Report by Gordon Neil Score Sheet
Ayr Bay Radio Yacht Club Irvine Beach Park Pond, 0915, Saturday 12th March, 2016. The fleet has gathered. Skippers chatting, considering the opposition, weighing up their chances. Final tweaking of their boats.
Some on the water trying to read the wind shifts and gain pond experience prior to the off. Tension in the air. It is the first of the three MYA, Scottish District, IOM Travellers Trophy Events, this one hosted by Ayr Bay Radio Yacht Club at their sailing venue at Irvine. The morning is overcast with a good wind directly from the South suggesting that the number two rig is a likely requirement.
RO briefing at 0945. With a fleet of fifteen skippers, racing in a single fleet is adopted, with the facility of heat racing being available, if thought to be necessary. Racing commences 1010 with all skippers selecting the number two rig, as was expected. A ten minute break had been instigated after every three races.
It was to be a very interesting day with a wide variety of boat designs competing, including the ubiquitous “BRITPOP”, sailed by Ian Dundas, the eventual clear winner, Brian Summers, self designed and built “BUZZ” [with his self made sails], the unique “CORBIE” [an Aberdeen favourite], the “CHEINZ”, and the V9 among the winning boats.
Other, mostly older, designs held their own very well, namely : Stealth, Vivid, Topico, Fractal, Rhyme, Kite and SKA. To the many onlookers the racing was a demonstration of the art of sailing these boats and made a good few consider taking up the Challenge.
The racing was close, the behaviour was good and errors were few. It was good? to see even the best of the skippers make the occasional major blunder! [it happens to everyone!]. After a snack lunch, racing re commenced, with all having changed up to the number one rig as the wind strength had dropped considerably and had veered a bit demanding a slight change in the course.
Racing stopped at 1550, after the completion of nineteen races. The rain had kept away. The wind had been perfect. The racing had been well controlled and executed.
An enjoyable and rewarding day for all.
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