Cumbrae Series / Round Cumbrae Race Report

The final race in the Cumbrae series on Thursday night turned out to be a complete non-starter as the total absence of wind caused the race officer to cancel the race. Even the most optimistic competitor had to concede that this was definitely the right decision. With the series now concluded and the points totalled, the first series trophy of 2016 goes to Alasdair Finlay’s Saorsa.

Saturday’s conditions proved to be much more agreeable with a light breeze and sunshine giving a gentle start to the keelboats in the Round Cumbrae Race. For the first time this race had two start times in an attempt to bring the boats closer together at the finish. This appeared to work well as less than 20 minutes separated the first and last boats to cross the finish line. Once the handicaps were applied it was Gimcrack who, despite being the final finisher, came out well ahead. Only 80 seconds separated the second and third placed boats which, in a race lasting over 5 hours, is remarkable close.

While the big boats were away there was still racing at the club for the dinghies. The cadets took advantage of the benign conditions to take their Oppies around the buoys. On this occasion it was Ellie who triumphed ahead of Oscar.

RESULTS

Round Cumbrae Race

1st Gimcrack (GK24), D. Hillhouse, TSC

2nd Katana (Cutlass 27), A. Mulholland, TSC

3rd Parallel Motion, A. Marshall, IoBSC

Cumbrae 5 – Race Report 2016

Right from the start, the penultimate race in the Cumbrae series was a bit of a drift. Twenty minutes after the starting gun only Saorsa and Gimcrack were heading in the right direction. Katana was drifting back from the line and towards the rocks forcing use of the engine and immediate retiral.

Meanwhile the dinghies, having crossed the line earlier, were recrossing it for a second or, in some cases, a third time. Once free from the magnetic attraction of the start mark the remaining two keelboats managed to catch just enough air to creep slowly around the course. These two boats finally finishing the substantially shortened course just as the tenacious dinghies eventually got going. In what was becoming a test of endurance for the race officer as well as the sailors the remaining boats finally made it to the finish, taking just under two hours to get round two marks.

Cumbrae 5
Fast Handicap
1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay
2nd Gimcrack (GK 24), D. Hillhouse
3rd 29er, F. Mackay
Slow Handicap
1st Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean
2nd Stacey (Comet), D. Baird-Dean

 

Race Report – Cumbrae 1, Ailsa 3, Ailsa 4

Cumbrae 1 start It’s well known that any class of boat is welcome to race at Toward and this was well illustrated on Thursday night when 7 different classes took to the start line. An almost perfect start from Saorsa in the first race of the Cumbrae series saw the Moody 336 lead the fleet at the first mark almost a minute ahead of Fiona Mackay in her 29er. She was closely followed by the Laser, Nae Loser, then Banshee who squeezed inside Gimcrack as they rounded the mark.

The second leg allowed the 29er and Banshee to give their kites an airing. Despite the extra sail area Gimcrack passed Banshee and Saorsa held her lead. A broken tiller extension on the Laser forced an early retiral while an unrecoverable capsize by Kriss Baird-Dean in Purple Pixie saw the dinghy fleet reduced to two.

RIMG0010_800Saorsa proved to be untouchable and continued to extend her lead throughout the race eventually finishing four minutes ahead of her nearest rivals. Once the handicaps had been applied Saorsa was still the clear winner. Amongst the slow handicap boats the war of attrition left Ruairidh Pringle in a club Topper as the only survivor and therefore the winner.

Sunday morning dawned sunny and fairly warm with a pleasant easterly wind – perfect for the cadets. After last week’s stoorie conditions this was much more conducive to getting back to grips with the basics of boat handling. After 45 minutes afloat the cadets headed in for lunch. During this short break the wind shifted 180o and increased considerably in strength. By the time racing was due to start it was only the adults who took to the water. In a close fought first race it was Ruairidh Pringle who came out ahead while revenge was sweet for Eland Stuart who took the second one.

Results

Cumbrae 1

Fast Handicap

1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay

2nd Gimcrack (GK24), D. Hillhouse

3rd Banshee (Oyster 26), R. Campbell

Slow Handicap

1st Topper, R. Pringle

Ailsa 3

1st Topper, R. Pringle

2nd Pico, E. Stuart

Ailsa 4

1st Pico, E. Stuart

2 nd Topper, R. Pringle

Arran 2 / First Cruise Weekend

Arran 2

Freezing conditions and horizontal sleet on Thursday night at Toward was enough to put off even the most enthusiastic sailor. As a result, the safety boat crew were spared a chilly few hours afloat as no racing took place.

First Cruise

The first cruising event of the year started the season off with a bang! Sunshine, good breeze, great food and lots of laughs! Two keelboats decided to brave the elements. Saorsa and Banshee headed off on Saturday morning in sunny but extremely cold conditions.

“We headed South when we left the mooring on Saturday morning for a sail round Bute. It was a fast reach down to an anchorage for a lunchtime stop over. We then rounded the South tip of Bute to find the Clyde Cruising Club racing boats bearing down on us with their spinnakers up! That is way too much effort: we are cruising after all!
With a steady breeze we made it to Tighnabruaich in good time and then carried on at a gentle pace to wreck bay. Where we stayed overnight. The Saturday night social evening produced the usual impressive TSC party, as it went on well into Sunday morning!”

“Sunday started slowly, we cruised down the East Kyle and stopped over in Port Bannatyne for a late lunch. A big thank you to everyone who made it such a fantastic weekend!

The next cruise is on 11 & 12 June and is a cruise, kayak and camp. Give me a shout if you plan on bringing your boat or would like a berth or if you plan on paddling!”

Ruairidh Campbell.

Arran 1 Race Report

With the first pursuit race of the season getting under way in almost no wind it looked like it was going to be a long slow drift for the early starters. First off was Kriss Baird-Dean in her Topper, Purple Pixie pursued some minutes later by husband, Dave in his Comet, Stacey. Those who had checked the forecast were not surprised when the wind began to fill in and by the time Banshee, helmed by her new owner Ruairidh Campbell, and Saorsa crossed the start line some considerable time later a stiff breeze had filled in from the east. Purple Pixie did a sterling job at holding her lead before, on the seventh leg of the course, Stacey eventually managed to pass. As the wind continued to increase the advantage passed back to the Topper, and as Dave took the first swim of the season Kriss regained her lead. It was not long however before the keelboats made the most of the freshening conditions to catch then overtake all of the dinghies. Despite being short handed Saorsa went on to pull away from Banshee until a moment of brain freeze saw Saorsa heading to her mooring at the end of the written course. This allowed the two leading dinghies to retake the lead before the realisation dawned that in this race format the course is repeated until the predetermined finish time of 8.30pm. Despite their little detour Saorsa remained ahead of Banshee and soon managed to catch the dinghies once again. With gusts now reaching 30mph, what had begun as a gentle sail in the evening sunshine had now turned into a bit of a physical workout. When the lights signalling the end of the race finally came on, it was a welcome sight for the dinghies who had done well to keep going in the increasingly trying conditions.

RESULTS

Arran 1

1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay

2nd Banshee (Oyster 26), R. Campbell

3rd Purple Pixie (Topper), K. Baird-Dean

TSC Annual Prizegiving – 2015

TSC Prizegiving 2015The final event of the year at Toward Sailing Club took place in the clubhouse on Saturday 14th November as members and friends gathered to celebrate the sailing and kayaking successes of the season.

The evening began with a delicious meal provided by the members before retiring Commodore, Alasdair Finlay, presented the various trophies and prizes.

With the formalities over, the baton was passed to Alison Currie who then occupied the junior members, and entertained everyone else, with a variety of games.

With winter well and truly upon us, the next event at the Club is not until 2016 when, on January 2nd, members are invited to an informal get-together in the clubhouse. Until then all that remains is winter maintenance and dreaming of the season to come.

2015 RESULTS

Ailsa Series
Nae Loser, A. McLean
Arran Series
1st Topper, F. Mackay
2nd Saorsa, A. Finlay
3rd Gimcrack, D. Hillhouse
Bute Series
(Fast Handicap), 1st Saorsa, A. Finlay
(Fast Handicap), 2nd Mayfly, J. Oliver
(Fast Handicap), 3rd Stacey, D. Baird-Dean
(Slow Handicap), Purple Pixie, K. Baird-Dean
Optimist Class, S. Stuart
Cumbrae Series
(Fast Handicap), 1st Stacey, D. Baird-Dean
(Fast Handicap), 2nd Saorsa, A. Finlay
(Fast Handicap), 3rd Dr Feelgood, J. Orr
(Slow Handicap), 1st Cosmic Debris, K. Baird-Dean
(Slow Handicap), 2nd Topper, F. Mackay
(Slow Handicap), 3rd Topper, A. Kerr
Frostbite Series
1st Dr Feelgood, J. Orr
2nd Mayfly, J. Oliver
3rd Topper, A. Gibson
(Optimist Class), 1st E. Judd
(Optimist Class), 2nd O. Macgillivray
(Optimist Class), 3rd S. Stuart
Starter Trophy
Nae Loser, A. McLean
Burnt Islands Race
Voila, R. Campbell
Round Cumbrae Race
Parallel Motion, A Marshall
Crew’s Race
Gimcrack, J. Procter
Thistle Trophy (for Cadets learning in Toppers/Picos)
B. Wilson
Dandelion Cup (for Cadets learning in Oppies)
L. Oxland
Adult Learners
E. Stuart
Mary’s Quaich for Cadet Seamanship
S. Stuart
Munroe Quaich for the Outstanding Cadet
O. Jones
Alison Currie Trophy for Best Attitude
L. Oxland
Waddell Trophy for Sailing Effort
K. Baird-Dean
Robertson Trophy for most Outstanding Member
M. Benson
Robertson Half Model for ‘Something Special’
P. Keetley (In 2015 for being instrumental in setting up the Kayak Section of the Club)
Training Awards
RYA Junior Dinghy Scheme, Stage 1 : Oliver Jones, Oscar Macgillivray, Ellie Judd, Georgia Young, Rory Oxland, Lewis Oxland
RYA Junior Dinghy Scheme, Stage 2 : Alan Stewart, Sandy Stuart
Start Racing : Connor Wilson
RYA National Sailing Scheme, Level 2 (Basic Skills) : Eland Stuart
RYA National Sailing Scheme, Start Racing : Eland Stuart
Power boating Level 2 and Safety Boat : Kriss Baird-Dean
Dinghy Instructor : Fiona Mackay
Competent Crew : Craig Mackay
Kayaking Awards
Most Improved Adult : Karen Macintosh
Most Improved Junior : Sandy Stuart
Best Club Support : Alan Forsyth
Best Endeavour : Nigel Carr