Crew’s Race / Round Cumbrae – Race Report

Crews Race

No wind and adriftThe Crews Race, the annual race where the crew has a go at Helm, took place last Thursday night (13 Aug 2015).

Only 2 Keel boats were brave enough to let their crew loose on the waves this time. Saorsa and Gimcrack headed out on a fine evening with light winds and sunshine. Gimcrack had the lead early on and being a smaller craft managed to hold on to the lead right through to the wind dropping completely. Saorsa failed to finish with the total lack of wind.

Meanwhile the Dinghies that went out were having similar problems. A nice breeze saw all 3 round the first 2 marks, thereafter it was a pleasant evening drift with the seal’s and porpoises for company! A nice night to be on the water, rubbish for racing! Purple Pixie finished the slow handicap race leaving Mayfly and Stacey to drift in having not finished.

Round Cumbrae

On Saturday 15 Aug 2015 the Round Cumbrae race took place with a good turnout of 5 Yachts taking part including 2 visitors from Bute, Alan Marshall with Parallel Motion and Robin Taylor with Avanti Mhor. The race was set for good weather and fine winds of F2-3 from the west. However, upon starting the race, heavy squalls came in and 30mph gusts were recorded by Alastair Lennie on Chantilly. However, the squalls soon passed and a pleasant sail was undertaken round Cumbrae Island. Saorsa and Parallel Motion came round the island first and had a good race to the finish.

Parallel Motion pipped Saorsa to the winning post in just over 3hours. Following on around 45 minutes later were Gimcrack and Avanti Mhor. Gimcrack took a line close in to shore giving her an advantage on the finishing tack to give her 3rd place over Avanti Mhor after corrected time. Chantilly had become becalmed on the other side of Cumbrae and consequently abandoned the race to a pleasant sail back to Holy Loch!

RESULTS

Round Cumbrae
1st Parallel Motion (Alan Marshall)
2nd Saorsa (Alasdair Finlay)
3rd Gimcrack (Douglas Hillhouse)
4th Avanti Mhor (Robin Taylor)

 

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