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07/10/2017
Sprints and AGM

JP Watersports RS200 Scottish Tour 2017 – Helensburgh sailing club sprints 07/10/2017

Neil said breeze is looking good for Saturday.

Alice said Neil will be cooking.

Peter said he needed crew and downwind coaching.

Charlie said she and Dan may be coming but she had just lost her tow bar over the side of a road.

Andrew said to Josh and Fenela “just chuck your sails and rudder in the back of my van and I’ll see you there”.

Andrew said he and Callum will be there but that was before Andrew’s van’s right front wheel’s brake pad said “no” and shut like a clam.

Well, in the end the wind came before the eating, Peter either got the coaching he needed, or never needed it in the first place. Next time, Charlie, Dan, Andrew and Callum are going to sail to Helensburgh from Largs and thanks to some local support Josh and Fenella were quickly kitted out with sails and rudder and were able to compete.

As for the rest, there were 13 boats entered, 8 races with target times of 15-20mins per race, the wind was from the west from force 2 to 6 and there was a lot of rainwater coming down the Gare Loch. Start lines were tightly packed and a few recalls were called by an observant race management team. All this meant that if you were in the right place at the right time, you couldn’t rely on it staying that way.

With mark roundings busy, there was much use of the class standard rule of not having to do penalty turns if touching a rounding mark. This inevitably lead to ‘mark room’ being turned on its head, with the expectation for the inside boat to touch the mark. This has recently come up in class AGM discussions about the rule not being included in future.

Neil and Alice joined in at their home club for their first RS200 Scottish tour event due to sailing and family commitments (or should that be in the other order?) and found they were gradually refinding their feet in the boat until rigging failure struck.

“At the point when we were probably doing our best out of the whole event, we lost our kite sheet downwind, and I had to crawl out onto the bow. I just managed to get it back on before the leeward mark! I can't remember which race as they all blur into one” said Alice. This pretty much tells the story of the day for many, with brief chances appearing and disappearing within a boat length and what would be a minor error on a larger course becoming the breaking point in a game of recoveries.

Adapting quickly to all the conditions were Ronnie and Tor Millar, winning the first 3 races and then the seventh to win the event overall.

RS400 sailor, Ben Robertson, standing in for antipodean traveller, Brendan Lynch, crewed by Matt Morson, found the smaller boat lively enough to throw around the small course and gradually improved results from midfleet to top 3 in the last four races to come second overall.

Peter Collins was next to get some low scores including a win in race 5 to come third.

Just a few points away were Fiona Rigg and Helen Wightman who put in an energetic fight during and after their initial ninth place in race one, showing their team racing skills and afterwards looking ready for the relative calm of Helen’s wedding to weeks thereafter, despite losing the table plan and having to build a replacement - from Lego!

 

Overall scores for the JP Watersports Scottish Tour had been set to change after this final event of the series with 5 boats able to drop one of their high scores and enter their fourth event. Total series scores were totted up and the top 3 places were instantly claimed by 3 of the 4 teams who had taken it in turns to win the individual events.

The winners with two firsts and two third places were Ronnie and Tor Millar, who were surprised that their efforts to arrange childcare and get to events had been enough. Indeed it had, testament to being able to jump back in the (new) boat after a break and still perform so highly. “(It is)Good to see Ronnie keeping the young whipper snappers in check!” said Robbie Burns.

Thanks to Helensburgh sailing club, race officer Bobby Lennox and the efficient team who got us through bacon rolls, 8 races in changing conditions, prize giving and dinner.

 

Written by Martin Faulkner

Place

Points

Sail No

Boat Name

Helm

Crew

Club

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

Race 7

Race 8

1

23

1650

 

Ronnie Millar

Tor Millar

RFYC

1

1

1

8

4

2

1

5

2

27

806

Marvin

Ben Robertson

Matt Morson

PEYC

5

7

2

6

2

1

3

1

3

33

1120

It'll be Grand

Petr Collings

Ally Ireland

CSSC

3

6

3

5

1

6

7

2

4

37

600

Nessie

Fiona Rigg

Helen Wightman

ELYC

9

5

4

1

6

4

4

4

5

41

7281

 

Josh Kerr

Fenalla Corlett

LSC

2

4

9

2

3

3

10

8

6

46

1571

 

Allan Lennox

Amy Lennox

HSC

4

3

6

4

11

9

2

7

7

49

1530

 

Niamh Harper

Richard Harper

LTSC

14/DSQ

2

11

3

5

5

6

3

8

68

1281

 

Neil Manderson

Alice Meadon

HSC

6

11

10

7

10

7

11

6

9

76

1474

 

Calum Bell

Mike O'Donovan

HSC

10

8

12

12

9

8

8

9

10

78

930

Wee Blue Penguin

Martin Faulkner

Bill Forsyth

LSC

14/DSQ

10

7

9

7

10

9

12

11

79

774

Simon

Robert Walker

Amy Romaniuk

HSC

7

12

8

10

12

12

5

13

12

80

352

Mildred

John Ilson

Ross Malloy

LTSC

14/DSQ

9

5

11

8

11

12

10

13

99

1011

 

Jake Miller

James Miller

HSC

8

13

13

14/DNF

14/DNF

13

13

11