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MYA Scottish District IOM Travellers event 1 at Tayside Radio Sailing Club

by Brian Summers 11 Jun 00:46 PDT 18 May 2024

Fourteen skippers travelled from all over Scotland with representatives from Aberdeen, Buchanness and Tayside in the north-east, Kinghorn near the Firth of Forth, and Ayr Bay, Greenock and Paisley on the "west coast". Eleven different IOM designs were present in the fourteen strong fleet with construction types including seven wooden planked hulls, five fibre glass and two 3D printed boats.

On a very sunny day, the forecast was for a light easterly breeze but when the race team arrived, Forfar Loch was more like a mill pond with no wind. This year the Scottish District have put back the start time for their events by one hour to 11.00 to allow those travelling to start their journey a little later and to allow the wind to fill in which often happens later in the day.

Right on cue the forecast breeze started to appear at 11.00. Following the skipper's briefing there was a short delay to allow the wind to settle before RO Boyd Baird got racing under way at 11.15.

Tich Summers from the local club sailing his home-built Buzz 3 took the first two races in what were still light & patchy conditions. As the wind built to what became perfect sailing conditions for A rig IOM racing more boats came to the fore, with eight different skippers taking a first place showing the strength of the fleet. Races 3 and 4 saw wins by Malcolm Worsley and Ian Dundas respectively.

Race 5 was won by Gordon Allison, Race 6 by David Levison, Race 7 by John Owens and Race 8 was won by Ian Dundas. However, it was not all plain sailing for some with a number of race retirements to repair (or not!) various gear failures.

The wind held up well throughout the day and the fleet was blessed with warm sunshine. Fifteen races were completed with the last race finishing at 16.30 following a great day's racing conducted in a very friendly but competitive atmosphere.

Tich held on to take overall victory with Stuart Teasdale sailing his BritPop taking second place and, rounding up the podium in third, Ian Dundas sailing another home-built wooden boat which has a beautiful inlaid foredeck. Fourth, fifth and sixth were all on equal points requiring to be split on countback to the number of 2nd places gained. It was noteworthy that twelve skippers recorded at least one top 5 race result.

At the prize-giving Tich thanked the race team for an extremely well-run event and Forfar Sailing and Water Sports Club for again opening up their full facilities and providing exceptional catering throughout the day.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat DesignSkipperClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15Pts
107Buzz 3Brian SummerTayside RSC112345103144451235
254BritPopStuart TeasdaleKinghorn RSC34379252927513347
3138FatboyIan DundasAberdeen MYC63713741262289852
486Buzz 1Malcom WorsleyTayside RSC221463258791116754
585CheinzRichard RowanGreenock MY&PBC57622864616645154
662AliothGordon AllisonAyr Bay RYC10105511076331332554
7101Corbie 5Simon ThomsonGreenock MY&PBC98912116391553824481
890BritPopDavid LevisonTayside RSC115101081111058810771099
930AliothDavid StewartTayside RSC411897415137111111689106
1063Buzz 3Bob WilsonTayside RSC861281211874910991015111
1140AlternativeDavid RedpathKinghorn RSC139111110139810105710116117
1233VentiJohn OwensAberdeen MYC712465911515151515151515134
1359VisionAlan McKechnieBuchanness RYC141414141414121211121212121211162
1489Corbie 4David SmithPaisley MYC121313131312131115151515151515175

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