Bute sailors mark clubhouse’s 40th birthday

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the clubhouse.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the clubhouse.

Members of the Isle of Bute Sailing Club had much to celebrate at the weekend, on the 40th anniversary of the opening of the clubhouse.

On September 27, 1975, the club was officially opened by the Marquess of Bute, and forty years on the club is still going strong, with the team spirit much in evidence when we called in at their party on Saturday evening.

As part of the celebrations a special leaflet detailing the history of the clubhouse was compiled by Iain MacLeod and honorable member Nancy Noddings, whose late husband John was club commodore back in 1975 and also served as site manager for the clubhouse’s build.

The clubhouse was built at a cost of £36,000, which equates to about £335,400 by today’s standards, and a lot of this money was raised by the club’s own members through family fun days and various other events.

Support from the Sports Council of Scotland and the local council enabled the clubhouse to be built on its current site, and following the club’s annual gala day on July 29, 1977, the clubhouse was happily debt free.

The club’s current Commodore, Wendy Brownlie, kicked things off on Saturday night with a few opening remarks, paying tribute to those who give their time every single week to make sailing fun and enjoyable for all.

* Featured on the Isle of Bute Sailing Club’s annual programme of events are the Round Bute Race, the much-loved Raft Race, in addition to twice-weekly sailing sessions during the season and various other competitions and social events.