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01/06/2019
Scottish Championship East Lothian Yacht Club

East Lothian Yacht Club annual regatta took place on 1st and 2nd June 2019, supported by Dalgety Bay Sailing Club, Largo Bay Sailing Club, Rooster Sailing and sponsored by North Berwick Gin.

Fifty-three volunteers and generous powerboat owners put on a fantastic regatta. Over 110 dinghies made the journey to North Berwick with competition across 11 classes on two courses. A stunning location with Craigleith and Bass Rock as a backdrop.

Saturday was a PRO's nightmare as Robbie Lawson and Ben Wilcox boxed the compass in search of consistent wind. The weather gods teased, tickled and tempted the race crew into laying the course only for the wind to clock through another 40degrees. After 3 hours chasing zephyrs and 6 course re-alignments, a start was finally completed and the fleets made the windward mark within time limits, only for the wind gods to sigh and hold their breath.

The day is best summed up by local Streaker sailor Jim Sinclair:

"We came, we saw, we bobbed.

After a few happy hours of useless breeze, one 'race' was squeezed in. It was the first moment that a course could be laid and Guy Wheeler was so keen to get going he was rather OCS. Guy and the rest of the Streakers drifted round, first with the tide and then against it. Very unusual conditions for this venue. Martin Plenty drifted faster than the rest with Jim Sinclair and Katie Masterton following along serenely behind.

Tomorrow will be better..."

The frustration of the day was quickly forgotten as Andreas and Karen served up a Greek Mezze buffet with Pete and Ruth working the pumps in the bar. The yacht club was buzzing. RS400s, unusually, hardly troubled the bar.

Sunday was better.

A south westerly established and after a wee wobble settled in for the day. The fleet launched and were treated to classic North Berwick fare, a force 3 aperitif, force 4 starter, and force 5 main course. The skiffs stayed out for second helpings.

Jim again, from the mighty Streaker fleet...

"Feast or famine for the Streakers at North Berwick. After Saturday's driftathon the breeze really arrived on Sunday. Race 2 of the series saw Jim Sinclair lead from start to finish in a building southerly with Martin Plenty and Paul Noble in close attendance. Race 3 saw Sinclair and Plenty swap roles with Martin maintaining a narrow lead throughout to set up a final race decider. Noble held on to third again. Conditions were becoming rather sporty now with 25 knots recorded on the committee boat and it was a depleted fleet (in all classes) that set off in race 4. Sinclair won the committee boat end of the line but Plenty was able to cross ahead on the first beat and that was pretty much that. Katie Masterton held onto the leading pair to ensure third overall."

 

Conditions were tricky but ELYC put on a fantastic event, with great racing, organisation on and off the water, excellent food & hospitality (including post-racing ice cream!). Thanks to everyone at ELYC for another spectacular event!"

 

Streaker Fleet

Rank Sail Number Helm Name Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
1st 1982 Martin Penty Beaver SC 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 1.0 5.0 3.0
2nd 1775 Jim Sinclair East Lothian Yacht Club (2.0) 1.0 2.0 2.0 7.0 5.0
3rd 1868 Katie Masterton St Mary's loch sailing club 3.0 (4.0) 4.0 3.0 14.0 10.0
4th 1716 Paul Noble East Lothian Yacht Club 4.0 3.0 3.0 (10.0 DNC) 20.0 10.0
5th 1882 Mike Fairlamb Bassenthwaite Sailing Club 5.0 5.0 6.0 (10.0 DNC) 26.0 16.0
6th 1731 Elaine Ross Annandale Sailing Club 6.0 6.0 5.0 (10.0 DNC) 27.0 17.0
7th 1973 John Hookway East Lothian Yacht Club (10.0 DNS) 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 40.0 30.0
7th 1715 Richard Jones East Lothian Yacht Club (10.0 DNS) 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 40.0 30.0
7th 1668 Guy Wheeler South Windermere SC (10.0 OCS) 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 10.0 DNC 40.0 30.0

 

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