Last Saturday saw a return to sailing on Forfar loch, by Tony Walker and myself in a safe and socially distant manner. The conditions were almost ideal, it being both sunny and adequately windy. With the southerly wind blowing directly on to the pontoons it did necessitate a beach launch from the north side of the inch. The two that boats ventured out were my own Mirror and the newest addition to the club’s fleet, a Mirror called Snout.
Snout was donated to the club by Irene Bruce, a former member of the RTYC. We were a bit sceptical about the boat as when Mirrors are given away it’s usually for a good reason. However, this one turned out to be in excellent condition. The boat had been built by Irene’s father, and as she had now retired from sailing, she didn’t want to see the boat rot away in her garage. Snout is currently getting a few improvements, mostly to the running rigging, and will be available to all club members. Perhaps there may be some challenges for the Mirror Trophy.
I hope that you are well. I am sure that like me, you were all eager to hear what, if any, changes would be announced at the end of last week. Unfortunately, whilst England are taking the first steps in lifting restrictions, here in Scotland there has been no change.
As we wait for further announcements, we are continuing to monitor government advice and guidance from RYA Scotland. We are putting together a plan to restart sailing activity in a considerate and conservative way so that we are ready to return to sailing when it is permitted. Our primary consideration will be the health and safety of our members.
Meanwhile, we continue to do what we can and a number of you have been joining in with our virtual racing series. This has proved to be a pleasant distraction once a week, although I suspect that this lockdown will have to continue for some while yet before I consider that I have got the hang of it! Fortunately, some of our members have taken to it rather well and the radio sailors have demonstrated their skills very ably. My thanks to Erwin and Becci Oosterhoorn for setting up and running the sessions each week and also to Tony Walker, who has graciously kept me from finishing last! Plans to host an online quiz are also progressing and we hope to run that soon.
As you will understand, maintenance work at the Clubhouse has been unable to progress over recent weeks. However, with the dry weather that we have had over the last couple of months, the loch is at a very low level and it is an ideal time to carry out some necessary repairs to the pontoons. We have therefore ordered the required materials and plan to carry this work out in a few weeks’ time.
As the restrictions continue, we are all missing our usual activities and look forward to a return to sailing in some form in the near future. Meanwhile, we would love to hear your lockdown news, boat-related or otherwise, or any suggestions for online activities or training.
Just to inform you that AUSC has made the difficult decision to cancel/postpone their event next weekend due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Thank you to everyone involved in the preparation and all your offers of help, soup and bakes for the event.
AUSC Commodore, James Chapman, wanted to pass on his thanks from their whole club and the would-be-competitors, for our efforts in preparing to help us host the national championships, everyone was looking forward to the cooking that is remembered very well from the previous event.
Meanwhile, the Committee will continue to monitor the latest government advice and will let you know any further changes or plans relating to club events over the coming weeks due to the coronavirus.
All the best,
Last Tuesday we had a Topper, Solo, Firefly and a Laser on the water. Conor arrived a bit later and decided to ‘just have a sail’. We started on a course E, D, C, F and A where F was to port, all other to starboard. Tony Cook was going well and passing Nick until he had a problem with the main sheet. He manoeuvred into the reeds to re-thread the sheet and found that he had got himself stuck. A bit of arm rowing got him free to pursue the rest of the fleet. Just at the sound of the clock, he managed to get past Erwin before E while Dave was still in front of Nick going between D and C. Not a lot of distance between the 4 boats, and a quick tidy up before the rain started to sputter.
Remember, racing is starting at 6:30. If you want to take part, be ready to launch at 6:25.
Wind direction: NE, force 1-2 Boats on the water: 2 Solos, 1 Laser, 1 Streaker, 1 Mirror and a Topper
With hardly any wind the start was slow, Conor was away first in the mirror, Erwin followed in a topper. A few minutes later, when they were still on their way to Z, the solos followed (slowly), streaker and last the laser. Slowly floating towards Z, rounding this and on the way to D, Conor and Erwin almost managed to round D before any other boat overtook them. Conor got lost in the weeds towards the shore, and Erwin had to let Nick, both Tony C and W pass him, not long after followed by Bill. Conor tried the path over the island as he was moving and didn’t want to stop, all boats going towards Z again got as far as past the clubhouse except for Erwin and Conor. In the 50 minutes, no-one made it past Z again (as far as I could see from my position). Hoping for more wind next time, we went on shore and were caught by the rain that managed to drench all of us. Following races will start at 18:30 due to the darker evenings.
(edited to update Conor’s name, had Collin. Apologies)
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?