Race Report The final race in the 2019 Scottish District IOM Travellers series was hosted…
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!