The Forfar Sailing Club race on Tuesday of last week was held in a typical damp spring evening with little wind, a light south easterly breeze switching 90 degrees before the start and the short course initially set reversed to accommodate.
Malcolm Heron and Craig Knox in Lasers and Jim Green and Tony Walker in Solos met a rarely seen class at Forfar, though one often seen elsewhere, when cadet Anna Sturrock appeared with her Optimist.
In unusually fickle winds even Tony Walker, usually a master of these circumstances found it hard work, but Malcolm Heron may have found a niche and despite his choice of boat was well in front by the end of the race, followed by Jim Green, who may also be coming to terms with the foibles of local wind ghosts and they finished first and second.
Tony and Craig had a hard time of it for fourth and fifth but it was Anna who stole the show that evening as despite this being her first race at the loch in her wee boat she sailed very well into third.
Only Craig and Jim again ventured onto the water for another race in light winds on the Thursday evening and in the pursuit race Jim remained in the lead - just.
When Sunday dawned, light winds from the east brought low misty clouds promising wind but delivering slight drafts and heavy rain instead.
The two races were soggy affairs, the second a single lap around a course of moderate distance. Nevertheless competitors still had to concentrate and work for their places.
Despite having a new sail, Tony Cook’s Laser was not in its usual place at the front, as Malcolm Heron has currently stolen the local “light wind speed king” moniker and pushed him into second in both races after some close battles.
Sally Heron (Solo) in her first outing of the year was third both times, leaving Craig Knox pondering two fourth positions, despite having sailed well he lost out badly simply through inexperience.
The first club open day is on April 28 and from 10 am anyone can pop along to the club for a free sail.
Just take suitable clothes- ie if it’s windy bring a waterproof jacket, lightweight or training shoes, a towel and a change of clothes! (Children under 16 must be accompanied at the venue by a parent/guardian).