for all the photo’s from the opening regatta go to the google photo album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/EvuZNUwFpvk4LQnR9
The Forfar Sailing Club Opening regatta took place on Sunday 28th April and saw 9 boats on the water, including 3 lasers, a laser 2, a laser radial, a Solo, an Enterprise, a 420 (being sailed single handed) and a 29er.
The wind for the first race was very light and very variable, starting Easterly and varying dramatically round the compass. This made the race a great challenge for all, and resulted in a great deal of overtaking when some sailors found holes in the wind, and others found exclusive breeze.
A course of Z, D, C, A was set by the race officer, in the hope that the course would avoid the dead spots on the loch.
No-one was over the line at the start of the first race, but the wind was so light that collisions were inevitable and several boats did penalty turns after accidentally touching another boat. Tony Cook (laser) and Susie Sturrock (29er), with crew Eoghan Ooosterhoorn, made it to the first mark of the course in front of the rest of the fleet. The solo of Tony Walker then came from right at the back of the field and joined the front line. Shortly afterwards the fleet split into 2 packs, with the lasers, solo, laser 2 and 29er in the front group, with the 420, laser radial and Enterprise in the second pack. The wind picked up a little from the East and the solo got the breeze first, followed by the laser of Malcolm Heron. These two made it to the second mark of the course before everyone else. After creeping slowly through the gap the solo lost the wind and came to a stop, which allowed Malcolm Heron and Susie’s 29er to slowly overtake. Malcolm took line honours, followed by the 29er, the solo and Peter Tait, also in a laser.
On handicap the places were Tony Walker 1, Malcolm Heron 2, Peter Tait 3.
The wind picked up after lunch and the breeze was much more consistent for the second race. No-one was over the line for the start and the laser 2, 420 (single handed!) and 29er all deployed their spinnaker, which was a great sight to see. This race was more fun for all concerned and, after 3 laps, the results were Tony Cook 1, Tony Walker 2, Peter Tait 3.
The third race had a more troubled start with the lasers of Tony Cook and Peter Tait over the line. The enterprise of Becci Oosterhoorn took the lead, ahead of Malcolm, the laser 2 and Peter. The wind slowly dropped during the race and some of the finishes were very close. The result on handicap was Malcolm 1, Becci 2, Peter 3.
The overall result over the three races, with 1 discard, was Malcolm 1, Tony Walker 2, Tony Cook 3.
A great day was had by all, with sunshine, soup, cakes and an osprey all adding to the fun.
09/04/19 – 19:20
OOD: Tony Cook, Felicity Kimber.
Handicap race, course: Z – starboard,G – starboard,K -port,F – starboard,D – starboard,C – starboard,F – port,A – starboard
“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,
(For anyone that does not have Facebook)
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.