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02/09/2017

    JP watersports RS200 Scottish tour Dalgety Bay Traveller Report from Peter Collings

    The forecast promised sunny skies and balmy temperatures, and not even the Queensferry Crossing shenanigans could stop eight RS200s from travelling to Fife, in spite of the event coming hot on the heels of the Nationals.

    The light wind thwarted any attempt at starting racing until after 3 o’clock, when a weak and variable breeze set in from the southeast, against a strong ebb tide. The first start saw many of the fleet struggle with the current, leading to some desperate manoeuvres to stay on the right side of the line. Josh Kerr and Fenella Corlett were the fastest away, and dealt best with a congested leeward mark rounding to build an unassailable lead ahead of Ronald Millar / Tor Millar and Andrew Corlett / Callum Forsyth, who finished second and third.

    The breeze had built for the second race, and this time it was Martin Faulkner and Bill Forsyth who led the way, clearly enjoying the heavier conditions. Although my crew Ali and I tried our best to keep the pressure on, Martin managed to extend his lead, and Fiona Rigg Rigg and Helen Wightman showed superb downwind speed to pip us to second place.

    Overnight, Josh and Fenella led the fleet, two points ahead of a chasing pack of me, Fiona Rigg, Andrew Corlett and Martin Faulkner, leaving everything open for the second day.

    The wind may have been stronger, but it was no less shifty, a hefty right swing just before the start leading to a big starboard bias. Fiona and Helen called their layline perfectly, and never really looked in any danger from then on, building up a big lead over Ali and myself in second. Martin Faulkner was third.

    Starboard biases were to be a theme of the day. In the second race Ali and I managed to win the committee boat end, and opened up a comfortable gap as the boats behind fought it out among themselves. Ronald Millar was second, Fiona third.

    The next race again saw a crowded starboard end, an X flag and several boats having to dive back to recross the line. When the smoke had cleared Fiona and Helen were once more leading the race, and held the lead until the finish on a course skewed by a large wind shift, even taking in an entire victory lap as everyone else finished.

    Going into the last race Fiona and Helen had a one point lead over me and Ali. Ronald and Tor Millar were a further four points behind. The breeze had now built enough for planing offwind and Josh Kerr and Ronald Miller were the first two boats home. Ali and I ended up behind them in third, but Fiona and Helen’s fourth place meant that they took the event on countback. Charlie Nunn and Ashleigh Brown showed some flashes of speed downwind with their new light weight pairing. 

    After a slightly sketchy recovery due to a capsized Musto Skiff on the slipway, everyone was packed away in time for a convenient downpour to wash the salt from the boats. Great racing, and a fantastic first event for my first in 200s. It definitely won’t be my last!

    Rank

    Tally

    Boat

    Class

    SailNo

    Club

    HelmName

    CrewName

    R1

    R2

    R3

    R4

    R5

    R6

    Total

    Nett

    1st

    84

     

    RS 200

    600

    East Lothian Yacht Club

    Fiona Rigg

    Helen Wightman

    (6.0)

    2.0

    1.0

    3.0

    1.0

    4.0

    17.0

    11.0

    2nd

    91

    Be Grand

    RS 200

    1120

    Castle Semple Sailing Club

    Peter Collings

    Ali Morrish

    (4.0)

    3.0

    2.0

    1.0

    2.0

    3.0

    15.0

    11.0

    3rd

    93

     

    RS 200

    1650

    Royal Forth Yacht Club

    Ronald Millar

    Tor Millar

    2.0

    (9.0 DNC)

    4.0

    2.0

    4.0

    1.0

    22.0

    13.0

    4th

    51

     

    RS 200

    998

    Largs Sailing Club

    Josh Kerr

    Fenella Corlett

    1.0

    4.0

    (6.0)

    4.0

    5.0

    2.0

    22.0

    16.0

    5th

    35

     

    RS 200

    930

    Largs Sailing Club

    Martin Faulkner

    Bill Forsythe

    (8.0)

    1.0

    3.0

    7.0

    6.0

    5.0

    30.0

    22.0

    6th

    52

     

    RS 200

    1098

    Largs Sailing Club

    Andrew Corlett

    Callum Forsyth

    3.0

    5.0

    (7.0)

    6.0

    3.0

    6.0

    30.0

    23.0

    7th

    38

     

    RS 200

    366

    Largs Sailing Club

    Charlotte Nunn

    Ashley Brown

    (7.0)

    6.0

    5.0

    5.0

    7.0

    7.0

    37.0

    30.0

    8th

     

     

    RS 200

    1099

     

     

     

    5.0

    (9.0 DNC)

    9.0 DNC

    9.0 DNC

    9.0 DNC

    9.0 DNC

    50.0

    41.0