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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.

Sunday race report

Consistent wind conditions for four windward-leeward races to D (starboard) and back through A/Z. Each race lasted approximately 20 minutes and a small crowd (see picture) gathered for the exciting races. The wind direction was mostly from the west and the eight sailors enjoyed their three/four races (worst race result to be discounted). The thermometer suggested that the temperature was 25C, but with the wind and dark clouds (see additional picture) it felt much colder on the shore.

Eight sailors were in a variety of dinghies, which meant there were class-specific and PY competitive interests. The first three of the races saw the Lasers (Seb then Becci) and Solo (Erwin) finish closely together with a gap of the remaining two Toppers (Drew then Mark K), Feva (Helen and Jamie), and Oppi (Lyall). The first race saw Mark K have a Topper bailer issue and need to come ashore for a quick repair. Race three saw Helen and Jamie improve the use of their spinnaker and improve their finishing time compared to the earlier races. The fourth race saw Becci flying over the finishing line with a very convincing sail despite having a moderate start. The ominous Oppi was at the rear of all the races, but it stayed very close to the second group of sailors.

The race officer box was temporarily relocated to just outside the garage and a car’s horn (expertly pressed by Susan) was used to get racing started. There were no false starts and the standard of everyone’s starts was excellent. There were some interesting laylines taken during the races and it was noted that sailing by the lee did give Mark K an advantage over Drew downwind.

Results:

race 1

  1. Lyall W
  2. Drew W
  3. Sebastian K
  4. Becci O
  5. Jamie B
  6. Erwin O
  7. Mark K (DNF)

race 2

  1. Lyall W
  2. Drew W
  3. Mark K
  4. Jamie B
  5. Sebastian K
  6. Becci O
  7. Erwin O

race 3

  1. Lyall W
  2. Sebastian K
  3. Becci O
  4. Drew W
  5. Erwin O
  6. Jamie B
  7. Mark K

race 4

  1. Becci O
  2. Lyall W
  3. Erwin O
  4. Drew W
  5. Sebastian K
  6. Mark K
  7. Jamie (DNS)

Discarding the worst result:
Lyall        3
Drew       8
Becci       8
Sebastian 10
Erwin        14
Jamie       15
 Mark        16

Windward leeward race report

Consistent wind conditions for four windward-leeward races to D (starboard) and back through A/Z. Each race lasted approximately 20 minutes and a small crowd (see picture) gathered for the exciting races. The wind direction was mostly from the west and the eight sailors enjoyed their three/four races (worst race result to be discounted). The thermometer suggested that the temperature was 25C, but with the wind and dark clouds (see additional picture) it felt much colder on the shore.

Eight sailors were in a variety of dinghies, which meant there were class-specific and PY competitive interests. The first three of the races saw the Lasers (Seb then Becci) and Solo (Erwin) finish closely together with a gap of the remaining two Toppers (Drew then Mark K), Feva (Helen and Jamie), and Oppi (Lyall). The first race saw Mark K have a Topper bailer issue and need to come ashore for a quick repair. Race three saw Helen and Jamie improve the use of their spinnaker and improve their finishing time compared to the earlier races. The fourth race saw Becci flying over the finishing line with a very convincing sail despite having a moderate start. The ominous Oppi was at the rear of all the races, but it stayed very close to the second group of sailors.

The race officer box was temporarily relocated to just outside the garage and a car’s horn (expertly pressed by Susan) was used to get racing started. There were no false starts and the standard of everyone’s starts was excellent. There were some interesting laylines taken during the races and it was noted that sailing by the lee did give Mark K an advantage over Drew downwind.

(Race report by Mark Webster. Race results will follow when they are calculated)

Race report Sunday 09/06

Time: 14:00:00
OOD: Dennis Burgin
Wind direction and speed:West, 15-18
Handicap race, course: E – starboard,D – starboard,C – starboard,G – port,K -port,A – port

Sunday was a bright and breezy day, ideal for a day on the Loch. Four boats took to the water: Malcolm Heron in his Lazer, David Smith in his Firefly, Sebastian Kimber with crew Martha Treffrey in a Feva and Jonathan Treffrey in Topper.
At the start, Malcolm was first to cross the line followed closely by David. Sebastian was a few seconds behind with Jonathan eventually crossing the line to join the race. The boats proceeded around the course in that order with no changes of position and with increasing distance between each one despite the attempts of some crews to give others an advantage. Sebastian and Martha used the gennaker at every opportunity and in their enthusiasm, they overshot D mark and had to go back, David got tangled up at K and Jonathan mistook the G mark for Z and sailed off in the wrong direction. Malcolm sailed flawlessly to a convincing win. Malcolm and David completed 3 laps with the other two boats finishing 2.

Results:
1st Malcolm Heron
2nd David Smith
3rd Sebastian Kimber / Martha Treffrey
4th Jonathan Treffrey

Time: 15:20:00
Handicap race, course: E – starboard,D – starboard,C – starboard,G – port,K -port

The second race was very similar to the first but with everyone making a much better start. There were fewer mistakes being made, the first race practice paying off. Jonathan sailed the correct course and the Feva crew seemed to have better sail control. The wind reduced for the second half of the race making it impossible for David to reduce Malcolm’s lead and the results were the same as the first race but with the fleet staying a little closer together.

1st Malcolm Heron
2nd David Smith
3rd Sebastian Kimber / Martha Treffrey
4th Jonathan Treffrey

Tuesday race report

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?