“During a handicap race with variable speed boats, hence the handicap system, it is sometimes necessary to allow some boats to sail more laps than others. Obviously this is usually the faster boats. Doing this means that the slower handicap boats are not still sailing at midnight.
Sometimes it can benefit the faster boats, sometimes the slower. More anon.
Compared to Sun. 1 it was a good start except for Becky (ent) who suffered a gear failure just before the start but was able to fix it and start shortly after unlike poor Sally (solo) whose halyard parted during rigging ! Not so easily fixed.
However! I digress.
Tony W and Nick (both solos) were having a ding dong battle at the front of the race closely followed by David Smith (firefly)
Tony led for most of the race with David possibly ahead on handicap.. Sorted ! Or so I thought.
The fleet was split after most had completed one lap leaving the Topper and Ent. seemingly miles behind. They finished in due course. The race continued with Nick eventually passing Tony with David who was in a great position making some poor decisions in the falling wind at the death
The race finished Nick. Tony. David. Sebastian. Eoughan. Or so I thought
But what’s this ?
On handicap working out. Mark (Topper) 1st, Becky (late starting Ent ) 2nd.
Honest I have checked and rechecked the workings out.
What a system.
Sally get out soon. You are number one on the ladder and you may well receive some challenges.”
Tony W 4th,
The start of the first Tuesday points of the season, and the finish, almost in the dark! Nick first, Seb second, Mark K third and the Commodore Becci and Erwin giving everyone else a chance at the beginning of the season fourth. (TW)
Our latest new has gone out as a mailshot, you can find the latest version here. In this mailshot we have the latest race report (of the first Sunday races) with the results. You can find the sailing ladder initial list, anyone not on the list who wants to join add your name to the bottom by contacting the club. You can see what is happening in the next 2 weeks, or have a look at the calendar for the whol year
We started the season yesterday (24/03/2019) by placing our boats back at the club ground. If you have not been able to return your boat to the club but are going to do so soon please contact the club to inform them. This will allow us to preserve spaces, make sure that the boats are allocated an appropriate space depending on the boat type etc.
Please keep an eye out for the next mailshot, as this will have important information regarding the sailing start of the season etc. Hope to see you all soon at the clubhouse.
Now we are coming out of what has been a remarkably mild winter, it’s time to think about getting boats back and looking forward to sailing again. This means it is time for memberships to be renewed and subs paid; you will find a link to the membership form further down this newsletter. We look forward to welcoming back current members and hopefully seeing some new faces as well.
Over the winter we have undertaken some much needed maintenance and I would like to thankTony Walker, Tony Cook, Mark Kimber, Peter Tait and everyone else involved in refitting and painting the sail room and entrance to the changing rooms as well as other essential maintenance.
Not everyone stops sailing for the winter and Aberdeen University have made good use of the Loch for their training sessions. They planned to hold a couple of events there but in the only real cold snap of the season, the Loch froze and they had to relocate to Dundee. The radio sailors have also continued to meet over the winter and have helped with general upkeep of the grounds. They have a couple of events this year that they will host at Forfar so we look forward to seeing them in action.
As noted below the day for boats returning is Sunday 24th March and we will also hold our Half Yearly meeting that afternoon. We really hope to see as many members as possible at this to hear about the year ahead. We will also be voting in a new treasurer as Simon Brown leaves this role after two years. Thank you to Simon for keeping the accounts going, the tuck shop stocked and lots more.
The new sailing calendar is almost complete and will be emailed to everyone so you can put dates in your diary. We are returning to the system of OOD and safety boat helm on Sundays for the racing in the afternoon and to support the free sailing in the morning. We are updating the list of people who are able to use the safety boat. We think we have everyone on the list but please contact us if you see any inaccuracies. Everyone cleared to use the safety boat will be given roster dates and I thank you in advance for your support of the club. (current members will receive an email with the calendar, helm list and duty roster soon) We are also introducing a Sailing Ladder instead of the pursuit race on Thursday evenings. We hope this will encourage more people to try racing and gain the confidence to join other racing events at the club.
Finally, this year sees the club reach its 60th birthday which we plan to celebrate later in the year. Plans are still being developed and we will let you know what form this will take as soon as possible. If anyone has suggestions please contact a member of the committee.