I must have had the sun in my eyes, as I reported that Malcolm finished 3rd. He had passed Dave, who struggled to get wind in his sails close to the jetty. Therefore the correct finishing is Sally, Malcolm, Dave, Eoghan and Becci
With a lazy breeze and sunshine at the start, Dave in his Firefly took off first, followed soon by Sally and Eoghan in a Solo. Sally had a good start with Eoghan lagging behind. Only 40 seconds later to be followed by Becci and Erwin in the Enterprise all started by the whistle from Malcolm to start last in his Laser.
Due to the late start of Eoghan, Becci managed to pass him soon after the start, while Sally was gaining on Dave rapidly.
Not long after the first lap had gone around C, did she manage to overtake Dave. Meanwhile, Malcolm was in pursuit and crept passed Eoghan and Becci. Sally at the front was fighting to keep the lead, especially when Dave was getting some good wind and speeding past, only to overshoot K. All ground gained was wasted while he had to turn back to pass K.
Eoghan managed to get himself a good lift coming through the channel and got him inside Becci to take the 4th spot when the time had run out. Malcolm did not manage to get close enough to Dave and Sally, although with 5 more minutes who knows?
A bright sunny day welcomed the six racers to the water, the wind was, well it was just a Forfar wind, challenging, shifty SE to SW and variable in strength 2-3ish.
The course was G, K, both to port then D, C and A to starboard.
Erwin in the Solo and Dennis in the Solution both made a good start but Dave Smith passed both in his Firefly only to overstand the first mark in the shifty conditions, leaving Erwin to make the first mark in the lead, Dennis fought back and took the lead on the run down to D both being followed by Dave, Becci in the Enterprise, Sebastian in the Laser Radial and Mark in the Feva.
There was close sailing in the main body of the fleet and at the end of the first leg, Dennis led Dave, Sebastian, Erwin Becci and Mark.
The second beat to G saw Sebastian sail well to overtake Dave while Denis pulled away from the main fleet which were enjoying some close racing.
The third and last leg saw the whole fleet close up at the G mark but Dennis again managed to open up the distance but some of the others managed to stay just close enough to beat him on corrected time.
The final result showed a well-deserved win for Sebastian followed by Dave, Mark, Erwin, Dennis and Becci.
The second race was sailed in similar conditions but with a few hard gusts added for interest. Mark swapped the Feva for a Laser Radial, Eoghan took charge of the Solo from Erwin and Sebastian tried the Streaker.
Denis crossed the start line first followed by Dave, Mark, Becci, Eoghan and Sebastian.
Dennis broke away as the rest of the fleet bunched up at the first mark following a difficult first beat.
At the end of the first leg, Dennis led Dave, Sebastian, Becci, Eoghan and Mark and went on to consolidate his lead until making contact with the spit which unfortunately forced him to retire to check for damage.
The rest of the fleet fought a close race with Dave breaking away to finish a clear first on the water. The corrected time result was Dave, Sebastian, Eoghan, Becci and Mark.
Pursuit race, course: G – port, K -port, F – starboard, C – starboard, A – starboard
The wind eased a bit after the boats took to the water but everyone had a good start. The Solo’s first, followed by the enterprise and at last the Laser. The Solo’s managed to keep together closely followed by Malcolm and Becci. With some boats trying to change the pattern by taking a different tack it was not always easy to determine who would be arriving at a mark first. Plenty of tactical sailing up to a mark and shouts of ‘water’, pushing boats out while trying to overtake etc. meant that the race was exciting from start to finish. Only in the last lap, where Tony missed a mark and had to return did we started to see some distance between each boat. Becci called ‘water’ at G to get space from Nick only to lose the advantage by drifting into the mark (i swear the mark is magnetic).
A good night of sailing was had.
Results: 1. Malcolm, 2. Nick, 3. Becci, 4. Sally, 5. Tony W
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.