Please select your home edition
North Sails 2021 Innovation - LEADERBOARD

Queen Elizabeth Regatta at Royal Forth Yacht Club

by Sarah Robertson 22 Sep 2022 05:44 PDT 17 September 2022
Queen Elizabeth Regatta at Royal Forth YC © Hannah Robertson

Out of respect for our late Queen, a difficult decision was made to modify the RFYC's annual One Design Regatta for 707s, Dragons, H-Boats and Squibs to four races on Saturday 17th September (rather than the usual two days) and informally rename it the 'Queen Elizabeth Regatta'.

This event incorporates the Scottish Dragon Championship, the Scottish and Northern Squib Championships and the H-Boat Nationals.

This change resulted in a small number of cancellations, however 19 boats still entered, including two Dragons travelling from Yorkshire and Findhorn, and two 707s who sailed down the Forth from Port Edgar.

The wind and weather were kind with 12-20 knots blowing straight from the Forth Bridges giving PRO John Robertson and his mark-laying team a relatively easy time. Four races were smoothly started and finished with a quick turnaround to get everyone ashore for the prize-giving and post-racing curry. Prizes were generously provided by sponsors Pickering's Gin with fleet winners receiving a bottle of their special 'Queen Elizabeth' Gin and all competitors given a can of Pickering's Gin & Tonic.

The Dragon Fleet saw competitive racing with Richard Leask and Peter Cooke from RFYC on close points with Crispin Blyth from the Royal Yorkshire YC. We congratulate Richard who took first place overall as winner of the last race.

The Squibs, all from RFYC, were dominated by Will Davies who was able to forgo the last race to prepare curry for everyone on-shore (thank you Will). Second and third places were taken by Derek Gibb and Mark Taylor after a tie-break.

John Blair got a clean sweep in the small 707 fleet and Dermot Gorman prevailed in the H-Boats, albeit with some close racing at times in both fleets (and some broaching entertainment provided by 707 Cacciatore).

Overall, it was a great day of racing with the Royal Forth hospitality before and after racing being well received by all. We are proud to have played our part this year in first celebrating the Jubilee of our Queen Elizabeth II and in commemorating her life this last weekend.

More photos (courtesy of Hannah Robertson, Mark Harding and Sarah Robertson):

707 Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stMojito7042John BlairPort Edgar YC‑11113
2ndCacciatore7115Ben RobertsonRFYC‑22226
3rdEastlander7041Pawel ByczynskiPEYC‑33339

Dragon Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stKestra731Richard LeaskRFYC3‑4115
2ndMeteor402Peter CookeRFYC11‑335
3rdRAin430Crispin BlythRoyal Yorkshire YC‑22226
4thKismet508Cathy OgdenRFYC‑434411
5thRainbow686David StevensonRORC‑555515
6thWizz Too343Helen HorsfallRFYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC21

H-Boat Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stHariboat595Dermot GormanRFYC1‑2113
2ndHumdinger518Anthony TaitRFYC‑21225
3rdHolly1311Nevin JamiesonRFYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC12

Squib Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stWillpower832Will DaviesRFYC111(DNS)3
2ndFlare67Derek GibbRFYC2‑3316
3rdPandemonium850Mark TaylorRFYC‑32226
4thHera158Michael TaskerRFYC‑554312
5thDry Run842Charles MortonRFYC44‑5513
6thCascade634Mark KisbyRFYC‑666416
7thZoom750Vito MinellaRFYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC24

Related Articles

Edinburgh Regatta 2022 at Granton, Edinburgh
Delighted to receive 26 entries as the event happens for the first time since 2019 The Edinburgh Regatta took place on 25/26 June at Granton, Edinburgh, jointly hosted by Royal Forth YC and Forth Corinthians YC. It was last held in 2019 like so many other events. Posted on 29 Jun 2022
2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup overall
Final day showdown decides the winners of the famous trophy A gloomy day greeted the Dragon sailors and event team in Granton Harbour on the final day of the Edinburgh Cup 2021. Posted on 6 Sep 2021
2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup day 3
Badger leading into the final day While the skies over Edinburgh were grey spirits were bright and lifted in the Royal Forth Yacht Club with the encouraging morning breeze. Posted on 3 Sep 2021
2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup day 2
A beautifully sunny day in Edinburgh A beautifully sunny day greeted the Dragon fleet on day two of the Edinburgh Cup in Edinburgh. After a short delay waiting for wind, race two started with an individual recall for GBR 731. Posted on 2 Sep 2021
2021 Dragon Edinburgh Cup day 1
72nd edition of the British Dragon Nationals underway at Granton Harbour Tuesday saw the start of the 2021 Edinburgh Cup, the 72nd edition of the British Dragon Nationals. This year's event is hosted by Granton Harbour's Royal Forth Yacht Club who previously held the Edinburgh Cup in 1997. Posted on 1 Sep 2021
Bluebottle to race in this year's Edinburgh Cup
The Duke of Edinburgh's beloved Dragon has undergone a momentous restoration The beloved keelboat of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Bluebottle has undergone a momentous restoration and a road trip to now complete the Royal fleet in Edinburgh. Posted on 17 May 2021
Scottish Dragon Champs & Edinburgh Cup cancelled
In light of the latest Government announcement In the light of the latest Government announcement the British Dragon Association (BDA) along with the Royal Forth Yacht Club (RFYC) has taken the decision to cancel this year's Scottish Dragon Championship and Edinburgh Cup event on the Forth. Posted on 24 Mar 2020
707 Class at the Royal Forth One Design Weekend
Some fine racing and excellent hospitality in Granton Nine 707s turned out for Royal Forth YC's annual One Design weekend, alongside Dragons, H Boats, and Squibs. A mixture of local boats and travellers from the rest of Scotland enjoyed some fine one design racing and excellent hospitality in Granton. Posted on 3 Sep 2019
Squib Scottish and Northern Championships
Held at the Royal Forth Yacht Club in Edinburgh The Scottish and Northern area Squib Championships were held over the weekend of 4th/5th May at Royal Forth Yacht Club in Edinburgh. Posted on 10 May 2019
Royal Forth Yacht Club One Design Weekend
Six 707s join the Dragons and H Boats Six 707s joined the Dragon and H Boat class for a weekend's racing at Royal Forth Yacht Club. Posted on 5 Sep 2018
North Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTERSelden 2020 - FOOTER