Hectic sailing week at Forfar

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Five boats ventured out for the final race of the first Tuesday night series. Jim Green (Solo) took the brave decision to launch from the northshore and sail round the loch to the start line - unfortuately due to the lack of wind this led to him starting over 10 minutes late.

Murray Hadden, Graeme Knox and Hannah Oosterhoorn (Laser, Laser and Topper) started well - Becci Oosterhoorn (Enterprise) also was a bit late to the line.

In the light to no wind conditions it was tricky finding the breeze to make progress. Graeme did best at that and quickly built up a commanding lead - even a breeze filling in from the back of the fleet did not allow anyone to challenge him. Jim overcame his 10-minute deficit at the start to finish second with Murray third and Becci fourth. Hannah decided that enough was enough and did not finish.

The series result was: 1, Malcolm Heron; 2, Tony Walker; 3 Jim Green.

Final positions of the first Thursday pursuit series were already decided so it was for practice that Jim Green set off in his Solo followed by the Lasers of Murray Hadden and Graeme Knox. The day had been blustery and Murray entertained the others by capsizing in spectacular fashion before the start in a squall, but the westerly wind then eased considerably minutes later so there were no further hairy moments.

Murray then gave Graeme some concern by hanging on to his wake for half the race until a small error allowed the more experienced sailor to get away. Graeme went on to overtake Jim, whose turn it then was to watch Murray closing in on his transom, followed by relief when time was called just before an overtake could be planned.

The club held an Open Day on Saturday which was well attended and several people including previous members took to the water for a spin round the loch. They and the supporting members enjoyed the now established and well appreciated high standard of baking, soup and other treats provided by Cait and Gail Adams in the clubhouse.

After a full day at the club on Saturday it was understandable only a few turned out for racing on Sunday.

A mixed fleet comprised David Smith (Firefly), Jim Green (Solo), Becci Oosterhoorn (Enterprise) and Graeme Knox (Laser) and with no race officer two pursuit races were agreed.

Conditions provided a shifty, fickle southerly wind blasting one second and literally dying the next, and both single handers had early capsizes. This allowed David a clean break and he started building a lead.

Becci decided conditions were at the limit for her safety and retired, and only through experience Graeme caught David with less than six minutes to go to take first followed by David then Jim.

The second race was in similar but slightly lighter conditions which favoured a Solo and Jim actually retook the lead on two occasions after being caught by Graeme where the pair had a battle to the end, Graeme pipping first, Jim second and Dave third.

Places in the forthcoming training weekend of May 31 and June 1 are now being accepted with several now booked – see website for details.