News from 25 April (Race Report Arran 1 & Starter Trophy, Cruising update and Open Day)

Thursday 25 April saw the start of the 2019 sailing season at Toward Sailing Club, the first race in the Arran series. This series comprises 6 pursuit races, and first off on Thursday night was Macy in a club Oppi. As the slowest boat in the fleet Macy set off at 7 o’clock before the rest of the boats tried, in turn, to chase her down. With the squally conditions at the start dying as the evening went on Macy held her lead until, 20 minutes before the finish, Katana finally managed to catch and pass her to take over the lead. Behind them came Tiff in its first race at Toward, who in turn was being pursued by Voila, Banshee and finally Saorsa. With less than two minutes to go Saorsa passed Katana to finish in first place winning, not only the race but also the Starter Trophy.

The pace was more leisurely the next evening as five keelboats from the club headed off for the Start of Season Cruise. It was a short hop across to Port Bannatyne on the Friday night before heading to Millport on Saturday. Arriving early to avoid the forecasted high winds everyone was safely attached to the visitors’ moorings before conditions deteriorated. By Sunday morning the weather was bright and sunny, and almost warm. Taking advantage of this, several members headed round the island on scooters stopping for ice cream on the way. By mid afternoon everyone was heading for home having had a thoroughly good weekend.

Members were looking forward to the next weekend which promised to be a busy one with the club holding its open day on Saturday 4th May. Weather permitting, this is an opportunity each year for members of the public to have a go at sailing, kayaking or powerboating as well as enjoying shore based refreshments from several local businesses.

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