Category Archives: Race Reports ’19

Sun 19th May

There was enough air for us to ghost to the starting area, decide there was insufficient to race and then ghost back.  It was the same for the Classic Regatta at Gourock on the Saturday.

No race.

Tue 14th May

There was a good breeze in the afternoon. There was a good breeze as we left the moorings.  As we arrived at the starting area, the Gareloch became increasingly smooth.

Race Officer Julian Forrester set one of the shortest courses, to H (off the shop in Clynder) and back.

Hermes and Catriona were in danger of being left near to the shore.  Catriona paddled furiously before the preparatory signal to get closer to the favoured pin end of the line.  Hermes didn’t and suffered.

Boats starting from out in the loch on port tack had the benefit of momentum.  Dione got the best of that argument and blanketed others.  All of whom blanketed Catriona. Teal made an outrageously good start by approaching from the course side (she was obliged to give way to all the others) dipped the line and was away.  The rest of the fleet was moving too slowly to interfere.

On the trip across the loch, it was immediately clear the flood tide was having a strong influence.  Thalia in particular was swept a long way up.  Julian signalled a shortened course before anyone had reached H.

Teal was the first to do that and led by a margin from Dione and Halcyone on the leg back to the finish.

Catriona managed to make her spinnaker work for part of this leg, which helped her past Dione and Halcyone who were swept up on the tide.

Near to the Shandon shore, there was a strong back eddy which caught Teal unawares.  She was taken the wrong side of the finishing mark and took some time to struggle back against the tide.  Her lead had been so large it didn’t matter.  Dione failed to learn from that example, did the same and lost a place to Halcyone.

1 Teal, 2 Catriona, 3 Halcyone, 4 Dione. Thalia, Athene, Hermes, Thia, DNF.

Sun 12th May

Hatasoo Basket – race 2 – report from Barrie Choules (Dione)

A lovely day  with light winds,  6 Garelochs ventured to the start line with Dione taking the role of  on-the-water  race officer.  Light southwesterly wind indicated a first mark on the far shore.  Catriona was a little  early to the start and in losing speed allowed Halcyone  the best start, Dione boxed somewhat behind Catriona. Luna and Hermes had good starts inshore. Getting to the B-mark meant crossing the tide by Rhu narrows. Complicated by the revised placement of the buoy further north this year. The places were revised as some got it right, Hermes benefitted by staying inshore through the moorings, others less so. Suffice to say that Dione went from 2nd to 6th. The run to G off Shandon did for Luna who opted not to fly her spinnaker.

The beat to the C-mark looked straight-forward but the Gareloch wind gods had other ideas; crossing the tide line, the wind became very shifty and light, dispersing the fleet and leaving some making little progress in the tide. Dione, bringing up the rear, had the opportunity to  see what was happening and decided to try for a back-eddy inshore; this was very effective bringing the placings close to the start positions with Dione back in second, behind Catriona with Halcyone pushing at her stern. These positions continued to the finish despite further wind shifts and variations.

1 Catriona, 2 Dione, 3 Halcyone, 4 Hermes, 5 Thalia, 6 Luna.

Tue 7th May

There was little wind as we left the moorings so that a very short course (to the mark off the club and back) was set.  Wind strengthened by the time of the start and was on the beam for both legs.

The shore end of the starting line was to windward but air was lighter there and tide more favourable at the pin.  Dione got her start just right, getting the better of both the boats further in and those further out.  Halcyone was with her all the way but there was no opportunity to pass.  Teal lost a place to Thalia after tactical luffing from Catriona and fought hard to get it back.

1 Dione, 2 Halcyone, 3 Catriona, 4 Teal, 5 Thalia, 6 Thia

Sun 5th May

The first race we had this year.  The first scheduled race is the last Tuesday evening of April.  For that, there was rain but no wind.

Today, five of the nine Garelochs afloat turned out.  The breeze was blowing down the loch, creating an uncomfortable swell on the moorings.  It was strong enough that carelessness  could lead to water coming over the cockpit coaming.  It caused Thia to retire, after a cross tree broke.

A longer course was selected, beginning with a windward leg to E, near Rahane on the Clynder shore.  The shore end of the starting line was favoured and Catriona misjudged things to let Teal pass to leeward and get the best start.  Dione had trouble with her main sheet at a crucial time and was late.  Teal and Catriona set off towards the Clynder shore with Teal comfortably to windward.  Continuing headers on the way across gave Catriona an advantage and she took the lead.  Halcyone was in the fray.  Dione had elected to go up the Shandon shore and was nowhere.

Catriona got to E first, from Teal and Halcyone, and began the two offwind legs back to the starting area.  Spinnakers were perfectly feasible for these two legs but with start of season nervousness, none was set.

There was time for a second round.  Downwind to A, off the club then another windward leg to the Clynder shore.  Somehow, Teal and Halcyone pointed much higher having rounded A and by the time Catriona tacked to cover, she had lost her place.  She compounded the error by staying on the Shandon shore for a while.  A tactic which had done for Dione on the first round.  By the time she tacked across the loch, Teal and Halcyone were ahead by a margin.  In the curious air of the Clynder shore, Halcyone passed Teal for the lead and increased it by sticking to the shore.  Out of adverse tide and with a good lift in the wind.  Catriona saw this and copied.  Conditions further out in the loch were unkind to Teal who dropped to third.

Downwind to the finish, Catriona set her spinnaker.  Teal and Dione followed.  The want of a third sail slowed Halcyone.

1 Catriona, 2 Halcyone, 3 Teal, 4 Dione.  Thia DNS.

Tue 30th Apr

No race.

Louring and overcast with no wind and a strong tide. Supposedly the first race of the season. The only race was – for those foolish enough to cast off – only about how fast they could make it back to their moorings. Thalia set off earliest and managed to use the last zephyr to actually make it OUT of the mooring field. The rest simply went backwards on the tide until given a tow by Jacob, our new bosun.