Building a skiff…

— Skiff at Dundee

Hi All
The Skiff kit arrived at the boat shed this morning on the roof rack of a Beemer!
Tony and Ian unpacked the two boxes and found that all the parts had been cut from the sheets and also numbered, this will save quite a bit of work.
The Christmas lights will be moved out of the shed on Tues, Wed, Thurs next week so we will have to leave access for their removal and the removal of the support frames.

All the cut-out boat parts will need their edges sandpapering to remove the laser dross.

— Ian

Work party update

Thanks for a great turnout yesterday.. a pile of jobs completed:- Skirting board by Dennis. Garage barge boards and third coat! on the gable end by Bill. Starting Horn by Erwin. Outside windows Mark and Seb. Race box first coat by The Scarlet team, scrapyard clearance, trailer sort and half the starting pole base by Seb Half inside window priming by the rest of the team … and that was after RYA poached 12 man-hours by moving their meeting into the start of our afternoon session. 

So we are left with….Undercoat half and gloss all of the inside window frames, Second coat emulsion the race box. finish the Start pole base… it’s in the ladies changing room. Clean and Underseal the Gutters to prevent leaks. And I’ll have to reattach the starting triangle that was removed by a wind opened window!
 The materials are all on sites they can be done at any time.
 If anyone would like to take them.. any of them please let me know and I’ll fill you in with details. 

Thanks for great support, Tony Walker

Saturday 6th November

Work party

This Saturday we are having our work party. If you have some time and can come along to give us a hand, see you at the clubhouse (from around 10:00).
There are always ‘other’ jobs to be done, even if they are not on the maintenance list. If you have ideas to improve the club and can help out to get those ideas into reality, contact us to discuss those.

Endurance race 2021

Forfar Sailing Club – Sunday 5 September

After last week’s successful cadet ‘fun’ regatta with many of the children participating and filling the loch with screams of laughter, last Sunday the Sailing club held their annual endurance race.
The race has not been held for the last year due to Covid and this year was also restricted compared to previous years. This year’s race, as previous, was sailed in groups taking part. There were 3 types of boats on the water, a Wanderer, a Solo and a Laser. The Wanderer was sailed by a team of three, swapping one in and out of the 2-man boat, as was the Laser team although this boat is sailed solo. The Solo was manned by a team of 2.

The wind was not more than a breeze at the start, coming from the West. The course was set to go to the end of the Loch (E, D) over the island to the other side and back down towards town. There, about halfway after the clubhouse spot, the third mark was to be rounded (Z). From here it was back and do the same again. The start was at 13:30, for a 3-hour race. The Wanderer had a great start, followed by the Laser, with the Solo on the opposite side of the water. The Wanderer was the first to round the top mark, flying to the other side and back down before the Laser made it past the mark, later followed by the Solo.

With the wind changing from a decent breeze to hardly any at all, on different places on the Loch, this meant that the Laser and Solo managed to make up time and starting to get closer to the Wanderer. (Due to the handicap system, the Wanderer could ‘lose’ up to almost 6 minutes before they were overtaken by the Laser and Solo. Again, the Solo needs to be almost a minute in front of the Laser to win.)

With the first swap over, the Laser looked to have trouble getting back up to speed, the Solo and Wanderer were all getting closer. The Solo managed to pass the Laser and closed the gap on the Wanderer who was swapping position on the down leg. A quick swap for the Solo team and back in pursuit.

During the next hour, the Solo managed to maintain his first position on the water, not sure what the handicap would give them, and pass the Wanderer. The Laser was also able to overtake the Wanderer but could not make back enough time to get close to the Solo.

After almost 3 hours of sailing the Solo managed to get over the finish line, followed by the Laser and Wanderer. After the calculations where the handicaps were applied this year winners were known. Not much of a surprise, as it was clear from the difference in finishing times, the Solo team are the 2021 winners of the Endurance race.

Team members:
Wanderer: Bill, Conor and Kirsty
Laser: Helen, Jamie and Becci
Solo: Dave and Erwin

Erwin and David holding the trophy (a board with a barometer surrounded with a boat steering wheel 'helm')
David and Erwin after the race as the new endurance race winners.
Race report

Tuesday series 3

Tuesday 3:4 was sailed as a 40 Min Pursuit race, ZFC all on port, in a generally Easterly light 1-2

With the start line significantly misaligned with A mark. Becci in her laser radial was due to start 10 seconds ahead of the solos but using A mark was well down on the line so one solo headed for the line ahead of the laser causing confusion – the second gun @10 sec was assumed by the second solo to be a recall which created an unsatisfactory start. Eventually, Tony, Becci, Erwin, Bill, and Dennis who appeared to be well handicapped on start time came through to eventually take all but Becci on the run to F.

After Tony hit Z in a still mark in a drifting moment and did his turn Becci regained first later in the run but Dennis made good on the beat. Tony almost caught Becci and had to duck on Port within the last 30 sec. Bill enjoyed the sail, however, Erwin did not recover from the starting confusion.
A lovely summer evening, but not for consistent sailing!