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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

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