Cumbrae 1 Series – Race Report

There was a good breeze for the first race in the Cumbrae series and, for the first time in a long while, dinghies outnumbered keelboats on the start line. With a minute to go Fiona Mackay had parked her club Topper firmly on the start line and as the lights went out she got off to a flying start with Dave Baird-Dean’s Comet close behind. Despite having given away many metres at the start it wasn’t long before Saorsa with Alasdair Finlay on the helm and John Orr in his Contender overhauled the rest of the fleet to take the lead.

Close together, John led the way until a capsize just before the second mark handed the lead to Saorsa. By this time the remainder of the fleet had stretched out according to handicap and the only change there throughout the race was Fiona’s Topper getting ahead of the Comet. Meanwhile, back at the front, Saorsa was doing a good job of staying ahead of the Contender until, two legs later, John finally managed to regain the lead. Unfortunately a second capsize just before the Ardyne mark again reversed the positions and this was how it remained until the end of the race.

Once ashore, and with the handicaps applied, it was all change. Saorsa just managed to hang on to their win while Kriss Baird-Dean who had been 6th on the water found herself in second place a mere 40 seconds behind.


Cumbrae 1

1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay
2nd Cosmic Debris (Topper), K. Baird-Dean
3rd Dr Feelgood (Contender), J. Orr


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