The MYA Scottish District 2022 IOM Travellers 2 was hosted by Buchanness RYC. Eight skippers competed on an eventful day with high wind conditions in stark contrast to the light winds at the Travellers 1 event hosted by Ayr Bay earlier in the year. In the morning, everyone sailed with the “C” rig having to deal with a significant chop and shifty winds. At lunchtime, the wind had sufficiently moderated for most skippers to change to their “B” rigs although at times when sailing downwind, it could still be a hand-full controlling the boats. Thanks to Buchanness RYC for an extremely well run event which was sailed with good humour and no protests delaying the racing.
Photos by George Cordiner:
Report by Richard Rowan, photos by David Addison
This inaugural event is the first significant DF95 regatta to be held in the MYA Scottish District for one of the new generation of radio sailing classes. These boats have been described as providing the next step in high performance radio controlled yacht sailing at a fraction of the price of the longer standing equivalents in the UK.
Twelve skippers from throughout Scotland brought their DF95s to Greenock for the 2022 MYA Scottish District Championship. They arrived with an expectation of good conditions for racing at Greenock. Their expectation was fulfilled.
The event started with a 10 knot wind from a direction varying between South West and West. That permitted the Race Committee to lay a starting line right in the eastern corner of the dam which then provided a good beat up to one or other of the windward marks that had been laid across the centre of the dam at the Clubhouse end. After the windward mark, there was short reach to a wing mark followed by a run to the leeward mark which was near the starting mark. This general wind direction and strength held for the day which made for an easy life for the Race Committee and lots of reasonably challenging racing for the competitors. All this combined with the bonus of a lovely late spring / early summer afternoon – with no rain!
The day can be summarised as sixteen races completed with time set aside for a morning refreshment break and a good lunch break (the lunch provided was up to the best Greenock standard!). No skipper carved out any significant advantage with each of the leading skippers having a run of good results followed by a few not so good.
The eventual 2022 MYA Scottish District DF95 Champion (Chris Nichols) made a good start, keeping out of trouble on the start line and picking the good shifts up the first beat giving him a number of good placings. Chris appeared to have very good boat speed which frequently allowed him to recover from the odd mishap. His results show great consistency with no score worse than a 3rd until the very last race when undoubtedly it would seem that his nerves had finally got the better of him.
At the start of the event, Ali Law was overheard saying that this was the first time he had seriously raced his DF95. After a relatively bad first race, he settled into producing a number of good results. However, these were interspersed with a number of poor results which ultimately increased his overall score. The trim of his boat always looked quick and was observed making regular good starts right at the far end of the starting line.
Gordon Allison started slowly and then gradually settled into improving his race craft so that by the end of the day, he had achieved a number of first places. At the final count, Ali and Gordon were tied on points but Ali took overall second place with six 1st places as opposed to Gordon who had two. In fourth place was Robert Rooney who sailed fairly consistently but at times found it difficult to get the higher placings required to compete for the lead.
Finally, our Greenock club race convenor, Ian Davidson, with his bright red/orange hull is congratulated for his fifth place overall. His score line shows three 2nd places in amongst his run of places in the middle of the fleet. However, his scores do not reflect are the number of times where he was well placed with good boat speed and particularly good choice of line on the runs, only to then suffer little misfortunes which would just drop him back from the front of the race. Next time Ian will do better.
Reviewing the results, it is seen that the event finished with only 10 points between 1st and 4th and everyone enjoyed a great day of racing and camaraderie.
Race team: Richard Rowan (RO), Bill Terry, Simon Thomson, David Addison, John Douglas (all from Greenock MY&PBC) and Malcolm Durie (Scorer) from Kinghorn RSC. Thanks also to David Smith who provided lots of help to Malcom who was running the scoring at his first significant Scottish District 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
On 16th April 2022, this uniquely Scottish District IOM event was hosted by Tayside Radio Sailing Club at their home venue of Forfar Loch. The twelve wooden hull IOM’s were built to a very high standard and looked beautiful in the sun.
The event was very challenging due to variable wind conditions (direction and strength) which tested everyone’s skills. At times, a little bit of luck also helped! Nevertheless, the event was sailed in very good spirits with all turns done on the water. Thanks are due to Tayside RSC for so efficiently running the event and to Forfar Sailing Club for the superb catering.
Report & photos by David Williams (click here)
Results (click here)