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IOM Scottish Travellers Event 5 – Brechin – 13th August 2005

report by Boyd Baird

Thanks to all who supported the Travellers at Brechin today, especially the visitors who out numbered the local boats . I think all who sailed enjoyed the event – the rain being hardly noticeable and the wind being there for all but two races. 16 races were completed. So much for the forecast – wind SW going NW 20 knots and rain clearing, we had SE going NE back and forward at best 2 knots.

Richard Rowan was on top form winning 12 of the 16 races. We suspect he had help from the wee people * that follow the Irish – if we ever can prove he gets outside help he’s out. Ian Dundas with his much modified Stealth did give Richard some competition to come second closely followed by Colin Brown.

The lunch and afternoon tea as always was great.

One serious note from the Scottish Senior Measurer (that’s me) – it is the owners responsibility to ensure that they keep their boat to measurement, no boat submitted for weighting should be light, if it is it is illegal and cannot compete in the event. It also means that if it has been racing at its own club or other event where no measurement was taken then the skipper has cheated. Owners must make sure such things are avoided .

Score sheet

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 4 – Greenock – 16th July 2005

Nine skippers turned out for the 4th Travellers of the year at Greenock. It was good to see Robert Rooney sailing – Robert is normally to be found doing some duty or other on the race team. Also sailing was Bob Collins from Paisley, he has been absent from the Travellers series since last year. Shakey Bill was sailing his new (green) Stealth for the first time.

Race Officer Hugh Shields got the racing started in a good westerly breeze with a strength just at the top of the A rig. The general wind direction remained in the west throughout the day but there were quite large shifts about the mean direction. Consequently, the racing was very intense with places to be made or lost depending on which side of a shift you might be on. In one race, Ian Dundas pulled up from eighth round the last mark to second over the finishing line by simply going further out to starboard than anyone else up the last beat.

Unfortunately, there was some weed in the pond – if you picked up some weed and were lucky, you could just lose the edge of your boat speed – if not, you could be slowed down quite significantly. It was fortunate that the event was held this weekend, it is likely that the weed will develop considerably over the next few weeks with the possibility of the event being cancelled or postponed.

Eight races were held in the morning session – the conditions produced four boats each having one or more wins. At lunch time, Ian Dundas had worked out a useful lead over Richard Rowan and Ali Law. The afternoon session saw another 10 races completed. Richard started to get the bit between his teeth after lunch and produced an excellent run of results to eventually win the event. Ian Dundas held on to come in second only 4 points behind Richard. Unfortunately, Ali Law had 3 bad races counting two 7ths and one 8th. With eventually only 2 discards applying, that increased his final score sufficiently so that he finished in 3rd position. Although David Loomes was frequently top be seen at the front of the fleet, he wasn’t able to produce the necessary low race finishing positions and eventually took fourth position overall (perhaps its time for him to upgrade his IOM).

Score sheet

Karachi Cup & Boussy Medallion – Castle Semple – 25-26 June 2005

YearHost ClubWinnersSailed in
1996Paisley MYCEnglandR6Ms
1997Greenock MYCEnglandR6Ms
1998Two Islands RYCScotlandR6Ms
1999Paisley MYCEnglandR6Ms
2000Watermead MBCEnglandR6Ms
2001Greenock MYCEnglandR6Ms
2002Not sailed  
2003Not sailed  
2004Not sailed  
2005Paisley MYCEnglandIOMs
The Karachi Cup
The Karachi Cup

A short history of the Karachi Cup

by Mike Barr November 2000

In 1994 I wrote to the 6M Owners Association suggesting an annual competition between England and Scotland but no reply was received. The concept still attracted me considerably because there was a degree of disarray within the politics of model yachting in Scotland, viz a viz the SMYA and the MYA, and I had not been able to obtain any response from the 6M Owners Association in England.

At the third attempt I was told to “do my own thing” – so was happy to develop the concept without treading on anyone’s toes.

On a business visit to Pakistan in 1995 I happened to pass a Trophy shop in Karachi and after some fierce price haggling by my Pakistani Hosts, the magnificent Karachi Cup was acquired for the princely sum of £26. The name being doubly appropriate because of rugby’s Calcutta Cup.

The next major problem was to decide how to pick our own team and equally important how to find a team to compete against- particularly as the Association had not wanted to be involved for whatever reason.

Being new to model racing I had been surprised what a serious business it was and thought the social side, which I was more accustomed to from a rugby background, was sorely lacking. I therefore hoped that the weekend’s sailing should be matched with much socialising and, in true Scots tradition, ”have a dram or two” afterwards.

Most importantly to build, and renew, friendships whatever the racing result.

The racing had to be conducted at the highest level of proficiency, and in a Gentlemanly order, so that “turns” would always be done on the water and therefore no long delays with Protests and certainly no ill feelings. The result would be decided by a series of team races of six skippers per country.

Graham Bantock was approached with some trepidation and saved the day by agreeing to lead the English team to visit Paisley MYC which was also holding it’s Club Centenary. The team comprised Graham Bantock, Keith Skipper, Martin Roberts, Phil Playle, Anthony Corbett, and Chris Harris. A formidable array!

The Scottish Team comprised Richard Rowan, Pat Johnston, Gordon Price, Drew Taylor, Neil Graham and John Breingan.

Scotland was trounced by an embarrassing margin at Paisley in 1996 but the seed had hopefully been sown for the future.

A suitable Deed of Gift had been drafted with Anthony Corbett’s excellent assistance and the only subtle variation was that to be eligible to represent your country you could be a permanent resident in that Country, or by birthright. (Our best skipper at the time was Richard Rowan, living north of the border but Irish by birth). Similarly in true gentlemanly fashion a substitute yacht or skipper could substitute for either side as required.

The Deed of Gift should have been signed at that time but the welcoming party at Mill O’ Beith meant that the ceremony was overlooked. At least the social side had worked!

In 1997 the English opted to return to Scotland and the venue moved to Greenock where a very close result ensued. The scoring of each race produced a ”win draw or lose” result rather than the first years aggregation of points being the deciding factor – a much better way of scoring. England won by a narrow margin. For Scotland, the arrival of the new ‘Ravenna’ six metre, also designed by Graham Bantock, was an advantage over the ‘Dolphins’ seen the previous year in the Scottish team.

The Deed of Gift was finally signed at Royal Gourock Yacht Club at Gourock in Scotland in September 1997.

In 1998 Two Islands M Y C in Milton Keynes hosted the event. Their hospitality at the Nationals, two year’s previous, had been truly in the spirit intended for the Karachi Cup so we were delighted to accept their invitation. Scotland won convincingly to extract revenge for the previous two years. A humorous and friendly touch was that a few lines of the relevant National Anthem being played on a tape recorder after each race to notify the result that race!

Anthony Corbett, the English Captain that year, also withdrew a critical protest that one of the Scottish yachts had a “hollow” because (a) the yacht was immediately replaced and (b) the decision should be “in keeping with the spirit of the Karachi Cup”. It made my day.

In 1999 England won in very poor weather conditions at Paisley. Yacht reliability and lack of preparation being a deciding factor. Regrettably, unlike the previous year, the event was also marred by too many protests.

The Millenium Race was held at Watermead on 7th October 2000 in appalling weather conditions. England again regained the Karachi Cup by a substantial margin. The hospitality of our hosts was exceptional and the event was noticable by the good-humoured attitude of the contestants and the lack of protests.

In 2001 the race was held at Greenock which again England won and an excellent dinner was held at Royal Gourock Yacht Club in the evening.

No race was held for the following three years principally through lack of available R6M’s and skippers.

So in 2005 the race will be held in IOM’s at the very good sailing water at Castle Semple near Lochwinnoch in Ayrshire on 25 June with the evening celebrations at nearby Bowfield Hotel & Country Club in Howwood for the contestants and their families. All are welcome.

This year it is anticipated that there will be no protests, or Appeals, as Umpires will be involved. The Scottish District are arranging the Race Management for the event, and for selecting the Scottish team. T hey are also arranging an Open Event for IOM’s on the Sunday, also at Castle Semple, to complete the weekend’s sailing to which all are invited

The Karachi Cup was donated to Paisley MYC to commemorate its Centenary in 1996.

Mike Barr 2005

England  Scotland 
George Beacroft (Captain)Chelmsford RYC David Loomes (Captain)Paisley MYC
Graham BantockChelmsford RYC Ali LawBuchaness MYC
Mark DennisChelmsford RYC Ian DundasAberdeen MYC
Martin RobertsBirkenhead MY&PBC Colin BrownBuchaness MYC
Chris ElliotBirkenhead MY&PBC Boyd BairdBrechin Castle Centre MBC
Graham BartholomewChelmsford RYC Richard RowanPaisley MYC
   Graham CampbellPaisley MYC

Boussy Medallion report

On Sunday 26th June, the Karachi Cup skippers were joined by a number of other English and Scottish skippers for the Boussy Medallion open race. 18 boats took part and the event was run using two fleets. Race Officer David Loomes managed to get 8 races completed despite having an initial delay waiting for late comers who were staying in the Bowfield (slow breakfast service was the reason given ! ) and a 1/2 hour lunch break (by skipper demand).

The top five placings were
1 – Graham Bantock, 2 – Richard Rowan, 3 – Mark Dennis, 4 – George Beacroft, 5 – Ian Dundas.

Race team RO David Loomes, Ali Law and Hugh Shields

Overall Results    Score Sheet

Graham Bantock receives the Medallion from David Loomes

Graham Bantock receives the Medallion from David Loomes

The prize winners and race team

The prize winners and race team

Some interested spectators

“B” heat start

“A” heat start

Another “A” heat start

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 3 – Buchanness – 4th June 2005

Report by Alistair Law

Nine skippers turned out for the 3rd Travellers of the year. Colin Brown the Buchanness commodore welcomed the skippers and introduced Andrew Haxton of the Brechin club who acted as Race Officer helped by Peter Fowlie of the home club.

The wind was from a northerly direction and quite steady with a speed of about 7mph. The RO set a triangle and sausage course using the ample size of the reservoir with port rounding, therefore the marks were easy to see.

The sailing commenced at 10.15 with the first block of three races. Richard Rowan looking good won the first race with David Loomes 2nd, Colin Brown 3rd and Alistair Law 4th. Unfortunately Richard could not quite keep this up and slipped back with the occasional flash of the old skill. David Loomes took up the running with a win and looked good for the day – indeed he was sailing much better than of late yet he too fell away. Colin Brown brought on a challenge but he too faded away. It finally took Alistair Law sailing his new Topiko to stamp his authority on the regatta and eventually win it from Richard, David and Colin.

It was good to see some (maybe not so) young new skippers to the sport making an impression on the racing, namely Colin McGinnis and Jimmy Bisset – surely with some more regattas behind them they will be up among the front runners.

All In all, it was a very good days sailing with very few incidents and close racing throughout the fleet – well worth the effort to host and sail in the event.

Score sheet

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 2 – Paisley – 14th May 2005

The second event in the 2005 Travellers series was held at Barshaw Park on a warm and sunny day. 11 boats took part representing the Buchaness, Aberdeen, Brechin and Paisley clubs. The racing started in a gentle easterly breeze which held up until nearly the end of the day’s sailing. This enabled RO Robert Rooney to run 22 races.

Over the first 3 races, there was a different skipper in first place, with extremely tight racing throughout the fleet. However, as the morning proceeded, Richard Rowan got a good setup on his Italiko and managed a run of 5 firsts in a row. Alistair Law and Ian Dundas pursued him in vain. Unfortunately, Graham Campbell’s day ended prematurely with a boat control failure.

After lunch, the wind dropped and became much more variable in direction. Consequently, Alistair and Ian took first place in a greater number of races. However, the “Green Boat” was never far behind and ended the day’s racing with a good lead.

A new member from Brechin, Colin McGinnis, was taking part in his first Travellers series event. After a slow start in the morning, he gradually improved over the day and ended with a excellent 3rd place in the final race (this despite having a boat which was nearly 80 gms overweight).

All boats were check weighed prior to starting the event. This yielded the following weight statistics:
Fins -20 to +8 gms Boats in number 1 rig -50gms to +140gms. Obviously, boats which didn’t weight correctly were sorted before racing commenced.

Score sheet

North East Clubs 2005 Early Series Summary report

The North East Clubs winter series continued over February, March and April 2005 with events held at Buchanness, Aberdeen and Brechin.

This winter series was set up last year as a means to encourage new members to take part in larger fleet racing during the winter period and hopefully to go on to take part in the IOM Scottish Travellers in the summer. The RYGG handicap system is used and it was good to see close finishes between all levels of experience and for some skippers to improve their handicap over the winter.

Turnouts averaged 10 boats and a total of 21 skippers took part in the series. This was up from the 15 who took part in the late 2004 series in October, November and December.

Peterhead
The first event took place in Peterhead with a wild and windy forecast. However as we have often seen the weather did not
materialize and a good day was enjoyed be those who made the effort to go North. No2 Rig was used over the day although some skippers did attempt No1 and even No3 Rig at times.

Ali Law at his local; club again showed the way scoring 25 points ahead of Bill Reid and Ian Dundas who finished equal on 32
points – Bill taking the second place on count back.

Aberdeen
At the second event in Aberdeen it was also sailed with No2 rigs in a brisk North Westerly. A violent hail storm arrived during
race 3 which threatened the event but luckily this passed through reasonably quickly and after a short break to allow skippers to get feeling back into their hands racing continued under clear skies and steady winds.

15 Races were held around an Olympic style course. Interestingly scratch sailors won 8 races but Handicap sailors won 7 between them. Ali Law again came out on top with Ian Dundas second and Bill Reid continuing his good showing with a third using the club TS2.

Brechin
The last event held at Brechin on 10th April saw a good turnout from the local club but there was also a visitor from Paisley.
Ali Law volunteered to be OOD. Richard Rowan sailed his Italiko well to take first place ahead of Boyd Baird sailing an Isis and Colin Brown sailing his new Italiko.

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 1 – Aberdeen – 23rd April 2005

The 2005 Scottish IOM Travellers Championship kicked off at Inchgarth in Aberdeen with a turnout of 11 boats. For the first time in a long time, two skippers form Levenhall took part – Richard Ennos and Dane Ashby. However, unfortunately, there were no visitors from Brechin (that club having been a stalwart supporter of the Travellers series in recent years).

Race team Ian Dundas and Alistair Struthers faced a difficult day as the wind was varying by over 90 degrees just prior to the first start. This pattern was present throughout the day, constantly requiring Ian to change the marks of the course and to reset the starting line. For the sailors, over the day the wind generally held at a strength of between 5 and 10 knots, but with little puffs and lifts coming on both sides of the course, getting it right proved quite difficult.

Over the eight races in the moring, Richard Rowan opened a lead over Alastair Law, Graham Campbell and David Loomes (all of whom used up their eventual discards with each having two retirements or last places). Local skipper Jimmy Bisset sailing a competitive Stealth was regularly to be seen at the front of the fleet at the first mark but found it difficult to convert his good starts into good finishing places.

In the afternoon races, Alastair Law settled down and managed a very consistent series of results with Richard Rowan mostly behind. Gradually over the afternoon, Alastair whittled away at Richard’s lunchtime lead and eventually finished with a reasonable margin after his bad morning race results were discarded. Graham Campbell sailing his newly acquired Italico for the very first time started to show the potential of the boat to produce a very good afternoon’s score sheet – this eventually pulled him ahead of David Loomes (they finished 3rd and 4th overall) with local skipper Jimmy Bisset eventually finishing in a much improved 5th place overall.

Score sheet

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North East Clubs 2005 Early Series Event 3 – Brechin – 10th April 2005

Final positions were:

PositionSkipperClubHull DesignPoints
1Richard Rowan PaisleyItaliko22
2Boyd BairdBrechinIsis30
3Colin BrownBuchanessItaliko41
4Ralph KnowlesBrechin 64
5Alan AllsopBuchannessOscar69
6John Milne  91
7Mel PercivalBrechin 102
8Bert Powell  152
9Jimmy Rodger  158
10Jerry Smith  162

North East Clubs 2005 Early Series Event 2 – Aberdeen – 5th March 2005

There was a big turnout for the second in the early 2005 winter series with 6 skippers from Aberdeen and 5 from the Buchanness Club. Unfortunately Brechin Castle were unable to attend this event as their regular participating skippers were either skiing or working offshore.

Skippers brave the elements

A brisk North Easterly wind meant racing got underway with No 2 Rigs. With the RYGG Handicap system being used there were often many boats trying to round marks at the same time as the scratch boats caught up with the slower boats. This meant that there were lots of place changes in the races as inexperienced and experienced skippers were required to take penalty turns for rule infringement or for touching or even missing marks.

A violent hail storm arrived during race 3 which threatened the event but luckily this passed through reasonably quickly and after a short break to allow skippers to get feeling back into their hands we were treated to clear skies and steady winds.

15 Races were held around an Olympic style course. Interestingly, scratch sailors only won 8 races whilst the handicap sailors won 7 between them. Of the scratch sailors, Ali Law won 6 and Ian Dundas won 2 races. From the handicap sailors, Morton Park won a race from red handicap (30 secs) and Brian Robertson won 3, Allan Allsop won 2 and Shaky Bill won 1 all from the yellow handicap start (20 secs). There was also a good showing from Ken Ewen with 4 second places from a red handicap. Ken was also reliable in this regatta with no gear failures. Unfortunately Colin Brown, Jimmy Bisset and Morton Park did have gear failure which pushed them down the finishing position table.

Final positions were:

PositionSkipperClubHull DesignPoints
1Ali Law  BuchannessTopico28
2Ian DundasAberdeenStealth49
3Shaky BillBuchannessTS259
4Brian RobertsonBuchanessItaliko60 on countback
5Alan AllsopBuchannessOscar60
6Morton ParkAberdeenKite72 on countback
7Colin TaitAberdeenItaliko72
8Ken EwenAberdeen 77
9D LatterAberdeen 96
10C BrownBuchaness 99
11Jimmy BissetAberdeen 110

IOM Scottish Ranking Race – Buchaness MYC – 12th and 13th June 2004

The IOM Scottish Ranking Race on 12th and 13th June was held under the auspices of Buchaness MYC at the Castle Semple Visitor Centre at Lochwinnock near Glasgow. The Boussy Medallion was awarded to the highest placed competitor on Sunday who had not previously won a National UK event (including Nationals and Ranking Races).

Saturday

Saturday dawned fine and sunny but with the wind from the only “bad” direction for Castle Semple ie over the trees at the back of the car park. This immediately gave RO Alistair Law and his team a big problem – how to set a decent course. Alastair quickly concluded that a decent course was not achievable and simply set out 5 buoys, two at either end of the sailing area, one off-shore to form the triangle and two to create the start/finish line.
The skippers in the first seeding heat then found out just how tricky the wind conditions were – puffs coming from nowhere, wind direction changing through all points of the compass – really a bit of a lottery. This remained the case until early in the afternoon when the wind started to come more from one end, which resulted in a more conventional windward/leeward leg scenario. However, throughout the day, it seemed to be more important to be in the right place at the right time.

As the wind filled later in the day, a number of competitors were heard to remark that it was better to be in the pack towards the end of the final run because frequently, a boat that had worked out an advantage during the race would run out of wind down the run and would be engulfed by the fleet carrying a new breeze from behind.

Eventual winner Peter Stollery managed to keep in the wind throughout the day, counting two fifth places as his worst result. Second boat Phil Playle was frequently seen to take the great circle route between the two end marks – ie he always chose to go well offshore looking for the fresher breeze and quite often powered in to the mark at a sharp angle at the last minute. Third boat Chris Harris was always in the hunt right up to the end but a sixth place in the last race took his final total to just one point higher than Phils.

Sunday

In contrast to Saturday, the wind direction for Sunday was from left to right with a slight on-shore angle. Throughout the day until just before end of sailing, the wind strength was always top end of the A rig, with occasional puffs enough to cause problems downwind. Direction was relatively steady but with enough shifts to make the racing interesting with the left side of the beat being favoured about 70% of the time but always with the possibility of a shift bringing the starboard boats in more quickly than anticipated.

Graham Bantock sailing Alastair Law’s 2004 Italiko took an early lead with a couple of good wins. However, he then dropped back a little to let Trevor Binks and Peter Stollery catch up. During race 4, the wind piped up to its strongest throughout the day giving the A heat skippers some agonising moments about whether to change down or not. Peter Stollery was one of the few leaders who changed to B rig and was immediately rewarded with the wind dropping and a trip to the B heat.

The race team keep a good momentum through out the day and managed 8 full races (each incorporating reasonably long beats).

So eventually towards the end, Graham Bantock took control of the event with a third as his worst place in races 5 to 8, Martin Roberts took second place with a generally consistent set of results, third was Trevor Binks with a couple of 10th places just knocking his final score up past Martin’s.

Overall
The Scottish District have been very pleased to be able to run such major events at the Castle Semple Water Sports Centre. We think that everyone will agree that the facilities are simply top class, the winds over the three years that we have run an event at Castle Semple have produced excellent racing on 5 out of 6 days.

We would like to thank the Management and Staff at the Water Sports Centre for their friendly and helpful welcome to the visiting competitors.

Competitor list
Event entry list
Winner of the Boussy Medallion – Mike Clifton

Race Team  
Alastair LawPrincipal Race Officer   Buchaness MYC
Richard EnnosRace OfficerLevenhall RYC
Robert Rooney Finishing linePaisley MYC
John MathesonFinishing line Paisley MYC
David Smith Scorer   Paisley MYC
Alastair Law JuniorFleet BoardBuchaness MYC
Jim BissetRescue BoatAberdeen MYC
John GildeaRescue BoatBuchaness MYC
"Shaky Bill" ReidObserver MarshalBuchaness MYC
Peter Holt Observer MarshalThe Broads RYC

Thanks also to
David Loomes for the scoring computer programme
Graham Campbell for the dinghy and outboard

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