Arran 2 / Ailsa 1 & 2 Series – Race Report

Arran 2

A sunny evening and steady wind saw the second pursuit race of the season at Toward. From 6.45pm the dinghies set off at intervals followed by the keel boats all hoping to overtake everyone in front to take the lead before the 8.30pm finish.

Kriss Baird-Dean in her Topper was first off followed 10 minutes later by hubby Dave in his Comet who made up a lot of ground on his good lady before the sheet fairies tangled his main sheet causing him to capsize. By the time he got himself upright and sailing again the Toppers were well away. Kriss led the way for the first half hour before being caught then overtaken by Fiona Mackay in the other Topper who put her local tidal knowledge to good use. By that time the other dinghies and keel boats had all started and were strung out along the course. As the later starters began to gain on the leaders the Comet decided it was time to go for another swim, unfortunately this time breaking his tiller in the process. This gave the others the opportunity to overtake him and by the time he was once again up the right way he was in last place.

With 20 minutes to go the faster boats were gaining on the front runners and it was clear that it would be a close finish. On the last leg the boats bunched together so that only the first and last positions were clear. Approaching the last mark Gimcrack and Saorsa were close together and battling for third place but Gimcrack on starboard rounded first as Saorsa on port tack had to give way. The next four boats changed positions with 30 seconds to go showing how well this personal handicap system works.

As a finale the Comet had one last capsize ensuring his last place. Thank goodness for discards! (Out of 6 races in the series only 4 count – handy for when you’re having a bad day).

Ailsa 1/2

For the first Sunday race of the season only Alasdair McLean braved the conditions to arrive at the start line for the first two races in the Ailsa series.

RESULTS

Arran 2

1st Topper, F. Mackay
2nd Gimcrack(GK24), D. Hillhouse
3rd Saorsa (Moody 33), A. Finlay

RESULTS

Ailsa 1

1st Nae Loser (Laser), A. McLean
2nd
3rd

RESULTS

Ailsa 2

1st Nae Loser (Laser), A. McLean
2nd
3rd
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