I spent a few years sailing Enterprises at Newburgh and bought my first boat in 1968. This boat was built in Perth and after a few years I upgraded the rig and had some good successes with this boat including winning the club championship for 5 or 6 years.
My involvement with Training.
After marriage, My wife and I moved around a bit and I found myself sailing at Annandale SC just outside Lockerbie. Here the club were heavily involved in training and I found myself involved in the training setup and subsequently qualified as a Dinghy Instructor, and, then as a Senior Instructor. At this point I sailed a Mirror with my daughters and a Laser. I was introduced to John Jameson, the then National Coach for Scotland and formed the South West Sailing Squad.
Racing Instructor and Racing Coach qualifications followed and the Regional squad became the Mirror squad.
Myself and Ernie Turpie became National Squad Coaches. During this time I managed to gain a Second place in the Scottish Mirror Championship held at Wormit BC.
Training at Loch Earn SC widened my experience and introduced me to Disabled Sailing and with Alan Smith we won the European Squib Disabled Championship at Royal Tay YC winning all races.
Kneed for comfort:
I began sailing Solos in 1978 when my knees decided that sailing Lasers was not a good idea. The Solo fleet in Scotland was a small group of about 8 to 10 people and in competitions we sailed with the Streaker Class. Over the years the fleet has grown and we are now consistently one of the largest fleet starts on any of the Travellers Series.
Newburgh SC has the one of the largest Solo fleet in Scotland and a number of club members take part in the Travellers Series and have won some of the Trophies.
My aim as Solo fleet Captain:
It is my hope that we should continue to grow the size of the fleet and that we get more boats on the water for more of the races. Older boats are readily available, since 2004 I have been building Solos and have had some good results.
About the Solo:
The National Solo is a classic, one-design, single handed dinghy. Designed by Jack Holt in 1956,the Solo remains a popular dinghy, sailed at many clubs in the UK, Holland and Australia.
Originally designed in wood, competitive boats are now widely available in Foam Reinforced Plastic (FRP) or composite construction (FRP hull and wood deck) as well as wood. Boat numbers are growing steadily with the class becoming more popular today.
Introducing myself as Solo Fleet Captain:
A warm welcome to my introductory page.
My name is John (Ian) Cameron. As well as being Solo Fleet Captain I was also Commodore of Newburgh Sailing Club.
My introduction to sailing was in 1966. I had gone on a pony trekking holiday and had been taken for an unexpected ride through a forest. The next day I was offered the chance to assist taking a boat to Loch Ard and as we finished putting the boat together a gentle breeze came up and it was decided to check the boat out by taking it out for ‘wee blast’.