The MYA Scottish District IOM Travellers 2 will be hosted by Buchanness MYC at Forehill Reservoir on Saturday 11th June. This will be the second scoring event of the 2022 Scottish District IOM Travellers Series. The MYA SD Committee is very grateful to Buchanness MYC for hosting this event.
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!).
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.
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
The inaugural Scottish District DF95 Championship will be hosted by Greenock MY&PBC at Murdieston Dam on Saturday 14th May 2022. This should be an excellent event for this growing fleet in our District. If you have a DF95, please support the event by entering. If you do not have a DF95, why not go along and watch?
NOR and Entry Form (Word): click here
NOR and Entry Form (PDF): click here
As per the NOR, although entries are now closed, entries will be accepted up to noon, 23rd April 2022. The entry fee remains £50.
The Nationals are lining up to be a great event with a high calibre GBR and international entry. This presents a great opportunity for club and District sailors to meet, compete and learn from some of the best in the world. However, there is also intended to be a great deal of evening fun with the capacity of the Bowfield Hotel to host many skippers and their partners as well as the Sunday evening Social Event.
It will be great! So, come on, why not enter? (click here)
Planning is well advanced and the Scottish District Race Team is looking forward to welcoming the GBR, overseas skippers, families and friends. As of today (1st April), there are just thirteen places available with entry closing at noon on 16th April. Please get your entry in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
We are very grateful to our sponsors for supporting the event – Bowfield Hotel and Spa, BG Sails and Design, Catsails, Housemartin Sails, P.J. Sails, Potter Solutions, Robot Yachts, Smartwinch UK and Soch Sails.
The ever popular MYA Scottish District Wooden Hulled IOM Championship will be held at Forfar Loch on Saturday 16th April 2022. Subject to prevailing Covid regulations at the time, it is anticipated that the Forfar Sailing Club main clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets will be open during the event. The entry fee of £10 reflects the return of the excellent FSC catering!
The NOR and Entry Form can be accessed via the following links:
Planning for the event is well progressed and a high calibre volunteer race team has been assembled. The event is proving extremely popular with just 10 remaining places left (as of 20th February). To avoid disappointment, it is recommended that UK and international skippers submit your entries as soon as possible.
Event details, the NOR, link to the online entry page and the current entry list can be found here. Registration will be held during the afternoon of Friday 29th April with racing on Saturday 30th April until Monday 2nd May.
The MYA Scottish District looks forward to welcoming you to this premier event.
The MYA Scottish District IOM Travellers 1 will be hosted by Ayr Bay RYC at the Beach Pond, Irvine on Saturday 26th March 2022. The MYA SD Committee is very grateful to Ayr Bay RYC, Bill Lees and his race team for hosting this event. This will be the first Travellers event of 2022 and we look forward to the occasion. It will also be a great opportunity as a warm-up event for Scottish skippers entered the 2022 IOM UK National Championship at the end of April. (NB If you have not yet entered the Nationals, there are still places left.)
The 2022 MYA Scottish District events calendar is now published (click here). This is subject to review dependent on Covid, weed and specific host club circumstances.
Of note is the innovation of both the 2022 Scottish District DF65 Championship and the Scottish District DF95 Championship to reflect a broadening use of these classes in the District.
In conjunction with the MYA and IOMGBR, the MYA Scottish District is pleased to announce the Notice of Race for the 2022 MYA IOM National Championship. The event will take place at Castle Semple, Scotland on 29th April – 2nd May 2022.
For more information click here.
Entry for UK MYA members is now open via the MYA online entry and payment system.
Entries from members of foreign clubs will open from noon, Saturday 15th January 2022 for any remaining places (not taken by UK MYA members) up to the maximum limit of 84. A reserve list will be created for entries received once the entry limit has been reached. All entries shall be made by, and paid for, using the MYA on-line entry system. The closing date for entries is noon, 16th April 2022.
The MYA Scottish District looks forward to welcoming you to this event.