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2022 UK IOM National Championship (30th April – 2nd May)

Report by John Owens, photos by Sue Brown (click here), videos by Patrick Smith (click here)

Hosted by the MYA Scottish District at Castle Semple Loch, there were 65 entries comprising 57 from the UK and 8 overseas (4 from Sweden and 1 each from Ireland, Norway, Turkey and the USA). When competitors arrived for registration and pre-event boat measurement on Friday 29th April, it was a warm, sunny day with a gentle breeze for some informal post-travel tuning races.

Saturday was a different matter! Initially, it was overcast and much cooler. Following the Skippers’ Briefing, John Owens (PRO) and Peter Baldwin (ARO) set a windward leeward course. Additional marks were also laid to accommodate the forecast wind shifts. Five seeding races were run with the winners being Brad Gibson, Rob Walsh, Graham Elliott, Odd Ørnulf Stray (Norway) and Graham Bantock. The fleet was then sorted into five heats each for Races two and three and following Race 3, the fleet was sorted into four heats.

As the day wore on the waterproofs were donned and the rain came down. There was not a constant wind direction and the course had to be continually reset despite the additional marks. Amongst unconvincing mutterings of “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear”, the heats continued. At the end of Day#1, five races had been completed with Graham Elliott leading with 10 points, followed by Rob Walsh (12 points) and Peter Feldman of the USA (13 points). A great job had been done by the boatmen (Brian Crawford and Malcolm Davies) as well as the Finishing Line Team (Judith Baldwin, Ann Dennis and Min Edwards). The soaking-wet Race Team and skippers then rigged down and retired to the warmth of their accommodation to dry out, warm up and have some sustenance!

Sunday was dry (hooray!) but the wind conditions were again challenging for the Race Team to set fair courses. Castle Semple Loch is aligned NE-SW and the breeze was generally southerly. There were numerous frustrating delays due to significant wind shifts. In addition, with the start line just offshore from the control area, the windward mark had to be laid at a fair distance for clear vision (if not beyond for some!) yet provide a reasonable first beat. The compromise was not ideal but you cannot control the wind direction. To compensate for the comparatively short course, three beats (rather than two) were sailed.

Unfortunately, the consequence of a short first beat was too many port tack boats chancing their luck trying to get through the starboard tack boats laying the mark with numerous collisions forming rafts of yachts. Following a number of heats where this behaviour recurred, a conversation was held with the fleet encouraging good sportsmanship and appropriate application of the Racing Rules of Sailing.

Throughout the day, each race was comprised of 4 heats per race with 6 boat promote/6 demote. Despite the challenging wind conditions, by the end of the day a further four races had been completed. In the lead was Peter Stollery (20 points) followed by Brad Gibson (also on 20 points), Rob Walsh (22 points) closely followed by Graham Elliott (23 points).

On Sunday evening the Event Dinner was held at the Bowfield Hotel and Country Club where a good time was had by all (especially the children!). Grateful thanks were extended to our Event Sponsors who generously donated prizes – BG Sails and Design, Catsails, Housemartin, Potter Solutions, Robot Yachts, Smartwinch UK, Soch Sails and P.J. Sails.

Monday, 2nd May was the third and final day with it all to play for throughout the fleet. However, the forecast was for fickle winds during the day making for another testing time for the race team and skippers alike. Despite laying a spread of marks, the very light and shifty winds made for slow progress and culminated in a delay of 90 minutes waiting for a breeze to return. Once it did return and a fair course could be laid, it was initially a similar course to the previous day beating into a southerly breeze. However, for the last two heats, the wind shifted to the north-east and significantly increased. This breeze with the associated chop, really brought the boats alive in the A rig although one skipper in A Heat chose a B rig. This optimum wind direction allowed for an extremely long course to be set and some excellent racing was seen.

With only two further races on Day # 3 a total of eleven races had been completed across a range of wind directions, strengths and courses providing a test of skipper’s skills (and patience!).

Congratulations to:
2022 UK IOM National Champion Brad Gibson
2nd Rob Walsh
3rd Peter Stollery
4th Graham Elliott

Brad thanked the MYA Scottish District Race Team (with supporting members!) for doing so well in very testing conditions to host such a high quality and enjoyable event.

Results – 2022 UK IOM National Championship

Trophies were also presented to:
MYA Junior Skipper – Oliver Stollery (highest ranked under 18 skipper)
MYA Novice Skipper – Peter Feldman, USA (highest ranked skipper sailing for the first time in the UK IOM National Championship)
MYA David Perkins Memorial Award – David Smith (for his organisational contribution to the event over many months)
MYA Scottish District Boussy Medallion – Andrea Roberts

 

 

SD 2020 IOM Travellers Series – NOR for Travellers 1

The NOR has been issued for the first event in the 2020 Scottish District IOM Travellers Series to be hosted by the Ayr Bay MYC. It will take place at Beach Park Pond, Harbourside, Irvine on Saturday 21st March 2020 and the event organiser is Bill Lees.

Entry is open to all members of MYA Scottish District Clubs and to visiting members of other MYA Clubs. All boats shall comply with IOM Class rules. Competitors shall be required to undertake to sail in accordance with the RYA Sailing Charter.

The NOR can be downloaded here . To enter, please use the MYA online system or contact the event organiser directly whose details are included in the NOR..

SD 2019 Travellers 3 5th October – Result

Race Report

The final race in the 2019 Scottish District IOM Travellers series was hosted by Tayside RSC at their home waters of Forfar Loch on the 5th October 2019 with Ali Law (Buchanness) acting as Race Officer. Forfar Sailing Club opened up their excellent facilities and provided sustenance throughout the day for the competitors and race team which was much appreciated.

Forfar Loch did live up to its reputation for providing great close racing but a bit more breeze on the day would have been good.

Results

  1. Steve Taylor
  2. Ian Dundas
  3. Brian Summers

The full report can be downloaded here (PDF document).

Bart’s Bash @ SD IOM Woodies 14th Sept 2019

Steve Taylor has forwarded a notice with regards the SD collection for Bart’s Bash at the IOM Woodies on 14th September 2019. This event fell over the weekend 14th/15th September with MYA Districts given free reign on what they wished to do.

As this coincided with the 2019 MYA Scottish District IOM Wooden Championship where we have a good cross section of the district sailing, it was decided that we would have a collection from all those attending. The Competitors stepped up to this and managed to raise a grand total of £62.60 over the course of a blustery but dry day

These monies will be forwarded to the Andrew Simpson Foundation as part of the Scottish District’s support of this worthy cause.

To read Steve’s notice it can be downloaded here (pdf file).

SD 2019 Wooden IOM Meeting 14 Sep – Report and Results

Kinghorn Radio Sailing Club hosted the above event on Saturday 14th September 2019. Copies of the report and results forwarded by Sandy Mackay can be downloaded (pdf) from the link below.

Congratulations go to Ian Dundas (Aberdeen) sailing a Corbie 5, Brian Summers (Tayside) second with a Buzz III and Steve Taylor (Aberdeen) sailing third with another Corbie 5.

Report – 2019 IOM Woodie Kinghorn – Report

Results – 2019 MYA Scottish IOM Wooden Hull Championships – Results

NOR – SD 2019 Travellers 3 – Forfar 5th October

The NOR has been issued for the last event in the Scottish District IOM Travellers Series to be held at Forfar Loch on Saturday 5th October 2019.

Entry is open to all members of MYA Scottish District Clubs and to visiting members of other MYA Clubs. All boats shall comply with IOM Class rules. Competitors shall be required to undertake to sail in accordance with the RYA Sailing Charter.

The NOR can be downloaded here – NOR IOM Travellers 3 2019

Online entry is available Here

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