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