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Sailing to glory 37 years on

NOT many competitors are still active and successful in their sport 49 years after they began . . . but a Helensburgh sailing enthusiast proved in May 2009 that age is no bar to title glory.

Donald McLaren and his crew won the overall Sigma 33 United Kingdom class championship at the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series on Loch Fyne — his first major title since 1972.The road to the Tarbert triumph, with three 1sts, one 2nd and three 4ths, began when he started sailing in 1960.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 11:05 )

 

Second owners of the Queen's Hotel

MOST Helensburgh people know that the Baths Inn — later Queen’s Hotel — business on East Clyde Street was started and run by steamship pioneer Henry Bell and his wife.

But not many could name the next owners of the hotel, which was converted 20 years ago in the luxury Queen’s Court flats.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:41 )

Burgh's whisky tradition

HELENSBURGH and whisky go back a long way.

The news in March 2009 that a blended Scotch whisky was being specially bottled for the Helensburgh Homecoming celebrations by new town firm Clyde Whiskies reminded local historian Pat Drayton that the burgh used to have its own distillery.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 10:42 )

Helensburgh Sailing Club

HELENSBURGH Sailing Club was founded in 1951 by a number of local enthusiasts with the aim of encouraging small boat sailing in the waters off Helensburgh.

As a burgee they chose a white pennant with the flywheel of the pioneer paddle steamer Comet represented on it in black. The Comet sometimes sailed from Helensburgh pier where the club was initially based and the flywheel is still displayed at the East Bay.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 11:29 )

Another Baird in business

TV INVENTOR John Logie Baird was not the only entrepreneur in his Helensburgh family, it has emerged.

This followed the discovery of an advertisement for Old Gareloch polish in the back premises of T.G.Allan’s shop on the seafront, along with some old rusty tins of polish which were thrown out.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:34 )

Top manager made burgh his home

ONE of Helensburgh’s best known residents is the manager of Glasgow Rangers Football Club, Walter Smith, OBE, who is nearing the end of his final season at Ibrox and has already won the first trophy of the season. 

A quiet man who never seeks the limelight, Walter was a popular choice to present the annual Helensburgh and Lomond Community Spirit Awards, a joint venture between Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Club and the Helensburgh Advertiser which is currently being revamped. He is also the much revered honorary president of Ardencaple Boys Club.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 March 2011 14:26 )

Charlotte misses Olympic place

A PSYCHOLOGY student from Rhu failed in her bid for the sole Laser Radial place in the British sailing team for the 2012 London Olympics — her second Olympic disappointment.

Charlotte Dobson enjoyed an impressive week in the first major London 2012 dress rehearsal at the Weymouth and Portsmouth National Sailing Academy — the Olympic venue — in June 2011, gaining seven top-five finishes but having to settle for fourth overall.

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 June 2012 14:43 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

comet4A new programme of Winter Open Meetings for 2018-19 will begin at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26. Details will be published when available.