf of Elie and Earlsferry Sailing Club I would like to thank her for her time, effort and enthusiasm in establishing St. Ayles Skiff coastal rowing at Elie

AGM 30th Oct 2020

Dear all

I hope you are keeping well and coping with the increasingly strict restrictions on everyday life. Maybe because of the situation, time appears to have flown this year and it is already the time of year for our AGM. Unfortunately this won’t be our usual sociable affair and will have to conducted in a socially distant fashion using Zoom.
Details of this will be circulated in due course but please be aware that the AGM will be conducted at 7.30pm on Friday 30th October.
As you may realise my term as commodore will end at this AGM and I expect David Chalmers, who has served as vice commodore with dedication and enthusiasm, to put his name forward for commodore. However I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining the committee in any role to put themselves forward. To do this you have to put your own name forward and also receive a nomination from another member. I am attaching the nomination form to this emai. Alternatively, under current circumstances,if you and your nominee email me this will be acceptable. The final date for receipt of nominations is Friday 16th October.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Best regards

Hi everyone, just to let you and your members know, ABC is having a sail past to mark our 90th anniversary. Could you forward this round to your members to see if anyone would like to come along and help us celebrate. If they are interested, could they let me know so we can accommodate the numbers. Thanks in advance for your help and interest. Best regards, Andy ABC SS James Andrew Oldfield +447900084483

Club update

Dear all
I hope that you are keeping well and have been finding enough to do with no boating available!
As you know the Scottish Government introduced some relaxation to the lockdown on Thursday that have a significant, and welcome, impact on water sports of all sorts. The RYA has been working closely with the Scottish Government to come up with workable guidelines which I am attaching to this email.
The basic premise is that we can get back to water sports as long as that complies with the current guidance on social distancing, not gathering in groups, etc. Therefore as long as we can launch and operate boats or other watercraft in one or two household groups we are free to continue.
Unfortunately these rules do mean that we cannot restart some activities yet. The skiff section will not be able to commence rowing and we will not be able to open the clubhouse or toilets until further notice. The committee also understands that the yachts intend to crane in on Monday. Regretfully,as a club, we cannot support this with the use of the rib, etc as the event is in breach of the lockdown rules. Obviously we will be happy to resume normal service as soon as we are able.
So for those of you who are able to get out and enjoy yourselves. For those who can’t, commiserations!


Dear all

Firstly, and most importantly, I hope that you are keeping well. These are very strange times the like of which Elie and Earlsferry Sailing Club haven’t seen before. The committee had planned various activities for the coming season including VHF radio training, resumption of Wednesday night training and social events to name but a few. Needless to say Covid 19 has put a stop to all that and it is difficult to envision what we can do on the water in the coming weeks whilst respecting the governments advice on social distancing and essential travel!

The RYA have also issued guidance that clubhouses should remain shut until the restrictions are lifted. Therefore the clubhouse will remain locked until further notice and I would ask members who have keys to respect this guidance.

Needless to say as soon as we are allowed to we will start our activities up again and get the clubhouse open. This does lead me to a rather difficult section of this letter. Although we are obviously not doing anything and members aren’t benefiting from the club in the near future, there are substantial costs to keeping the clubhouse running. This is normally covered by our membership fees. In these difficult circumstances I am only too aware that many of us have had pay cuts or lost employment and to ask for full payment now for those members is out of the question. The committee has discussed this at length and have come up with the following plan:

  • The closing date for any club fees has been extended until 1st
  • If you are willing and able to please pay the normal club fees as soon as possible
  • If you are unable to do that please pay the social membership fee (£40)

The committee will obviously look to reduce our costs during this difficult period to offset a loss of income.


I look forward to seeing everyone when this situation is over.

Keep well.

Best regards

John Ellicott (Commodore)