A statement from the Club said: "We have suspended all dinghy
sailing and children's activities and advised members not to swim and go into the water."
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD boy drowned yesterday in view of his helpless father after jumping from a toy dinghy that was swept out to sea.
But a tragic sequence of events occurred after the boy took the dinghy out to sea without permission.
Fiona Warren, spokeswoman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said the boy had panicked and jumped into the water causing the dinghy to capsize.
She said the boy's father then asked a nearby couple in another dinghy to look out for the child while he swam back to shore to alert the lifeguard.
The Optimist is the most popular dinghy
class and produced 90 per cent of the sailing competitors at the last Olympic Games in Sydney, including British gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, who was Optimist national champion in 1992.
At the age of 18, and already the reigning British Champion competing in Laser class dinghys, Shirley made the decision to compete at the women's European Championships on Lake Geneva.
But as she doggedly honed her skills in her 12-foot racing dinghy in the inhospitable waters, hopes of a gold medal and national glory seemed a lifetime away.
Yesterday, 14 years after she steered her dinghy under the shadow of the Forth Bridge, Shirley Robertson finally achieved her dream.