Conditions couldn’t have been better for the 46th annual regatta at Toward sailing Club on the weekend of 4/5th June 2016.
Although Saturday began a little overcast the brisk easterly wind soon blew away the clouds leaving perfect sailing conditions for the 20+ boats. With handicaps ranging from the Contender with a PY of 847 to Oppies at the other end of the speed spectrum, the dinghies were split into three different classes with courses of varying lengths. Unusually all classes managed to complete their full course on the Saturday giving everyone plenty of sailing time. There was also a separate class for keelboats who sail under the CYCA handicapping scheme and they too managed a good long race. A couple of boats seemed to be enjoying it so much that they even put in an extra mark of the course just to make their race a little longer. Unfortunately this had a rather drastic effect on their results pushing them well down the leaderboard after the first race.
Sunday dawned sunny and warm, and for the morning at least the wind held, although it was a little lighter than the previous day. Everyone set off well with the ISOs in particular flying past Rothesay Bay. Unfortunately there was a large hole in the wind off the Ardyne mark, frustrating the Condender who could only sit and watch his lead vanish as first the ISOs then the Flying Fifteens caught up. The situation was much the same for the keelboats as Saorsa arrived first at the mark and sat there while the others joined them. By the time both classes managed to creep round the mark and head for a shortened finish the advantage had moved away from the faster boats in each class.
An excellent lunch followed and by the time the afternoon race started the wind was almost gone. Just enough remained for all classes to sail a considerable shortened course allowing the full series of three races to be completed.
In the keelboat class two firsts and a forth were enough to give the silverware to Guillimot helmed by Mark Lines, while in the fast dinghy class two firsts and a second gave Neil Towart a one point lead over his brothers to claim victory.
In the slow handicap class Fiona Mackay in a club Topper recorded three firsts to see off the opposition while in the Oppie class Sandy Stuart recorded a similar result over a course far bigger than any of the Oppie sailors had ever sailed before.
The weekend concluded with the traditional spread of home baking heartily welcomed by competitors and spectators alike.
|Class 1 Inaugural Trophy|
|1st Guillimot (Pioneer 10), M. Lines, TSC|
|2nd Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay, TSC|
|3rd Banshee (Oyster 26), R. Campbell, TSC|
|Class 2 Robert Brown Memorial Trophy|
|1st Stubbourn Tart (ISO), N. Towart, HLSC|
|2nd The Naked Lady (ISO), E. Towart, HLSC|
|3rd Knotty Buoy, (ISO), R. Towart, HLSC|
|Flying Fifteens Piper Trophy|
|Gentle Maid, R. McTaggart, IoBSC|
|Class 3 Royal Bar Trophy|
|1st Topper, F. Mackay, TSC|
|2nd Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean, TSC|
|3rd Pink Lady (Pico), Y. Price, IoBSC|
|Class 4 (Optimists)|
|1st S. Stuart, TSC|
|2nd A. Stewart, TSC|
|3rd O. McGillivary, TSC|
|Royal Bar Shield for best overall performance (Adult)|
|Fiona Mackay, TSC|
|Gleaner Quaich for best overall performance (Junior)|
|Sandy Stuart, TSC|