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North East Clubs 2005 Late Series Event 2 – Aberdeen – 19th November 2005

Despite a bitterly cold forecast there was a good turnout for the second event in the North East Clubs winter series. Four local skippers were joined by 3 visitors from the Brechin and 3 from the Buchanness clubs. The hard frost overnight had left ice on the fringe of the reservoir but the race area was clear and with sunny skies and a light wind of 5 knots from the west, it promised to be a good days sailing.

Skippers in all directions

Race Officer Ian Dundas assisted by his Breton crew of Jean and Corentin Guenec and Yannick Le Nours set a long starboard hand Olympic course.

RYGG handicap was used with 6 skippers starting on scratch. Racing commenced promptly at 11am and ran through until 3pm using the “3 and a break” format. After lunch the course was adjusted to port hand rounding and lengthened to take best advantage of good beating conditions. The wind died towards the end making for some interesting strategies from skippers searching for the better puffs and shifts.

Last race in fading light

10 races were completed. The Red and Yellow handicap sailors held off the challenges of the Scratch sailors in the first three races with Peter Lowe getting 2 wins with the club TS2 and Shakey getting a win with his Stealth. As the wind dropped the more experienced skippers came through with Colin Brown and Ali Law splitting the other 7 races 4 and 3. Colin Tait, returning to R/C sailing after the summer in dinghy’s, was regularly at the front as was Boyd Baird and Ralph Knowles. Ken Ewan and Mel Percival improved as the day progressed as they searched for the boat tune to suit the conditions and the best route up the beat.

In the end the overall winner was Colin Brown with his Italiko who stayed in the top three all day.

Final positions were:

PositionSkipperClubHull DesignPoints
1Colin BrownBuchanessItaliko14
2Ali LawBuchannessTopiko19
3Baird BoydBrechinIsis25
4Colin TateAberdeenItaliko27
5Ralph KnowlesBrechinIsis38
6Peter LoweAberdeenTS242
7Shakey BillBuchannessStealth44
8Mel PercivalBrechinItaliko48
9Ken EwanAberdeenStealth62
10D LatterAberdeenTS277

North East Clubs 2005 Late Series Event 1 – Brechin – 23rd October 2005

Brechin was the place to be on Sun 23rd – while it was p….sing down all day in Aberdeen and Dundee, we had a dry overcast day with a light NE wind at Brechin. Ten modern fast IOM’s entered with Skippers from all three of the North East Clubs. The Rygged Handicap system as modified by Brechin was used but as you would expect most of the Skippers were off scratch. At the end of the day, one handicap boat had got four seconds so the system seems to work.

The NE wind allowed a long beat down the full length of the pond but often the boats were so close there was a pile up at the windward mark. However, the long reaches back down the pond sorted them out and there was generally no trouble at the leeward marks. Shaky Bill had leaking problems with his new Stealth and Ali (non shaky) had servo failure changing two before he got going. Colin Brown was unbeatable from the start, he never did a thing wrong, the points gap shows this but it was Italico weather (if the others need an excuse).

Race officer Boyd thanked his assistants Ian Hotson, Grant Cuthbert and Club President Andrew Haxon.

Final positions were:

PositionSkipperClubHull DesignPoints
1Colin BrownBuchanessItaliko22
2Ian DundasAberdeenStealth33
3Ali LawBuchannessTopiko50
4Ralph KnowlesBrechinIsis54
5Mel PercivalBrechinItaliko73
6Murray HackneyBrechin3 Dogs87
7Jimmy RodgersBrechin3 Dogs107
8J MilneBrechinWidget114
9A PowellBrechinItaliko119
10Shakey BillBuchannessStealth153

NE Scotland – SW England Clubs IOM Invitation Event

North East Scotland / South West England Clubs IOM Invitation Event Peterhead and Aberdeen 1st and 2nd October 2005

Following on from friendships established at UK ranking events, the North East of Scotland skippers extended an invitation to the South West District skippers to come up and join them for a weekend of club racing. The event was intended to be based around good club racing, good fun and some good Scottish hospitality to justify the long trip for the visitors. To add numbers the North East clubs extended their invitation to other Scottish clubs making it an inter-district event.

The format of the weekend was to sail at Peterhead on the Saturday and Aberdeen on the Sunday with a dinner for all on Saturday night.

To add a bit of purpose to the sailing a Trophy in the form of a silver “Quaich” ( Scottish drinking cup ) was to play for between the local skippers and the visitors. The winning team would be the one with the lowest average score over the 2 days counting the scores of all their participants. No individual prizes would be awarded to the top guns but a “Man ( person) of the match” award would to be given to the most deserving skipper on each day.

Four stalwarts came up from the South West for the Peterhead event – Trevor Bamforth, Bob Conner, Sarah Conner and Alan Chidgey, duly accompanied by their cheerleader Sue Conner. They were joined by 7 local skippers and 2 visitors from Paisley – Richard Rowan and Bruce Davidson.
Saturday Top
The event kicked off on Saturday at Peterhead with typical Peterhead (Scottish) weather conditions – ie wind strength well up to the top end of No 2 rig and cold. Alistair Struthers OOD set good long courses and kept racing running smoothly over the day. During lunch the wind continued to strengthen and all skippers moved onto No 3 rig. This rig change took some time for the visitors as they had not used this rig very often ! Along with the wind came the rain and for a few races it was pretty grim. If the racing had not been so close and enjoyable some skippers would have called it a day. The sun came back just at the end of the afternoon with 13 races sailed.

Ali Law was devastating on his home water with 6 firsts, Trevor Balmforth managed 3 wins, Ian Dundas 2, Richard Rowan got 1 as did Robbie Buchan who we were all pleased to see back racing after a long illness. With the severe conditions only 2 skippers escaped the dnf/dns syndrome – Ken Ewen and Trevor Bamforth. Brian Robertson had a good day finishing in 6th just ahead of Bob Conner.

Average team results at the end of Day 1 were Locals 6.6 Visitors 7.6.

Man / Person of the Match went to the two youngest participants Sarah Conner and Peter Fowlie who doggedly continued despite the severe conditions and were always in good humour.

All left the reservoir damp but feeling positive about this inter district invitation event which had produced very close racing.

Socialising on Saturday evening

Honorary Scots
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Dinner on Saturday evening was held at the Lairhillock Inn with many wives coming along to join in the fun. The South West Team were presented with Scottish “Tammies” or “Hey Jimmy” hats which they vowed they would all wear on the Sunday. It was also announced that another keen ( very very keen / mad) skipper was on his way north. Nick Martin had called off due to work commitments but on Saturday he could not stand the disappointment so he got in his car and drove the 500 miles to join us arriving at Lairhillock just in time for dessert !


Disaster on Sunday – the water level at the Aberdeen reservoir had reduced to levels that risked having weed ! The event was therefore moved back to Peterhead which meant an hours drive for everyone but there was guaranteed good water and wind. The SW Team kept their promise and wore their tartan tammies. Alistair Struthers once again officiated as OOD.

The wind stayed on No 1 rig conditions all day and skippers were treated to even closer racing than on Saturday. Ian decided to sail his wooden boat as Trevor had produced the initial lines. Ali decided to sail Ian’s Stealth as a mark of respect for Trevor who had designed the boat and made the sails.

A big smile was on Ali`s face after he won 6 of the first 7 races proving that either the Stealth is a good boat with bad skippers or Ali is a good skipper with bad boats ? Racing was very close and several places could be gained or lost right up to the finish line. Richard Rowan eventually got back into his usual groove and at the end of the day was counting firsts and seconds to win by one point ahead of Ali. Bruce Davidson sailed his Italiko very well into 3rd two points ahead of Trevor Bamforth. Ian`s woody made it to 5th ahead of Nick (Jeremy Clarkson) Martin. The rest of the SW Team had improved but not enough to take the “Quaich” out of the hands of the local team.

Day 2 average team scores were Locals 6.2 Visitors 6.8

Man of the Match went to Nick Martin who took home a local blended malt from Bennachie in recognition of his commitment to the event.

Overall result

The Overall Score for the weekend was Locals 6.4 Visitors 7.2

The real winner was club racing and the friendships that were established between competitors. It is hoped that a reciprocal event will be held in the South West in 2006.

Saturday Scoresheet    Sunday Scoresheet

North East team  
Ali Law12
Ian Dundas35
Richard Rowan41
Bruce Davidson53
Brian Robertson611
Ken Ewen810
Shakey Bill912
Robbie Buchan11-
Total NE5944
Daily Average6.66.2
Overall Average6.4
South West team  
Trevor Bamforth24
Bob Connor77
Sarah Connor109
Alan Chidgey128
Nick Martin-6
Total SW3134
Daily Average7.76.8
Overall Average7.2

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 5 – Brechin – 13th August 2005

report by Boyd Baird

Thanks to all who supported the Travellers at Brechin today, especially the visitors who out numbered the local boats . I think all who sailed enjoyed the event – the rain being hardly noticeable and the wind being there for all but two races. 16 races were completed. So much for the forecast – wind SW going NW 20 knots and rain clearing, we had SE going NE back and forward at best 2 knots.

Richard Rowan was on top form winning 12 of the 16 races. We suspect he had help from the wee people * that follow the Irish – if we ever can prove he gets outside help he’s out. Ian Dundas with his much modified Stealth did give Richard some competition to come second closely followed by Colin Brown.

The lunch and afternoon tea as always was great.

One serious note from the Scottish Senior Measurer (that’s me) – it is the owners responsibility to ensure that they keep their boat to measurement, no boat submitted for weighting should be light, if it is it is illegal and cannot compete in the event. It also means that if it has been racing at its own club or other event where no measurement was taken then the skipper has cheated. Owners must make sure such things are avoided .

Score sheet

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 4 – Greenock – 16th July 2005

Nine skippers turned out for the 4th Travellers of the year at Greenock. It was good to see Robert Rooney sailing – Robert is normally to be found doing some duty or other on the race team. Also sailing was Bob Collins from Paisley, he has been absent from the Travellers series since last year. Shakey Bill was sailing his new (green) Stealth for the first time.

Race Officer Hugh Shields got the racing started in a good westerly breeze with a strength just at the top of the A rig. The general wind direction remained in the west throughout the day but there were quite large shifts about the mean direction. Consequently, the racing was very intense with places to be made or lost depending on which side of a shift you might be on. In one race, Ian Dundas pulled up from eighth round the last mark to second over the finishing line by simply going further out to starboard than anyone else up the last beat.

Unfortunately, there was some weed in the pond – if you picked up some weed and were lucky, you could just lose the edge of your boat speed – if not, you could be slowed down quite significantly. It was fortunate that the event was held this weekend, it is likely that the weed will develop considerably over the next few weeks with the possibility of the event being cancelled or postponed.

Eight races were held in the morning session – the conditions produced four boats each having one or more wins. At lunch time, Ian Dundas had worked out a useful lead over Richard Rowan and Ali Law. The afternoon session saw another 10 races completed. Richard started to get the bit between his teeth after lunch and produced an excellent run of results to eventually win the event. Ian Dundas held on to come in second only 4 points behind Richard. Unfortunately, Ali Law had 3 bad races counting two 7ths and one 8th. With eventually only 2 discards applying, that increased his final score sufficiently so that he finished in 3rd position. Although David Loomes was frequently top be seen at the front of the fleet, he wasn’t able to produce the necessary low race finishing positions and eventually took fourth position overall (perhaps its time for him to upgrade his IOM).

Score sheet

Karachi Cup & Boussy Medallion – Castle Semple – 25-26 June 2005

YearHost ClubWinnersSailed in
1996Paisley MYCEnglandR6Ms
1997Greenock MYCEnglandR6Ms
1998Two Islands RYCScotlandR6Ms
1999Paisley MYCEnglandR6Ms
2000Watermead MBCEnglandR6Ms
2001Greenock MYCEnglandR6Ms
2002Not sailed  
2003Not sailed  
2004Not sailed  
2005Paisley MYCEnglandIOMs
The Karachi Cup

The Karachi Cup

A short history of the Karachi Cup

by Mike Barr November 2000

In 1994 I wrote to the 6M Owners Association suggesting an annual competition between England and Scotland but no reply was received. The concept still attracted me considerably because there was a degree of disarray within the politics of model yachting in Scotland, viz a viz the SMYA and the MYA, and I had not been able to obtain any response from the 6M Owners Association in England.

At the third attempt I was told to “do my own thing” – so was happy to develop the concept without treading on anyone’s toes.

On a business visit to Pakistan in 1995 I happened to pass a Trophy shop in Karachi and after some fierce price haggling by my Pakistani Hosts, the magnificent Karachi Cup was acquired for the princely sum of £26. The name being doubly appropriate because of rugby’s Calcutta Cup.

The next major problem was to decide how to pick our own team and equally important how to find a team to compete against- particularly as the Association had not wanted to be involved for whatever reason.

Being new to model racing I had been surprised what a serious business it was and thought the social side, which I was more accustomed to from a rugby background, was sorely lacking. I therefore hoped that the weekend’s sailing should be matched with much socialising and, in true Scots tradition, ”have a dram or two” afterwards.

Most importantly to build, and renew, friendships whatever the racing result.

The racing had to be conducted at the highest level of proficiency, and in a Gentlemanly order, so that “turns” would always be done on the water and therefore no long delays with Protests and certainly no ill feelings. The result would be decided by a series of team races of six skippers per country.

Graham Bantock was approached with some trepidation and saved the day by agreeing to lead the English team to visit Paisley MYC which was also holding it’s Club Centenary. The team comprised Graham Bantock, Keith Skipper, Martin Roberts, Phil Playle, Anthony Corbett, and Chris Harris. A formidable array!

The Scottish Team comprised Richard Rowan, Pat Johnston, Gordon Price, Drew Taylor, Neil Graham and John Breingan.

Scotland was trounced by an embarrassing margin at Paisley in 1996 but the seed had hopefully been sown for the future.

A suitable Deed of Gift had been drafted with Anthony Corbett’s excellent assistance and the only subtle variation was that to be eligible to represent your country you could be a permanent resident in that Country, or by birthright. (Our best skipper at the time was Richard Rowan, living north of the border but Irish by birth). Similarly in true gentlemanly fashion a substitute yacht or skipper could substitute for either side as required.

The Deed of Gift should have been signed at that time but the welcoming party at Mill O’ Beith meant that the ceremony was overlooked. At least the social side had worked!

In 1997 the English opted to return to Scotland and the venue moved to Greenock where a very close result ensued. The scoring of each race produced a ”win draw or lose” result rather than the first years aggregation of points being the deciding factor – a much better way of scoring. England won by a narrow margin. For Scotland, the arrival of the new ‘Ravenna’ six metre, also designed by Graham Bantock, was an advantage over the ‘Dolphins’ seen the previous year in the Scottish team.

The Deed of Gift was finally signed at Royal Gourock Yacht Club at Gourock in Scotland in September 1997.

In 1998 Two Islands M Y C in Milton Keynes hosted the event. Their hospitality at the Nationals, two year’s previous, had been truly in the spirit intended for the Karachi Cup so we were delighted to accept their invitation. Scotland won convincingly to extract revenge for the previous two years. A humorous and friendly touch was that a few lines of the relevant National Anthem being played on a tape recorder after each race to notify the result that race!

Anthony Corbett, the English Captain that year, also withdrew a critical protest that one of the Scottish yachts had a “hollow” because (a) the yacht was immediately replaced and (b) the decision should be “in keeping with the spirit of the Karachi Cup”. It made my day.

In 1999 England won in very poor weather conditions at Paisley. Yacht reliability and lack of preparation being a deciding factor. Regrettably, unlike the previous year, the event was also marred by too many protests.

The Millenium Race was held at Watermead on 7th October 2000 in appalling weather conditions. England again regained the Karachi Cup by a substantial margin. The hospitality of our hosts was exceptional and the event was noticable by the good-humoured attitude of the contestants and the lack of protests.

In 2001 the race was held at Greenock which again England won and an excellent dinner was held at Royal Gourock Yacht Club in the evening.

No race was held for the following three years principally through lack of available R6M’s and skippers.

So in 2005 the race will be held in IOM’s at the very good sailing water at Castle Semple near Lochwinnoch in Ayrshire on 25 June with the evening celebrations at nearby Bowfield Hotel & Country Club in Howwood for the contestants and their families. All are welcome.

This year it is anticipated that there will be no protests, or Appeals, as Umpires will be involved. The Scottish District are arranging the Race Management for the event, and for selecting the Scottish team. T hey are also arranging an Open Event for IOM’s on the Sunday, also at Castle Semple, to complete the weekend’s sailing to which all are invited

The Karachi Cup was donated to Paisley MYC to commemorate its Centenary in 1996.

Mike Barr 2005

England  Scotland 
George Beacroft (Captain)Chelmsford RYC David Loomes (Captain)Paisley MYC
Graham BantockChelmsford RYC Ali LawBuchaness MYC
Mark DennisChelmsford RYC Ian DundasAberdeen MYC
Martin RobertsBirkenhead MY&PBC Colin BrownBuchaness MYC
Chris ElliotBirkenhead MY&PBC Boyd BairdBrechin Castle Centre MBC
Graham BartholomewChelmsford RYC Richard RowanPaisley MYC
   Graham CampbellPaisley MYC

Boussy Medallion report

On Sunday 26th June, the Karachi Cup skippers were joined by a number of other English and Scottish skippers for the Boussy Medallion open race. 18 boats took part and the event was run using two fleets. Race Officer David Loomes managed to get 8 races completed despite having an initial delay waiting for late comers who were staying in the Bowfield (slow breakfast service was the reason given ! ) and a 1/2 hour lunch break (by skipper demand).

The top five placings were
1 – Graham Bantock, 2 – Richard Rowan, 3 – Mark Dennis, 4 – George Beacroft, 5 – Ian Dundas.

Race team RO David Loomes, Ali Law and Hugh Shields

Overall Results    Score Sheet

Graham Bantock receives the Medallion from David Loomes

Graham Bantock receives the Medallion from David Loomes

The prize winners and race team

The prize winners and race team

Some interested spectators

“B” heat start

“A” heat start

Another “A” heat start

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 3 – Buchanness – 4th June 2005

Report by Alistair Law

Nine skippers turned out for the 3rd Travellers of the year. Colin Brown the Buchanness commodore welcomed the skippers and introduced Andrew Haxton of the Brechin club who acted as Race Officer helped by Peter Fowlie of the home club.

The wind was from a northerly direction and quite steady with a speed of about 7mph. The RO set a triangle and sausage course using the ample size of the reservoir with port rounding, therefore the marks were easy to see.

The sailing commenced at 10.15 with the first block of three races. Richard Rowan looking good won the first race with David Loomes 2nd, Colin Brown 3rd and Alistair Law 4th. Unfortunately Richard could not quite keep this up and slipped back with the occasional flash of the old skill. David Loomes took up the running with a win and looked good for the day – indeed he was sailing much better than of late yet he too fell away. Colin Brown brought on a challenge but he too faded away. It finally took Alistair Law sailing his new Topiko to stamp his authority on the regatta and eventually win it from Richard, David and Colin.

It was good to see some (maybe not so) young new skippers to the sport making an impression on the racing, namely Colin McGinnis and Jimmy Bisset – surely with some more regattas behind them they will be up among the front runners.

All In all, it was a very good days sailing with very few incidents and close racing throughout the fleet – well worth the effort to host and sail in the event.

Score sheet

IOM Scottish Travellers Event 2 – Paisley – 14th May 2005

The second event in the 2005 Travellers series was held at Barshaw Park on a warm and sunny day. 11 boats took part representing the Buchaness, Aberdeen, Brechin and Paisley clubs. The racing started in a gentle easterly breeze which held up until nearly the end of the day’s sailing. This enabled RO Robert Rooney to run 22 races.

Over the first 3 races, there was a different skipper in first place, with extremely tight racing throughout the fleet. However, as the morning proceeded, Richard Rowan got a good setup on his Italiko and managed a run of 5 firsts in a row. Alistair Law and Ian Dundas pursued him in vain. Unfortunately, Graham Campbell’s day ended prematurely with a boat control failure.

After lunch, the wind dropped and became much more variable in direction. Consequently, Alistair and Ian took first place in a greater number of races. However, the “Green Boat” was never far behind and ended the day’s racing with a good lead.

A new member from Brechin, Colin McGinnis, was taking part in his first Travellers series event. After a slow start in the morning, he gradually improved over the day and ended with a excellent 3rd place in the final race (this despite having a boat which was nearly 80 gms overweight).

All boats were check weighed prior to starting the event. This yielded the following weight statistics:
Fins -20 to +8 gms Boats in number 1 rig -50gms to +140gms. Obviously, boats which didn’t weight correctly were sorted before racing commenced.

Score sheet

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