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IOM Scottish Travellers 2016 Event 3 – Buchanness – 10th September 2016

The third Scottish District IOM Travellers event of 2016 was held at Peterhead on 10th September. 10 boats took part.

Full report from John Owens (pdf format)

Top placings were:

PosSkipperClubHull designPoints
1.Ian DundasAberdeenBritpop23
2.Ali LawBuchannessBritpop33
3.Steve TaylorAberdeenCorbie34
4.Bill OdgerBuchannessBritpop52

Full score sheet (pdf format)

Race Team
John Owens (RO), Cathy Reid, and others

IOM Scottish Wooden Hull Championship Kinghorn – Saturday 11th June 2016

The Scottish District IOM Wooden Hull Championship was held at Kinghorn Loch under the auspices of Kinghorn RSC on 11th June.

14 boats took part.

Report from Sandy Mackay (pdf format)

Top placings were:

PosSkipperClubHull designPoints
1.I DundasAberdeenCorbie 424
2.S TaylorAberdeenCorbie29
3.J OwensAberdeenCorbie48
4.A LawBuchannessVivid54
5.R RooneyPaisleyMcShee68
6R EnnosLevenhallEquus76

Full score sheet (pdf format)

Race Team
Sandy Mackay – RO (Kinghorn), Cathy Reid – Scorer (Buchanness)

IOM Scottish Travellers 2016 Event 2 – Forfar – 7th May 2016

The second Scottish District IOM Travellers event of 2016 was held at Forfar Loch on 7th May. 16 boats took part.

Full report from Tich Summers (pdf format)

Top placings were:

PosSkipperClubHull designPoints
1.A LawBuchannessBritpop24
2.S TaylorAberdeenBritpop31
3.I DundasAberdeenBritpop59
4.Brian SummersTaysideBuzz61

Full score sheet (pdf format)

Race Team
Boyd Baird (RO), Cathy Reid, Bill Odger, David Hyler

IOM Scottish District Championship 2016 Levenhall @ Castle Semple – 9th April 2016

The Scottish District IOM Championship was held at Castle Semple under the auspices of Levenhall RYC on 9th April.
14 boats took part.

Report from Richard Ennos (pdf format)

Top placings were:

PosSkipperClubHull designPoints
1.I DundasAberdeenBritpop28
2.P JohnstonGreenockBritpop44
3.S TaylorAberdeenBritpop52
4.John OwensAberdeenBritpop54
5.B SummersTaysideBuzz II56

Full score sheet (pdf format)

Race Team
Richard Ennos RO (Levenhall), David Smith (Paisley), Nick Cowern (Levenhall), John Handley (Levenhall), Tony Mitchell (Levenhall)

IOM Scottish Travellers 2016 Event 1 – Ayr Bay – 12th March 2016

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.

Top placings were:

Race Team
Pat Johnston (RO), Gordon Neill, Ken Hathaway, Ian Gordon

PosSkipperClubHull designPoints
1.I DundasAberdeenBritpop25
2.S TaylorAberdeenBritpop37
3.R RowanGreeenockCheinz55
4.Brian SummersTaysideBuzz73

MYA Scottish District Marblehead Championship / GAMES 2 Event 13th February 2016 – Ayr Bay

Report by Gordon Neil, Ayr Bay Radio Yacht Club

From the whole of Scotland, six skippers with a selection of older and newer Marbleheads attended at Irvine Beach Park Pond to compete in the SD M/Head Championship / Marblehead GAMES event hosted by Ayr Bay Radio Yacht Club.

Fantastic racing with these boats. Lean, mean, sailing machines – and elegant with it! A totally different experience. Why does this Class of boat not attract more skippers?

“A” rig was initially used then dropping down a rig to “B1” with a good constant wind direction from the East but with the usual flukiness at the windward mark due to the looming presence of the Magnum Leisure Centre. Surprising how these craft can hang on to the bigger sail and FLY in what you would normally consider to be time to change down a rig.

Robert Rooney was a clear winner. Gordon Neil and Jim Reid both sailed very consistently whereas Ali McGlauchlan put in an excellent set of results once his early gremlins were resolved. A great time had by all in spite of breakdowns and hitches particularly in the older boats. Perfect Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!

Let’s get more of these boats in the water and competing!

Score Sheet

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