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2020 Race Reports

Sun 16th Aug

Another in a sequence of races when wind was blowing from the Shandon shore and was extremely variable.

The pin end of the line was the place to start, the windward shore end suffering from patches of light air.  The first leg, to A off the club, was a fetch on port tack.  Those tempted to approach the line on that tack were undone by boats reaching in on starboard.  Teal was the most successful of these.

The downwind leg to D, north of Clynder, was also characterised by wind of variable strength and direction.  Those who concentrated, trimmed their sails and headed down in the gusts made up places.  Zephyrus looked slow in light air near the Clynder shore but found pressure and rounded D first from Teal and Catriona.  The windward leg back to the starting area another trial.  The only consistency was Teal in first place.  There was time for a second round.  It was on the final beat to the line that places changed as wind favoured different boats.  Circe, Zephyrus, Luna and Catriona were all in second place at some point.  Approaching the line, Circe had found good wind down the Shandon shore and crossed ahead of the rest.  She overstood the favoured pin end and in a light patch her final tack was not optimum.  Catriona was able to sneak the place.

1 Teal, 2 Catriona, 3 Circe, 4 Zephyrus, 5 Luna, 6 Halcyone, 7 Hermes, 8 Ceres.

Tue 11th Aug

(Updated with amended results.)

There was next to no wind as we left the moorings.  On the water Race Officer Iain MacGillivray waited and was rewarded by a healthy breeze although it had more than the usual Gareloch variability.

The course a fetch to A, off the club, downwind to C, at the north end of Clynder and a windward leg back.

The shore end of the starting line was closer to the wind but it was stronger at the pin. From where Teal got away best followed by Hermes and Luna.  Halcyone and Catriona at the shore end did not do too badly but were always outside boats for the rounding of A. Downwind Catriona challenged Teal for the lead, once she had freed herself from wind shadow.  Teal luffed with determination to prevent Catriona having the key inside overlap at C.  That part worked well but the fleet had arrived by this time and the pair rounded in the middle.

The leg back to the starting area was characterised by variable strength and direction of wind.  Teal suffered badly on the Clynder shore.  Circe and Catriona went to the middle of the loch and did better.  Luna was always in the fray.  Halcyone lost out on the final approach to the Shandon shore.

Catriona had a large lead for the start of the second round.  As is so often the way in the Gareloch, it evaporated in lighter air near the Clynder shore.  Teal got back into contention downwind.  On the beat back to the finish it was Hermes and Teal who read it best, followed by Catriona, Luna and Circe.  Few of us had been watching the time. Lighter air at Clynder, together with the late start put us over the time limit so that the results are taken at the end of the first round.

1 Catriona, 2 Circe, 3 Luna, 4 Halcyone, 5 Teal, 6 Hermes, 7 Ceres.

It seems three boats crossed the finishing line close together and, following discussion, have been unable to establish their order.  Amended results are as follows:

1 Catriona.  2= Luna, Circe, Halcyone,  5 Teal, 6 Hermes, 7 Ceres.

(Admin/Iain PS on a point of rules for future, Charles Darley later noted that when Teal and Catriona gybed to approach C after their luffing, they still had right of way as inside, overlapped boats – even on port over starboard boats:

“rule 18 not turned off by 18.1 a or 18.1b”.

Admin/Iain PPS. Charles further clarified that – in a slightly technical aspect of the rules – that the starboard boats continued to have (general) right of way but that it was limited by Teal and Catriona’s entitlement to mark-room! So Teal and Catriona had A right to A way and the ‘mark-room’ to do it but that the rules do not define this as ‘right of way’! All clear?

If not, go read RRS Section A Right of Way – especially the intro with definition of right of way as requiring others to keep clear – and Section C At Marks And Obstructions.)

Sun 9th Aug

(Updated – corrected Circe 3rd, Luna 4th)

A superb afternoon of sun and good wind.  Seven of the eight Garelochs afloat were racing.

The wind was from the Shandon shore so that the first leg, from the starting area at Blairvadach, could not be to windward.  A fetch to A, off the club, thence downwind to D, north of Clynder and back.

Teal, from Hermes and Halcyone made the best start.  Others strayed too far from the line and were undone by a lull.

Teal and Hermes rounded A close together and took each other high on the run. Catriona held back a little and made a tighter rounding than Halcyone.  She was then able to sail lower than the leaders and crept into the lead.  Halcyone became involved in the luffing, which allowed Hermes to round in second place.  Quickly lost as she wrongly sailed for a mark up the Shandon Shore.

Teal, Halcyone and Catriona tacked back down the loch to head to the starting area. The rest hardened up towards the Shandon shore and benefitted.  Luna briefly in the lead. Halcyone dropped back invariable air near the shore.  There was time for a second round.  Places did not change until the final windward leg.  Teal sailed well in the changing air and closed on the leader, who took great care to cover.  Circe maintained concentration with Luna close behind.  The excursion towards the wrong mark had done for Hermes.

1 Catriona, 2 Teal, 3 Circe, 4 Luna, 5 Halcyone, 6 Hermes, 7 Ceres.

Sun 2nd Aug

Guest report from Carol Rowe – Hermes

This after lockdown was the second Sunday race and winds appeared favourable to a good sail. In the event as things turned out 2 boats that were short of crew being with only one on board had more wind than was comfortable and other boats with crew found at times that the wind was a bit dramatic. All however were able sail without damage. 
In advance of racing a sail past with Zephyrus leading the 8 boats took place with ensigns being dipped at Gullybridge to salute George McGruer who has recently taken up residence there.
On the water Race officer Barrie Choules selected a course that involved zig zagging the loch from the start to north of Gully bridge across the loch to Clynder across again but to the mooring field off the Club and back to the start line followed by a second round. The pin end was favoured on a starboard tack  and after the usual melee the fleet spread out with the leading group Teal Catriona Circe and Zephyrus not being challenged by the next group of Ceres Hermes Halcyone and Luna
Charles Darley on Catriona recovered her usual first place on the first leg but lost it following a poor rounding of the windward mark.  Variable wind off the Clynder shore helped Catriona back into the lead. Circe was going very strongly and challenging the leading pair Catriona and Teal. However on the second round she misread the course and massively overstood the layline to G allowing Zephyrus in to third. Halcyone and Ceres both single handed suffered in the strong gusts and fell back in the second round Halcyone joining the third group and Ceres falling to the rear.
All were pleased that racing had resumed.
1 Catriona, 2 Teal, 3 Zephyrus, 4 Circe, 5 Hermes, 6 Halcyone, 7 Luna, 8 Ceres.

Sun 27th July

Guest report from John Campbell – the new owner of a very smart looking Circe!

Three boats made it out for the racing this Sunday, Teal, Circe and Catriona, with Catriona being sailed single handed.
Wind was from the west, with a variable force 2 blowing, so the race officer set course L7.
All boats on the first round were fairly evenly matched, with Catriona and Teal having the upper hand, however on the beat up to D, there was some confusion on where mark D was. Circe went straight to the mark, whilst Catriona and Teal had to sail some extra lengths to take the right course. After the first round, Catriona just had the lead over Circe, with Teal close behind.
The wind started to become lighter, and much more variable as the second part of the course was being sailed. Both Teal and Circe made their way back upwind to mark C, whilst Catriona decided to head towards mark B. It was some time before she realised that she was on the wrong course. Meanwhile, Teal and Circe were closely matched, but with the wind becoming much more variable they both fell into a hole some way off mark C. Meantime, Catriona was heading up the loch towards C and despite being some distance behind, took possession of her very own wind supply. The filling in wind brought Catriona all the way down to mark C, and then retreated back down the loch, taking with her Catriona, leaving Teal and Circe standing. Catriona sailed off on her own, with the Gods smiling down on her, leaving Circe and Teal to battle it out from C to B and back to the line.
On the final leg, Teal put her spinnaker up, whilst Circe elected to remain just on main and jib…all just as the wind started to veer northwards leaving Teal struggling to make the spinnaker work, whilst Circe sailed on to finish in 2nd place.
Result – 1 Catriona, 2 Circe 3 Teal.