Sailing

TUESDAY of last week dawned bright and cheerful and remained thus throughout the day.

Anyone on holiday would have enjoyed the warmth and sunshine and sun loungers should have been in evidence into the evening.

Many people dream of owning a yacht and sunning themselves on them, and undoubtedly many of the sailors on Forfar Loch that evening wished their small dinghies were said gin palaces as they drifted in light and flukey winds.

Having gone where few others would have bothered the previous week and ventured out in a flat calm, Tony Walker in his Enterprise and Jim Green in his Solo repeated their seeming preference for these aptly named millpond conditions with first and second places respectively.

Tony Cook, currently (on average) the club’s top sailor, was fastest drifting Laser for fourth, followed by Alan Cairns in another of the same class and David Smith steered his Firefly into fifth ahead of Craig Knox (Laser), who retired with cramp.

On Sunday competitors hoped for more wind, but not what they got, a schizophrenic light southerly - south meaning 180 degrees variable either side of this compass point.

Race officer Graham Topping gave up trying to set a standard course as he presided over four Lasers and a single Solo of the hard core racing members in the club.

After a chaotic start Alan Cairns and Craig Knox (Lasers) realised they were over the line and went back allowing Tony Cook and Graeme Knox in the same class and Jim Green in the only Solo to get away.

However, Graeme had also been over the line and was so late in returning was out of contention.

For a while Jim was clear favourite and remained close to Tony, but, when Craig, on tremendous form, caught both he and Alan, the trio became embroiled in a battle long enough for Tony to make ground for yet another first, followed by Jim, Craig, Alan and despondent Graeme.

In the second race conditions were a repeat of the first, but this time Graeme and Jim got away from the pack at the start.

Graeme got the bit between his teeth and made it to the front and looked like he was pulling away until Forfar Loch conditions turned this around and Tony and Jim caught up after a few choice puffs of wind added to by choice words from Graeme. Alan and Craig had a close battle and were actually closing on the leading boats towards the end of the race.

Tony needed no further advantages to take honours but was second on handicap to Jim, first after sailing extremely well. Graeme cursed his way to third followed by Alan then Craig.