Cumbrae 5 Series – Race Report

In stark contrast to the glorious conditions of the previous week, Thursday night’s racers were greeted by little wind, heavy drizzle and poor visibility. As a result only three hardy dinghy sailors worked up the enthusiasm to actually go afloat. Fiona Mackay led the way in a club Topper while Dave Baird-Dean crept ahead of wife, Kriss. After a shortened course it was Fiona who finished first both on the water and on handicap while Kriss claimed second place after Dave took a wee detour to the wrong mark.

The annual Burnt Islands Race for keel boats took place on Saturday and it was the club’s own Ruairidh Campbell who held off Isle of Bute’s Alan Marshall to claim the silverware.

RESULTS

Cumbrae 5

1st Topper, F. Mackay
2nd Cosmic Debris (Topper), K. Baird-Dean
3rd Stacey (Comet), D. Baird-Dean

Burnt Islands Race

1st Voila, R. Campbell TSC
2nd Parallel Motion, A. Marshall IOBSC

Cumbrae 4 Series – Race Report

There were near perfect sailing conditions for the fourth race in the Cumbrae Series last Thursday evening. Both John Orr in his Contender and Alasdair Findlay in his Moody 336 got off to a good start and immediately led the way while at the other end of the fleet Katana, off her mooring for the first time in several weeks, brought up the rear.

With a steady breeze there were no changes in position as the boats sailed to their various handicaps. By the end Saorsa had extended her lead by taking the inshore tack to the Ardyne mark while John’s offshore route saw him drop back a considerable way.

As is always the way, the westerly wind dropped as the evening went on, causing the slower boats to fall further behind. In this series there is some consolation however as handicaps are adjusted after each race and those penalised by the falling breeze will be recompensed with a more generous handicap next week.

RESULTS

Cumbrae 4

1st Saorsa (Moody 336), A. Finlay
2nd Stacey (Comet), D. Baird-Dean
3rd Dr Feelgood (Contender), J. Orr

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.

 

RESULTS

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

Regatta 2015 Update

****** UPDATE on TSC(SCIO) 45th Annual Regatta 2015 ******

“As a result of an extremely bad forecast for Saturday, the decision has been taken to cancel Saturday’s race. However it is hoped to race on Sunday as planned. Entries will be accepted up until 9.00am on the Sunday morning and there will be no late entry fee.
Hope to see you there.”

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.

RESULTS

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.

RESULTS

Arran 3

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

Arran 2 / Ailsa 1 & 2 Series – Race Report

Arran 2

A sunny evening and steady wind saw the second pursuit race of the season at Toward. From 6.45pm the dinghies set off at intervals followed by the keel boats all hoping to overtake everyone in front to take the lead before the 8.30pm finish.

Kriss Baird-Dean in her Topper was first off followed 10 minutes later by hubby Dave in his Comet who made up a lot of ground on his good lady before the sheet fairies tangled his main sheet causing him to capsize. By the time he got himself upright and sailing again the Toppers were well away. Kriss led the way for the first half hour before being caught then overtaken by Fiona Mackay in the other Topper who put her local tidal knowledge to good use. By that time the other dinghies and keel boats had all started and were strung out along the course. As the later starters began to gain on the leaders the Comet decided it was time to go for another swim, unfortunately this time breaking his tiller in the process. This gave the others the opportunity to overtake him and by the time he was once again up the right way he was in last place.

With 20 minutes to go the faster boats were gaining on the front runners and it was clear that it would be a close finish. On the last leg the boats bunched together so that only the first and last positions were clear. Approaching the last mark Gimcrack and Saorsa were close together and battling for third place but Gimcrack on starboard rounded first as Saorsa on port tack had to give way. The next four boats changed positions with 30 seconds to go showing how well this personal handicap system works.

As a finale the Comet had one last capsize ensuring his last place. Thank goodness for discards! (Out of 6 races in the series only 4 count – handy for when you’re having a bad day).

Ailsa 1/2

For the first Sunday race of the season only Alasdair McLean braved the conditions to arrive at the start line for the first two races in the Ailsa series.

RESULTS

Arran 2

1st Topper, F. Mackay
2nd Gimcrack(GK24), D. Hillhouse
3rd Saorsa (Moody 33), A. Finlay

RESULTS

Ailsa 1

1st Nae Loser (Laser), A. McLean
2nd
3rd

RESULTS

Ailsa 2

1st Nae Loser (Laser), A. McLean
2nd
3rd

Power Boating

Last weekend (9-10th May) was a busy one around the club. While 30+ volunteers conducted an extensive beach clean before being rewarded with a barbeque on the Saturday, a group from Both Toward and Isle of Bute Sailing Clubs were put through their paces by Advanced Powerboat Instructor, John Small, as they worked towards their RYA Safetyboat certificate. Toward offers this service to its near neighbour at minimal cost as part of its philosophy of raising the standard of all types of boating skills on an entirely voluntary, non-profit  making basis.

Saturday morning began with the theory of power boat driving before the candidates headed out to put this theory  into practice. Conditions were ideal – fairly flat water and plenty of sunshine – just like the images in the RYA training videos!  By the end of day 1 both skill and confidence had increased substantially.

Sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning summer changed back into winter. Sunday dawned gray and blustery – nothing at all like the RYA training videos! Some of the exercises of the previous day were repeated illustrating how different conditions can make a seemingly simple  task much more challenging. In the afternoon the candidates were given the chance to put their newly acquired rescue skills into practice as the only sailor who had turned up for racing volunteered (some would say was press ganged) to join them as “the casualty”. With the wind continuing to increase this gave them the chance to experience the reality of providing safety cover -nothing like the RYA training Videos!  Pleased to say they were successful!