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Closing regatta

Our usual closing regatta format was not possible this year due to the ongoing restrictions however there was good support from both adult and cadet members.
The day started with a gentle breeze and the course for the first race was set as D, C, Z, A. Becci’s Radial was ahead at the end of the first lap with Erwin’s Solo close behind. Next were Jamie’s Radial and Bill in his recently acquired Wanderer, followed soon after by Drew’s Topper. Meanwhile at the back of the fleet the Brown’s Mirror had sailed a good lap but Lyall’s Optimist was steadily gaining and finished the first lap just a few seconds behind them.
During the second lap the Solo managed to get ahead of Becci’s Radial and stayed in front to the finish line. Jamie’s Radial lost the wind but the Wanderer managed to find a breeze from somewhere and moved into third. Jamie’s Radial started to catch the leaders on the downwind leg but then the wind died away and he somehow fell in.
Meanwhile the Topper stayed ahead of the Mirror and Optimist. However, the Optimist found a breeze up the shore where there seemed to be none and pulled ahead of the Mirror.
With very light winds only 2 laps were sailed and after the application of handicaps the final placings were Optimist, Wanderer, Solo, Radial (Becci), Topper, Radial (Jamie), Mirror.

With the wind even less, the course was shortened for the second race to D, K, A. Once again the Solo, Radials and Wanderer took the lead with the Topper close behind as they finished the first lap. Unfortunately, the wind then dropped away so the race was shortened with the Mirror crossing the line ahead of the Optimist and Feva. The faster boats managed a second lap with the Wanderer finishing first followed by the Solo, Radials and Topper.
The final placings were Wanderer, Topper, Solo, Radial (Becci), Optimist, Radial (Jamie), Mirror, Feva.

After a break where the wind seemed to be returning the third race was started with the intended course of F, C, K, A. However, a full minute after the start no boats had crossed the start line so the race was abandoned. There was a brief moment where Becci and Erwin seemed to get some wind but it was a false hope.
It was agreed by the sailors that a second day should be set to sail some additional races.

Tuesday pursuit race

Very light winds (F2 and dropping) from the SW meant that much of the south side of the Loch was in shadow. The course was C(port), D(port), K (starboard).
The Feva set off first with a good few minutes start on the faster boats. This week the wind stayed steady during this time and they made good progress towards the gap before the chase was on. The Feva was first to mark D but, as the wind almost died, touched the mark as they floated slowly past. The Solution and Solo caught the Feva on the way to the channel but the Laser with no wind got stuck at D and had 3 attempts before finally rounding the mark.

The Solution kept the lead down to K, whilst the Feva bravely tried to find some wind to fill the gennaker. The Laser got going again but even with a 360 penalty, the Feva stayed well ahead.
The Solution maintained the lead back up to C, with the Solo gradually dropping back. As the final time approached the wind dropped to barely a breath, leaving the Laser no opportunity to catch the Feva.

View over the spit, with the loch dead calm. Sunset has well started.

As the final whistle blew the finishing order was Dennis (Solution), Erwin (Solo), Jamie & Helen (Feva), Becci (Laser Radial). However, the slower boats were ashore and de-rigged before the other two managed to drift their way back from a second trip to mark D!!


1. Dennis (Solution)

2. Erwin (Solo)

3. Jamie & Helen (Feva)

4. Becci (Laser radial)

Latest from the Loch

On Sunday 6th September we arrived to find a flat calm loch and no sign of any wind so in lieu of sailing a work party set to rediscovering the university boats amongst the weeds and reeds! Tony W, Bill, Erwin, Mark K and Conor got stuck in with the big mower (our strimmer refused to keep going for more than a few seconds) and a set of shears. Boats were moved, water emptied and lost buoys found. The end result was worth all the effort and hopefully, the university will be able to start sailing again soon. Meanwhile Drew and Lyle Webster were showing us all how to use a SUP and Eoghan took a kayak for a spin around the loch. Thank you to everyone for their efforts getting everything done.

Tuesday evening saw a bit more wind – enough for a few of us to launch and have a spirited pursuit race. The course was a tricky upwind to E then over to D followed by a good downwind to C before heading through the gap and down to K. Helen and Jamie started first in the Feva followed by Becci and Conor in Laser radials then Tony W and Erwin in theri Solo’s. Bill was the last to start in his Streaker. The first leg had some very fickle wind but Jamie and Helen kept their lead flying downwind from D with the spinnaker up. Unfortunately Jamie was enjoying the turn of speed a bit too much and forgot that C was part of the course. His return to that mark allowed the rest of us to catch up with them. Conor did look to be overtaking Jamie but got stuck on the island and they battled it out for the rest of the race. Over the 40 minutes we managed 2 full laps of the course and Becci and Tony were fighting it out for first place on the way back up to E for the third time when the race finished. Tony held the lead and Becci having a last minute capsize ensured his victory. The final results were Tony, Becci, Erwin, Bill, Jamie & Helen then Conor.

This Sunday (13th) couldn’t have been any more different than the previous week with winds of 20+ mph and gusts heading towards 40! A few (well Bill and Becci) decided it was just too much for us but the cadets were keen to try their luck. Drew, Eoghan and Jamie rigged Toppers and, after changing his sail, Lyle headed out in his Oppi. Helen and Erwin decided the kids couldn’t have all the fun so they also rigged Toppers and joined in. We thought about having a race but decided this would be pushing our luck and settled on just enjoying the blast. They all had a brilliant afternoon despite several capsizes and rigging failures. It was lovely to see how confident and capable the cadets all are. Helen and Erwin definitely held their own though! Thank you to Mark W for manning the rescue boat making sailing in these conditions possible. This was Eoghan’s last session at Forfar before heading off to start University in Strathclyde so it was good for him to get such a good sail to remember us by.

Cadet regatta

Last Sunday we had our Cadet Regatta, with the restrictions in place we managed to get the youngsters rigged and ready to sail. Unfortunately, the wind was not working with us, there was not much to speak of. The first race was started but as the race officer (Simon B) noticed that the wind had dropped to a level that no-one was moving the race was postponed. 

About 10 minutes later they managed to slowly start the first race, with the course set as F, C both to starboard, then G to port for 2 laps. Some managed to get some speed and others drifted slowly towards a mark. Due to the lack of wind the race officer decided to shorten the race to one lap, most boats managed to get towards the G mark (some drifting backwards) when there was a bit of wind blowing over the Loch. Martha was still trying to get past the first mark at this point, but with the wind increasing (a bit) they managed to get around the first 2 on their way to G. A refusal for a tow back to the jetty they persevered and finished the first race.

All boats came ashore for a break and revisiting the conditions. There was some more wind, but still not anything to make boats wobble from side to side. The second race was started, this time they did manage to get 2 laps in, the 29er did an additional lap (normally they should be able to lap some of the boats, but not in the conditions we had last Sunday).

Suzy had to bail out and did not start the last race due to family engagements. Drew decided that drifting around was not for him and resigned for the last race (let me know if this is incorrect ;-))

Results over 12

  1. Lyall (3 pts)
  2. Jamie (11 pts)
  3. Suzy (12 pts)
  4. Drew (13 pts)
  5. Eoghan/Sebastian (16 pts)
  6. Felicity/Martha (19 pts)

Results under 12

  1. Kirsten/Helen (9 pts)

Here are the winners, and second place with their prizes, Congratulations!