What a great event this turned out to be! Nine skippers attended and it was generally felt that the event was very worthwhile, introducing very different boat class competitively racing together. This was achieved as follows :
1. Each different class of boat initially took place in a “handicapping race” on an arbitrary timed starting advantage – Lasers 40 seconds, IOMs 20 seconds and scratch for Marbleheads.
2. The first boats over the finish line in each class had their finish time differences recorded and from the information gained a more representative starting advantage (SA) was obtained for each of the classes.
3. These SA’s were adopted for the subsequent races and only adjusted at the discretion of the RO if a course change or other factor was thought to be valid.
4. The theory was that the best skipper in each class of boat would have an equal chance of crossing the finishing line together.
The skippers were encouraged to enter a boat in each of the three classes and had the opportunity to sail any one of their boats in any race if they thought that conditions had changed to suit one boat class over the others. The skippers name was recorded in the finishing place of each of the pursuit races run, and the boat type raced to allow the recording of the Pursuit race position and to allow results to be awarded for the best skipper in each class of boat sailed. Surprisingly, this worked out very well !
The course set was a standard triangle – sausage. Wind strength was initially from the East and fairly light, but veered round to the south-east as the day went on and increased in strength, giving some exciting racing. Four Marbleheads, six IOMs and five Lasers were registered for the event by the nine skippers attending. A total of seventeen races were sailed with the Marbleheads winning six races, the IOMs winning eight races and the Lasers winning three. Five races in particular were to vindicate the determined starting advantage with a boat in each class finishing in the first three places (Lasers in two of them).
Pat Johnston won the Pursuit Race and was the only skipper to race all three different classes, obtaining first place in the Marblehead and IOM classes with a fourth place in the Lasers. He also won overall with 25pts, to Jim Reid’s 29pts and Gordon Allison’s 30pts. Very close results. Jim Reid sailed both his Marblehead and IOM achieving second place overall with second place in the Marblehead and IOM classes just in front of Gordon Allison who only sailed his IOM and spent a fair amount of time in each race coaching his brother, Bernie, a prospective new member? (no outside assistance!! happily forgiven). Young Gordon Winton took the Laurels for the Laser Class coming in with first place from Ian Gordon and Billy Lees. He also came in a worthy fourth place in the overall Pursuit race. Race Officer for the day was Gordon Neil.
By general consensus it was agreed that this Pursuit Racing idea should become part of ABMYCs annual calendar of events in future, but with the wish that more competitive skippers would attend to demonstrate their skills.
|Pursuit Race||1st||Pat Johnston||25|
Report by Gordon Neil
A smashing days sailing in great conditions. “A” sail in the morning and “B” thereafter. There were twenty races completed. The presence of weed affected some more than others. A great pity as we have not been so badly affected before this year.
In summary, it was a day for the three “Gordon’s”. Well done to Gordon Allison who showed us the way particularly having only sailed a Laser about four times. Gordon Neil was second and our club mascot young Gordon Winton was third overall : brilliant!
Thanks to everyone for making the effort to attend and contributing to an excellent day’s fun on the water.
A very exciting days racing at the Beach Park Pond in Irvine for the first RC Laser event to be held in Scotland under the auspices of the Scottish District of the MYA. Not as big a turn out as had been expected with nine skippers attending including two from the newest SD club (Rhu Lasers) and one member from Paisley. Pat Johnston, from Greenock MYC kindly acted as RO for the day having a hard time of it continually revising the courses due to a constantly veering wind starting the day being from the South East and finishing from the South West. This was an interesting experience for Pat, who had never been involved with RC Laser sailing before and has committed himself to acting as RO for the RC Laser Nationals to be held at Castle Semple in September.
The course was a “standard” triangle / sausage with the finish being down wind back across the start line. The windward mark was maybe just a bit too far away making the fetching and rounding of the mark more than a little difficult, particularly with the glare from the sun making the boats, and the mark, practically invisible at times! Needless to say, some robust contacts made here! And a good few misses of the mark.
The days racing commenced with C sails, rapidly being swapped for B sails followed by A sails, down to C again, and finally, for the rest of the day, the D sail. All of this sail changing within the first four races! RC Laser sail changes are so easy – clip off, clip on and away we go. Bruce Davidson battled hard in the first four races with Ian Duncan of Rhu Lasers, Gordon Neil from Ayr Bay and Gordon Allison from Paisley, Bruce taking a 1st, two 2nds and a DNS, with Ian taking one DNS and three 1sts, Gordon Neil taking 5th, 4th, 3rd and a 2nd with Gordon Allison taking 2nd, 3rd, 5th and a 3rd.
Ian Duncan was really coming in to top form, but in the fifth race, while having a tussle leading the race with Gordon Neil hard at his heels rounding the windward mark decided to try to walk on the water – no matter how good you think you are, this is NOT recommended! As a consequence that particular race was abandoned and Ian took no further part in the proceedings.
The wind strength increased throughout the day. The D sail being overpowered fairly regularly, with submarining boats and wild fluctuations in course when running downwind as skippers tried valiantly to steer a proper course. The racing was curtailed after eighteen races, as all skippers were tiring rapidly with winds increasing to almost unmanageable levels.
The Results :
1st Bruce Davidson, Ayr Bay. 37pts
2nd Gordon Neil, Ayr Bay 41pts
3rd John Patterson, Rhu Lasers 49pts
4th Gordon Winton, Ayr Bay 61pts
5th Norman McDonald 73pts
6th Ian Gordon 99pts
7th Gordon Allison 106pts (retired race 9)
8th Ian Duncan 133pts (retired race 5)
9th Ward Graham 174pts (retired race 2)