TSC Regatta 2015 – Race Report

TSC Regatta 2015It was a wild and windy weekend at Toward for the Club’s annual regatta. With the forecast for Saturday being particularly poor the decision was taken to abandon any thoughts of trying to run the first race of the weekend, while fingers were firmly crossed that Sunday would be better. Luck was in and, although it was still fairly windy, a welcome appearance by the sun tempted out a hardy bunch of sailors. With discretion being the better part of valour several competitors decided to down-size, abandoning their own boats and jumping into the club’s training boats.

DSCN4003In the race for keelboats and Flying Fifteens it was Roddy McTaggart from IOBSC that had the outstanding sail of the morning keeping pace with both Alasdair Finlay in his Moody 336, Saorsa and Ruairidh Campbell’s Voila. These three boats led the way throughout, extending their lead as the race went on. In the end the morning’s race was won by Saorsa by a fairly narrow margin over Voila.

In the dinghy class, of the seven starters only four recorded a finish. With two premature starters and one failing to finish it was Alasdair McLean in a club Topper who picked up the points with Bute’s Yasmin Price sailing a stormer to finish second in her Oppi, Wave Dancer.

Toward Sailing Club SCIO Regatta 2015Conditions changed little in the afternoon and once again the battle for the lead amongst the keelboats was between Saorsa and Voila. On this occasion the places were reversed which, when the last race rule was applied, saw the silverware go to Voila despite being on equal points with Saorsa. There was a similar situation between Simon Howard’s Serendipity and Douglas Hillhous’s Gimcrack with third place going to Serendipity.

The dingy fleet again battled the conditions with Fiona Mackay in a club Pico showing everyone how it should be done.

TSC Regatta 2015She and her crew took the lead from the start and by the end of the course had a massive lead over her nearest rival. At the end of the day it was consistency that paid off, and with a first and a second it was Alasdair McLean who claimed the silverware.

This year the Club also hosted one leg of the Skiff Travellers Series. In this event the conditions proved too much for some while being a delight for others. This class also went to countback for third place while Jonno Shelley finished first.



Inaugural Trophy for Handicap Keelboats

Position Name
1st Voila, R. Campbell TSC
2nd Saorsa, A. Finlay TSC
3rd Serendipity, S. Howard TSC

Piper Trophy for Flying Fifteens

Position Name
1st Gentle Maid, R. McTaggart IOBSC
2nd Effortless, A. Marshall, IOBSC

Royal Bar Trophy for slow handicap dinghies

Position Name
1st Topper, A. McLean TSC
2nd Cosmic Debris, K. Baird-Dean TSC
3rd Wave Dancer, Y. Price IOBSC

Skiff Class

Position Name
1st Jonno Shelley IOBSC
2nd N. Towart HLSC
3rd K. Holliday

Royal Bar Shield for the best overall performance by a senior

Position Name
1st R. McTaggart IOBSC

Gleaner Quaich for the best overall performance by a junior

Position Name
1st Y. Price IOBSC

TSC Regatta Winners 2015

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


Arran 3 Series – Race Report

Saorsa about to overtake Gimcrack.The third pursuit race in the Arran series turned into a war of attrition on Thursday night as, for a variety of reasons, dinghy after dinghy retired leaving Fiona Mackay sailing a club Topper as the only non-keel boat to finish the race. Kriss Baird-Dean in her Topper Cosmic Debris was first off and managed to stay ahead of Fiona until a close encounter with the first mark sent her swimming. As Kriss struggled to untangle her boat from the mark Fiona sailed on into the lead.

Having started a few minutes after the Toppers, Dave Baird-Dean was going well in his Comet, Stacey. So well in fact that he just kept sailing, missed the first mark, and seemed to be heading for Largs until the safety boat set off to retrieve him.

Among the later starters Saorsa was revelling in the brisk conditions while Gimcrack was, at times, looking a little overpowered. With Gimcrack starting ahead of Saorsa, it didn’t take long for the bigger boat to close the gap on its smaller rival and by the time they had returned to mark ‘S’  Saorsa had just edged ahead.

Although the Topper was still well ahead of the later starters the gap was closing as both boats gradually reeled in the little dinghy. Fiona then went on to repeat the antics of the other Topper and by the time the first rounding of the course had been completed both keel boats had managed to overtake the dinghy and this was how it remained until the end of the race.


Arran 3

1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay
2nd Gimcrack (GK24), D. Hillhouse
3rd Topper, F. Mackay