South Side Festival

June 30, 2008

South Side Festival PosterThe South Side Festival for members of GSSMS kicked of at eight in the morning with the usual pond side organisation. By eleven everything was in place ready for the start of the Festival marked by a procession down Pollokshaws Road, along Alison Street and finally turning up Victoria Road to go through the distinctive entrance that is Queens Park.

GSSMS was well situated for the carnival procession being situated next to Pollokshaws Road which gave members and visitors alike a birds eye view and experience of the carnival atmosphere. The club marked this special day with a Yachting Regatta to keep in with the theme of the festival which was on heritage. To encourage participation at the event GSSMS hosted 3 free to enter competitions. The first of which, a one metre and above race, was won by Mr L. Clarke. The Second, a Wee Nip race, was taken by Mr D. Cowie and the final race was won by Wee J. Mason for being the smallest of competitors to take part in the races.

The Club also put up a Revell, 1/72nd Scale GATO Class Submarine (retail cost £59.99) up for raffle throughout the day. One lucky (and very excited) winner from the Giffnock area took the prize with pink ticket 403. I had no idea that a phone call could generate so much excitement. Congratulations Katherine the members of GSSMS and the organisers of the South Side Festival hope you have many hours of fun with your new model.

Hope to see you all next year

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GSSMS Start of Season Sail

June 26, 2008

Did we have this show? The year is passing in so quick that I firmly beleive this is an age thing. My memory is getting worse. I know we had it because I have the photos and some video eveidence. was there anything memerable about it? Oh there was.

It was windy and I lost control of my yacht. Within seconds it smashed against the side of the pond. From a distance it looked as though it could take it. Even after my jolt round the pond to reasure that was the case it still looked ok. On removing it from the pond however I was enlightend to the fact that there was a 30lb chunk of steel keeping the yacht upright. Now thats what I call boating. That aside the day went well with visitors from Greenock, Richmond, EK, Elderpark to mention a few. Many thanks to all those who turned up and helped make it the day it was.  Mr Cowie of GSSMS took the Wee Nip trophy for coming first.  Unfortunately there were no prizes for 2nd or 3rd although Wee Johnny of GRMBC took the junior Nip trophy.  Well done lads.