Please select your home edition
Official-Collection-Red 728x90 TOP

Scarborough Yacht Club Autumn Series - Race 4

by Chris Clark 12 Nov 2019 14:58 PST 10 November 2019
Fred Ingham, Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall racing at Scarborough © SYC

The race, a phased Class Start, started at 13:00pm with fourteen yachts competing in a heavy swell, and a light and unpredictable Easterly wind.

As the 10 to 11.5 knot wind fell to zero shortly after the start, vessels barely moved. The heavy North East swell and low temperatures took their toll on competitors' enthusiasm, some crews were reporting queasiness from the motion, and the radio calls to the Race Station became a stream of, "We're retiring."

Attempting an early leg to the Wheatcroft buoy, all participants experienced miniscule progress, and the Race Station team were of the view there would still be yachts at sea when the official race period finished at 4:30pm.

But no. The Jon Livesay-owned Team Vision continued doggedly on in the gathering gloom, with sails flapping, an oscillating boom, and a spinnaker that rarely filled. Crewed by Scarborough Yacht Club's dream team Sarah Livesay, Fred Ingham, former sailmaker Tony Saltonstall, Bob Smales, and Harry Pickering on bow, Gerard Dyson (National Squib Champion) on helm, true sporting skill was truly on show. (Owner Jon Livesay was on duty at the race out at the Race Station.)

And then came the result. With Gerard commenting, "with 5 minutes of race time left! Phew!" Vision scored a first, with thirteen yachts having pulled out.

Well done to the crew for a race result that will be talked about for months to come!


IRC - 1st. Vision, SJ320

Related Articles

Scarborough Yacht Club Winter Series race 4
Thrills, a spill, and a heroic effort After two earlier cancellations Scarborough Yacht Club's Race No. 4, a phased Clas Start, took place on Sunday in perfect but gusty racing conditions underneath a dramatic sky that promised sun, squalls, and hailstones in equal measure. Posted on 10 Mar
Scarborough Yacht Club Winter Series race 1
21 yachts with 79 sailors compete in first Series race of 2020 The first race of the Yacht Club's 2020 Winter racing season saw a good turnout of 21 yachts with no less than 79 sailors participating. Scarborough is one of the few clubs in the U.K. to race throughout winter. Posted on 27 Jan
707 opportunity for Leeds University students
Scarborough YC and 707 Association support uni sailors Scarborough Yacht Club and the Hunter 707 Sailing Association have given students from Leeds University Sailing Club a fantastic opportunity to sail in the SYC winter series in an exciting 707 keelboat. Posted on 23 Jan
Scarborough Yacht Club New Year's Race 2020
21 well-crewed yachts take to the water for the first race of the year With Christmas and New Year fading, 21 well crewed yachts crossed the line in the first race of the year at 11:00am on 5th January. Posted on 8 Jan
Scarborough YC Autumn Series race 7
A most satisfying race after prior cancellations A most satisfying race after prior cancellations and a big Race Series win for Vision. Posted on 27 Dec 2019
Scarborough YC Autumn Series race 5
Another wind-challenged race wins race rewards for wind-hunting crews Another wind-challenged race wins race rewards for wind-hunting crews. Posted on 27 Nov 2019
Scarborough YC Autumn Series race 3
Well-attended race between The Lighthouse, Scalby and back Sun and bright blue skies, good winds and frequent gusts made for a memorable and well-attended race between The Lighthouse, Scalby, and back via Scarborough South Bay. Posted on 29 Oct 2019
Scarborough YC Autumn Series race 2
A Grand Day Out wins a well-attended race Despite continuous rain and grey clouds there was a good turnout for this Sunday's race, with crews well wrapped up and moving carefully on yacht surfaces in slippery conditions. Posted on 15 Oct 2019
A Scarborough sailor's route into sailing
Susan is a Maths teacher who always enjoyed spending time by the sea Susan Griffiths hails from Kingswinford, near Dudley, in the Midlands and moved to Scarborough in 1991. With no real connection with the sea growing up, Susan always enjoyed spending time by the sea. Posted on 12 Oct 2019
66th Nine Gallon Barrel Race at Scarborough
Won by Bee Sharp, a Sonata In 1953, Russell's Brewery agreed to sponsored this race annually by donating a nine gallon beer keg to celebrate the event. With their departure from the scene, Daleside Brewery continued the tradition. Posted on 1 Oct 2019
Gul 2020 FOOTERZhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom FOOTERCyclops Marine 2020 - FOOTER