The 2018 Scottish District IOM Wooden Hull Championship was held at Kinghorn Loch under the auspices of Kinghorn RSC on 15th September. 12 boats took part.
Top placings were:
|1||S Taylor||Aberdeen||Corbie 5||30|
|2||I Dundas||Aberdeen||Corbie 5||41|
|4||R Rooney||Ayr Bay||Corbie||63|
|5||G Allison||Ayr Bay||Corbie||65|
Sandy Mackay (RO), Allan Court, David Marrs, Robert Brown, Hutch Grant and John Sadler
Photos (click to enlarge)
Report and photos by John Taylor
On the eve of the Marblehead World Championships in Germany, a few hundred miles across Europe, the stage was set for the Greenock Club to host this year’s Marblehead Open regatta. In recent years a decline in numbers has almost seen the Marblehead Class become extinct in Scotland. However, a handful of skippers last year made the effort to resurrect the class. Increased momentum this year saw a larger entry of 6 skippers from across the west of Scotland to the borders of England compete against each other.
It could be argued that this event represented grass roots sailing but it was all about rekindling the Marblehead class within Scotland. Yes, some of these boats were largely out dated in most areas but every yacht which was sailing had their moment of chance. It is hoped that next year even more skippers may consider ‘pimping’ their yachts. This means for minimal expense to make some improvements to increase performance. We shall see.
The event began with a light easterly breeze, but as the day continued the wind increased and skippers were forced to change to their B-rigs. 15 races were completed during the day with the results as follows:
1st John Taylor – Astrix – 17pts
2nd Damian Ackroyd – Astrix – 22pts
3rd Robert Rooney – Whisper – 29pts
4th Gordon Rae – Jive – 38pts
5th John Matheson – Wafer – 44pts
6th Gordon Neil – Wagner – 79pts
6 Radio Marblehead yachts took part in an open meeting at Greenock on Sunday 27th May. 2 of the skippers were from down south with the other 4 representing the 3 MYA clubs in the SW of Scotland.
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Report by John Taylor Photographs by Hugh Shields
The second race of the series got underway during the weekend. Local skipper Richard Rowan was determined to better his last result, from race 1 at Forfar Reservoir. His boat previously suffered radio failure, in which allowed his final score to be masked from his performance. Therefore, this was a chance to make amend from the first event. It was pleasing to see skippers willing to make the journey from all over Scotland to Greenock.
In all, 12 skippers arrived at the lakeside only to be greeted by a lake, which had virtually no wind. What little wind there was came from the north which became a challenge for the Race Team when setting a fair course. Mindful the event had to continue, the first race was started on time and by the lunch break 6 races were completed. At this stage Ian Dundas and Robert Rooney, both sailing versions of the Corbie design were sailing consistently. In the light, variable wind conditions skippers struggled to find space at the start line, knowing a good position at the start would potentially give them the advantage when sailing to the windward mark.
However, after the lunch break the wind changed and strengthened to the expected South Easterly direction. The Race Team immediately changed the course to the opposite side of the lake and motivated the skippers to return their boats to the water.
It was at this stage the competition started to become more interesting. Richard Rowan began to achieve more consistent scores. Ian Dundas continued to race conservatively. Brian Summers was never far away from the leaders and kept his challenge alive with a number of second places in the afternoon session.
After 19 rounds of sailing, congratulations went to Ian Dundas who won the event by 6pts, to second place Richard Rowan. The event was sailed with a positive and a fair competitive spirit. The wind conditions improved throughout the day, which allowed for a very enjoyable event hosted by the Greenock Club.
Many thanks goes to the race team of John Taylor, Hughie Shields, John Mason and David Smith.
1. Ian Dundas 38 Corbie 5 Aberdeen MYC 38
2. Richard Rowan 85 Cheinz Greenock MY&PBC 44
3. Brian Summers 7 BritPop Tayside RSC 45
4. Robert Rooney 71 Corbie Paisley MYC 58
5. Richard Ennos 84 Classic II Levenhall RYC 66
6. John Owens 33 Corbie Aberdeen MYC 93
7. David Stewart 30 Goth Tayside RSC 103
8. Ian Davidson 39 Ska Greenock MY&PBC 108
9. Gordon Rae 36 Sedici Greenock MY&PBC 115
10. Sandy Mackay 58 BritPop Kinghorn RSC 138
11. Tony Mitchell 15 MX14 Kinghorn RSC 143
12. Lindsay Odie 13 Goth Levenhall RYC 171