THOSE in Forfar’s Myre would have seen sails above the stalls at the Angus Farmers Market on Saturday.
A kind wind allowed Forfar Sailing Club members to display a couple of fully rigged dinghies - one a former world champion boat.
There was a lot of interest and many people hope to attend the club open day on Saturday, May 7 where everything (except a change of clothes!) will be provided for a sail on the loch.
The first event on the 2011 calendar, on the evening of Tuesday, April 5, was well attended but, for the third year in a row, had to be cancelled.
Graeme Knox is usually the last to give in during strong winds but gave up rigging when a gale force blast prevented him hooking the boom onto his Lasers sail.
However, his place as chief heavy wind nutter may be usurped by Angus Beytes, who rigged in the lee of St Margaret’s Spit and only realised the ferocity of the wind when he sailed onto the open loch, to be promptly flattened by the same blast of wind.
Tony Cook had the rescue boat ready but Angus made it ashore with a good claim to Graeme’s title and the accolade of first swimmer of the year.
Strong winds prevailed over following days. However, they were more manageable on Thursday evening. Only three Lasers were on the water and Craig Knox led the way into a rapidly dying westerly, shadowed by Tony Cook and Graeme Knox.
After a close fight Tony sneaked around the leeward mark with the others literally on his transom, so close Graeme collided and dropped out for a two-turn penalty.
In a virtual flat calm the trio struggled up the beat.
Craig hates calm and was overhauled by Graeme while Tony slowly pulled away. Almost as quickly as it died a moderate breeze returned, strong enough for Craig to decide to carry on and Graeme to force Tony into close cover to maintain the lead and take the first win of the season.
Sunday brought a flukey force-four westerly. Jim Green (Solo), Peter Tait (Laser) and Tony Cook (Laser) were the only competitors and quickly decided on a pursuit race.
Jim was first away, followed by the battling Lasers, but became second swimmer of the year on the first run when a gust overturned him putting him out of contention into third place.
Peter, following just behind Jim, had to make an emergency detour which allowed Tony Cook to escape and claim first.
In the second race, again a pursuit, they were joined by the Enterprise of Tony Walker for his first outing of the season.
Again winds strong enough for the Lasers to make a good ground and Tony Cook and Peter marched into first and second while Jim remained upright ahead of Tony Walker, placing them third and fourth.