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The last race of the season has taken place almost a month later than previous years to allow for some late sailing. With the reduced options we have had this year, and the memory of the previous year giving us some glorious days we increased the calendar.
Unfortunately, we did not get as much sailing the last month but Sunday the22nd the weather was great and we had 6 boats on the water. Becci set the course and took care of the timing, starting with F to D, back to G and K.
The first race was a close finish with 2 lasers, 2 solo’s and a streaker rounding G almost ‘en masse’, up to K where Erwin had to bail out due to equipment failure.
The rest finished close together, with the results being Mark, Tony, Helen, Connor, Bill and then Erwin after the handicap was applied.
The second race started with only 5 boats, as Erwin was trying to fix his issues. He was able to get on the water, but with more than5 minutes to make up there was no change in getting any result. As the light was already getting less, the race was kept short. This was no problem for Helen, as she had a great start and made some solid choices that gave her a lead that none could make up. Results for the race after the handicap: Connor, Helen, Tony, Mark, Bill and Erwin
Thanks all for any help with making sure that boats are tidied up and moved into the tattie shed again, safe for the winter. if there is anyone else that is looking for a safe space to keep a boat, let us know and we will let you know if there is space and when we can access the shed.
Sailing for the rest of this year
No more sailing on the calendar for this year, but we are planning some virtual sailing again. When we have some more details we will let you all know. If you have any ideas for club activities, please let us know.
The closing regatta did see some great sailing on the loch, the results and report will follow later. Here are some photos taken on the day.
First time for Aberdeen to have all their boats on the water after the summer
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.