Arran 5 Series – Race Report

DSCN9273a_1000There was a reasonable wind for the start of the penultimate race in the Arran series. Fiona Mackay in her club Topper was off first and made the most of the breeze. Katana,  being next to start, also benefited from the favourable conditions before the wind began to drop leaving the late starters struggling to make much way. As the minutes ticked by things were looking good for the early starters as the faster boats failed to close the gap. However, with ten minutes to go, the wind filled in and suddenly things weren’t looking so secure for the front of the fleet. The Topper was safe in
first place having already established a significant lead, however with just over a minute to go Katana was passed by Saorsa and only just managed to stay ahead of Gimcrack who had made up  considerable ground in the preceding few minutes.

Last Wednesday also saw the end of evening training at Toward. As is customary, this was marked by a series of races to decide the fate of the Dandelion Cup and Thistle Trophy. Designed to show how much the cadets have learned over the season, this year’s competition proved to be the closest ever. With the best four results from the series of races counting, both Lewis Oxland and Sandy Stuart finished on equal points and it was only when the ‘number of firsts” rule was applied that Lewis came out the winner. Although evening training is now finished there is still the chance to get on the water a few more times before the end of the season.

The Frostbite Series begins on Sunday 4th October and runs for four weeks. These races are preceded by a training session in the morning so there is still the chance to master a few new skills and get your hands on some silverware.

RESULTS

Arran 5
1st Topper, F. Mackay
2nd Katana (Cutlass 27), F. McLean
3rd Saorsa (Moody 336), M. Benson
Dandelion Cup (for cadets in Oppies)
1st Lewis Oxland
2nd Sandy Stuart
3rd Rory Oxland
Thistle Trophy (for cadets in Toppers/Picos)
1st Beth Wilson
Adult Learners
1st Eland Stuart
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