Race Reports

Race Report - General Sailing and Final Heathens & Points Race of the 2017 Season

posted 30 Oct 2017, 16:10 by Perth Sailing Club   [ updated 30 Oct 2017, 16:29 ]


It was a fantastic weekend of sailing for the finale of the sailing season at Perth Sailing Club. Nine boats went out on Saturday’s General Sailing day enjoying the light winds and the fine conditions. Novices and expert sailors alike were able to practice their skills. One Dutch freighter heading down river was escorted through the fleet by the rescue boat.

                Sunday was the very last race of the 2017 season and the club had one of the best turnouts of the year. Twelve boats took part in the last of the Heathens & Points race. Conditions were very light at the start of the race. Race Officer Vicky Wright, set a long figure of eight course with the windward mark, just east of Moncrieffe Island.  All boats got away to a clean start with Euan MacDonald in his RS Aero7 pulling away from the fleet followed by Bob Watson in his Enterprise.  The wind eased as all boats headed under the Friarton Bridge and this made conditions difficult even with an incoming tide. The race was shortened to three rounds and it was Euan who crossed the line ahead of Bob by a minute on the first lap. Eric Taylor in his Phantom was lying in third place and there was close racing between the two Solos of Andrew Porteous and Hunter Williamson, who were the two contenders battling it out in this final race for the Heathens Trophy. Bob in his Enterprise took advantage of the light conditions to overtake Euan and was in the lead at Lap two with Peter Bevan in his Miracle now in second place aided by the use of his spinnaker. Jack Douglas Safety Officer guided the Tourist Boat Badger through the racers  as the fleet headed back up the river. At the back of the fleet were the following boats, the RS quest sailed by Munro Gauld, Brian Thorburn in his Wanderer and Sam Gleave in the Laser making the best of a delayed start due to rigging issues. The wind picked up at the start of the last lap and this allowed the fleet to catch up with the leaders.  Audrey Robertson in her Streaker was going pretty well as was Sandy Roger trying out the other Firefly. Both Eric and Bob hit the last mark on the final round and had to do penalty turns before finishing. At the line it was Euan MacDonald (RS Aero), followed by Andrew Porteous (Solo), then Bill Inches (Firefly) and Bob Watson (Enterprise).

Members are reminded that there is Bonfire night Party on the 5th November and the 67th Anniversary & Prize-giving Dinner will be held in the Willowgate Café on the 11th November.               

Results after Handicap:-

Sun 29/10/17:

Heathens 1 – 1st Ptarmigan (P.Bevan) 2nd Aeolian (B.Watson) 3rd Hellespont (B.Inches)

2017 Heathens Trophy Winner Andrew Porteous

Race Reports - 7th and 8th October - Points Series

posted 12 Oct 2017, 15:36 by Perth Sailing Club

               Six boats took to the water on Saturday for the continuation of the long Points Series. Conditions were bright with sunshine and S/W force 1-2, gusting 3.  Eric Taylor, Officer of the Day set a course of 4 marks, incorporating one of the navigation light stanchions as a mark and with a slight delay in start time due to lack of water Euan Macdonald in his Aero 7 and Ian Noble’s Laser led to the first mark A with Euan gaining ground by B.  Next came the Solos of Hunter Williamson and Jim Galloway with Bill Inches closing in on them in his Firefly.  With Euan keeping to the south shore of the river, the remainder staying mid-river or coming to the north they approached the 3rd mark C.  Audrey Robertson helming her streaker managed to catch up with the leaders by the line on way downriver and at C Euan was still leading followed by Audrey with Jim and Ian close behind, while Bill and Hunter were trailing.  Euan leading at D mark while Bill forgot D and had to turn back.  By the 2nd round Euan was well in the lead followed by Ian with Jim, Hunter and Audrey behind.  This time all the fleet chose to follow Euan down the south shore.  Euan experienced a spot of trouble at the D mark but recovered.  The fleet cut to the north shore, Audrey being further out benefited gaining 2nd place to D with fleet bunched up behind.  Bill retired at end of this round.  By the 3rd round Audrey had managed to extend her lead over Hunter and Jim with the wind picking up, Euan still extending his lead.  Jim experienced some issues downwind.  Jim and Hunter were neck and neck at D with Hunter on the inside.  First over the line was Euan followed by Hunter with Jim in 3rd position.

               The same six boats entered the 2nd race of the day, conditions much the same, but the wind was now W/SW and variable force 2-3.  It was a clean start with Hunter leading to A closely followed by Jim, then Jim, Ian and Euan with Bill and Audrey trailing slightly.  All boats bar Bill sailing towards C using the middle of the river taking advantage of the tide being at full while Bill came down north shore catching up fast.  Hunter extended his lead while Ian was gaining on Jim leaving Euan behind.  With the wind picking up, gusts were visible on the water Hunter was well in the lead on the way to D mark.  The 2nd round saw Hunter extending his lead followed by Ian, Jim dropping back a bit while Audrey and Bill swapped last place each tack on way to A mark.  Hunter was losing ground to Euan, trailed by Ian and Jim while Bill had managed to get ahead of Audrey by 50 yards.  With the wind dying a little as the sun dropped and the tide turned Hunter led to D then Euan.  Jim got to the mark inside Ian while Audrey closed in on Bill.  Hunter was starboarded by Euan as they approached the line and Euan tacked above him.  Unfortunately, Euan sailed in to a lull allowing Hunter to regain lead. At the end of the final 3rd round Hunter crossed the line first followed by Euan with Jim in 3rd position.

               Sunday afternoon saw nine boats take to the water for the first race on Sunday.  Euan helming his Aero led in the first round closely followed by Eric Taylor’s Phantom then the Albacore of Paul Rytson crewed by John Ferguson.  Next came Bill’s Firefly with Audrey’s Streaker close behind, followed by Bob Watson in the Club’s RS Quest helmed by M. Gauld.  Surprisingly Hunter was towards the back of the fleet just ahead of Vicky Wright’s Europe with Ian Noble bringing up the rear.   Eric got ahead of Euan in the 2nd round with John on his tail and this remained the same throughout the 3rd round, but Euan managed to get ahead of Eric during the final 4th round.  First over the finish line was Euan followed by Eric with Paul and John in 3rd position.

               The same nine boats entered the 2nd race of the afternoon with Eric leading ahead of John and Paul followed by Euan.  Bill led the next batch of boats followed by Ian, Audrey, Bob and M. Gauld with Hunter and Vicky to the rear.  By the second round John and Paul had taken the lead from Eric, the other positions remaining the same.  Three rounds were sailed and first over the line were John and Paul followed by Eric with Euan in 3rd position.

Results after Handicap:-

Sat 7/10/17:

Race 1 – 1st Nameless (E.Macdonald) 2nd Whoof (H.Williamson) 3rd Woodpecker (J.Galloway)

Race 2 – 1st Whoof (H.Williamson) 2nd Woodpecker (J.Galloway) 3rd Hellespont (B.Inches)                  

Sun 8/10/17:

Race 1 – 1st RS Aero (E.Macdonald) 2nd Cormorant (E.Taylor) 3rd Hellespont (B.Inches)

Race 2 – 1st Angus Ogg (J.Ferguson/P.Rytson) 2nd Cormorant (E.Taylor) 3rd RS Aero (E.Macdonald)

Race Report – Heathens Series & General Sailing - Saturday 30th Sept and Sunday 1st October

posted 3 Oct 2017, 15:08 by Perth Sailing Club

              There was a good turn out on Saturdays General Sailing Day with a dozen members out on the water in a variety of boats. This year’s trainees, Munro & Molly Gauld were in the RS Quest and Euan took another new recruit Sam Geave in the other Quest. Joe Gauld tried out the Feva. Jim & Inge Galloway in the Miracle, Vicky in her Europe. Two Mirrors were crewed by Leonie Poor and sister with Gillie Amatt in the other Mirror. Peter Bevan took to the water in his speedboat Terror of the Tay.

                In Sunday the penultimate Heathens race was held, in heavy rain and a fair wind three boats took to the water. The Tourist Rib Catalina passed through the fleet at the start of the race. It was Hunter Williamson in his Solo that took an early lead followed by Euan MacDonald in his Aero 7 and Andrew Porteous in another Solo. The Badger Tourist boat came through the fleet stopping at Willowgate on the second lap lead by Anne Hughes in the Safety Boat. At the Start of the third and final lap it was Euan crossing the line first followed by Hunter and then Andrew. Thanks to Officer of the Day Anne Watson and Anne Hughes for providing Safety Cover.

Results after Handicap

Sun 1.10.17 Points

Heathens: 1st Whoof (H.Williamson) 2nd Whooper (A.Porteous) 3rd RS Aero (E.MacDonald)   

Race Report – Points Series

posted 2 Sep 2017, 01:23 by Perth Sailing Club

                The Points series of races continued on Saturday evening with nine boats out in the slight westerly breeze. All boats got away to a clean start with the Albacore (Mirage) of John Ferguson crewed by Sandy Rodger in the lead followed by Eric Taylor in his newly painted Phantom (Cormorant) sporting a PT boat colour scheme. Peter Bevan (Marsh Daisy) was in third place on lap one followed closely by Andrew Porteous (Whooper) and Ian Noble (laser) making his first appearance on the water this year. John & Sandy (Mirage) increased their lead throughout the race. Leonie Poor (Emmental) retired after two laps. Audrey Robertson (Whiz) and Brian Thorburn & Gillie Amatt in the Wanderer were having a close race at the back of the fleet and Bill Inches (Hellespont) managed a fourth place after handicap beating Ian Noble into fifth place. The second race of the day was abandoned shortly after the start as the wind had died completely. Thanks to Jack Douglas and Jim Galloway who provided Rescue cover and to the Race Officer of the Day covered by Vicky Wright.       

Results after Handicap

Sat 26.8.17 Points

Race 1: 1st Mirage (J.Ferguson/S.Rodger) 2nd Marsh Daisy (P.Bevan) 3rd Whooper (A.Porteous)  

Race Report - Towback

posted 21 Aug 2017, 16:02 by Perth Sailing Club

Thirteen boats took to the water for the annual Towback race which involves sailing downriver to the head of the Earn tributary where the race is finished.  Weather conditions were fair, dry and warm with a light westerly wind.  Thanks to Race Officer Eric Taylor and Peter Bevan who rigged the three Club Fevas and two RS Quests which was a fantastic help with so many boats taking part.  It was good to see so many of our young cadets and thoroughly enjoying the experience with Anna Woodhead and Eve Humphry helming the two Club Fevas , Joe & Molly Gauld in the remaining Feva and Ivan Kossko in a Laser 4.7 rig. 

Peter Bevan led the way helming his Miracle(Ptarmigan), making full use of his spinnaker followed by Penny Allen helming the Porteous Albacore, (Kelpie) crewed by sister Gillie Amatt.  Next came Jim Galloway Helming the Wanderer (Noatak) crewed by his wife Inga, followed by Bill Inches helming his Firefly (Hellespont).  

By Stockwell Peter using his spinnaker to great effect  had extended his lead, followed by Penny and Gillie, these positions remaining unchanged at Sleepless Inch.  Sandy Rodger helming Jim Galloway’s Solo (Woodpecker) and Audrey Robertson helming her Streaker (Whizz) took a chance by cutting across the corner , a gamble that paid off as coming out of Sleepless Inch Peter, Penny, Sandy and Audrey were all level, albeit spread across the width of the river .  By the Bothy Penny was ahead of Peter, then Jim and Sandy, while Audrey and Bill were being slowed down by the tide.  Andrew Porteous helmed one of the Club’s Quests, ably crewed by his two grandchildren, Willow and India Allen while Munro Gauld helmed the other Quest crewed by Bob Watson and Leonie Poor helmed her Mirror (Emmental).  

The leading seven boats managed to pull ahead form the rest of the fleet as they headed past Inchyra.  At the finished it was Peter Bevan (Ptarmigan) over the line followed by Penny & Gillie (Kelpie), Sandy Rodger (Woodpecker) then Jim & Inga in Noatak, Bill Inches (Hellespont), Munro Gauld and Bob Watson (RS Quest) and Audrey Robertson (Whiz) The rest of the fleet finished some five minutes behind with Andrew Porteous , Willow & India Allan  (RS Quest) closely followed by the leading cadet Ivan Kossko, Leonie Poor (Emmental) , Joe & Molly Gauld (Spring Feva) , Eve Humphry (Feva Pitch) , Anna Woodhead (Cabin Feva). With a following tide it was the slow boats that had the overall advantage once the Portsmouth Yardsticks had been taken into account. Race winner was Peter Bevan with Leonie Poor second and Jim & Inga Galloway third. The leading cadet was Ivan Kossko with Joe & Molly Gauld in second followed by Eve Humphry and Anna Woodhead fourth.  All of the cadets managed to finish ahead of both the RS Quests which is an excellent achievement by the youngsters.
Thanks to all who provide Rescue cover. 

Sun 20.8.17 Towback  Winner Peter Bevan
1st Ptarmigan (P.Bevan)
2nd Emmental (L.Poor)
3rd Noatak (J.Galloway/I.Galloway)  

Race Report – Fri 12th & Mon 14th McNabs Law, Sun 13th Pursuit Race

posted 17 Aug 2017, 00:19 by Perth Sailing Club

               On Friday evening the first two races of the McNabs Law races were held. Winds were very light as the seven boats made their way slowly around the three marks. It was John Ferguson (Bare Away) who led from , start to finish followed by Andrew Porteous (Whooper) and Bill Inches (Hellespont). Race officer Leonie wisely shortened Race two as the wind had died completely and competitors were struggling to reach the windward mark.  It was John Ferguson who was declared the winner of that race with Andrew Porteous (Whooper) and Bob Watson and Jane Boyden (Aeolian) in third.

               The second part of the McNabs law races were held on Monday evening.  Three boats set out In the fickle wind which came from all points of the compass. It was Andrew Porteous (Whooper) starting on the south bank managed to get clear away but both Fergus MacMillan (Alabama) and Bill Inches (Hellespont) were carried past the line with the incoming tide and it took Fergus some two minutes to get back and Bill eight minutes to get back. Fergus (Alabama) did pick up the pace and almost caught up with Andrew on a down wind gust but he got stuck in irons and Andrew (Whooper) pulled clear again. Andrew touched the middle mark on the last lap and did a 360 to exonerate himself from a penalty finishing with a burst of speed. Meanwhile Bill was working to catch Fergus but was unable to do so as Fergus caught a gust to take him over the finish. The last race of the series was abandoned due to a downpour and no wind.      

               On Sunday the annual Pursuit race with a superb turnout of ten boats and two further boats taking advantage of the warm conditions including visitors from Montrose Sailing Club trying out one of the new RS Quests. The pursuit race is a staggered start with the slowest boats first away and the faster boats starting according to their Portsmouth yard stick rating. The eventual winner is awarded the Ferguson trophy. As wind conditions were easing the race was started with all boats following Joe Gauld in the Feva along the North Shore. The windward buoy which was placed at Moncrieffe Island and it was Bill Inches (Hellespont) rounding the mark first followed by Andrew Porteous (Whooper). Andrew though managed to overtake Bill and was edging ahead. After the allotted forty minutes sailing time it was Andrew who had reached the line of the race box whilst his nearest competitor (Bill Inches) was still beyond the Friarton Bridge.  Bill Inches was second an Eaun was third. Cadets Molly Gauld who was crewing for Doug Ogilvie made fifth place and Joe Gauld in Cabin Feva finished an excellent  seventh place ahead of Hunter Williamson (Whoof) and John Ferguson (Bare Away) who had got tied up in the weeds at the Willowgate fisheries.     

Results after Handicap:

Fri 12th & Mon 14th August McNabs Law Winner: John Ferguson

 Race: 1st Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 2nd Hellespont(B.Inches) 3rd Whooper (A.Porteous)

Race 2: 1st Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 2nd Whooper (A.Porteous) 3rd Aeolian (B.Watson/J.Boyden)

Race 3: 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Alabama (F.MacMillan) 3rd Hellespont (B.Inches) 

Sun 13th Pursuit Race: Ferguson Trophy Winner: Andrew Porteous

1st Whooper (A. Porteous) 2nd Hellespont (B.Inches) 3rd RS Aero 7 (E.MacDonald)



Race Report - Regatta

posted 13 Aug 2017, 03:08 by Perth Sailing Club

               Very light winds made a slow start for this year’s annual Regatta races at Perth Sailing Club. Race one is a RNLI Pennant race. Six boats started the race including cadets Molly and Joe Gauld in the Club Feva. Brian Thorburn and Vicky Wright in the Wanderer were also out on the water but not racing. It was the Albacore of Bill Inches and Gillie Amatt that were first away but were soon overtaken by the two Solos of Andrew Porteous and Hunter Williamson. There were only two buoys to round and on the downwind leg the order was Euan McDonald (RS Aero), Andrew & Hunter (Solos) and Bill & Gillie (Albacore). After rounding B Mark, Bill & Gillie overtook the other boats to cross the line first followed by Andrew Porteous and Euan McDonald third.

               The next race was Race one of the Regatta, five boats entered with Molly & Joe deciding to do some sailing down river in the Feva. Conditions were similar to the previous race with even less wind, only two boats managed to finish within the allotted time, Andrew Porteous (Whooper) first with Hunter Williamson (Whoof) second.

               There was more wind and a very large turnout for day two of the Regatta. With eleven boats taking part it was the largest number of boats that had taken part in the Regatta for many years. Brian Thorburn (Wanderer) was over the line at the start. With a mass of boats in mid-river it was Chris Watson (Blue Meanie) making headway along the North Shore. Boats were required to round the little island in between Moncrieffe Island and Willogate. It took over half an hour to reach this and round the mark Molly & Joe in Cabin Feva were fourth around the island, As the boats headed down river under the Friarton bridge it was Sandy Rodger and Neil Hughes (Dash) leading from Andrew Porteous (Whooper) and Hunter Williamson (Whoof).  The wind had changed to as South Eastery and it was these three boats that had a long lead over the remainder of the fleet.  It started to rain as the first boats were finishing lap one and this slowed down the other sailors. In the second pack it was Euan MacDonald (RS Aero) and Chris Watson (BlueMeanie leading the way). Over the line it was Sandy & Neil (Dash) followed by Hunter (Whoof) and Andrew (Whooper).

               The course was shortened for the last race of the Regatta and with the wind still variable, force 2 or 3,  nine boats took part. In the drizzle it was Hunter (Whoof) first away followed by Bob Watson (Aeolian) and the rest of the fleet following as a group. Chris (Blue Meanie) caught up at the first mark then Hunter (Whoof) , John Ferguson (Bare Away) , Sandy/Neil (Dash). Euan (RS Aero) and Vicky Wright (Europe) were bring up the rear.  At lap two it was Hunter (Whoof) and Chris (Blue Meanie) getting away clear from the rest of the boats. The lead was swapping between Hunter & Chris. However at the last lap it was John Ferguson (Bare Away) who took the advantage by staying to the North shore overtaking both Chris and Hunter to take the race. Results after Handicap:

Sat/Sun 5th & 6th August PSC Regatta & Pennant Race

Regatta 2017:  Winner Hunter Williamson 2nd Andrew Porteous 3rd John Ferguson

RNLI Pennant: Winner Andrew Porteous

RNLI Pennant Race: 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Albacore(B.Inches/G.Amatt)3rd Whoof (H.Willianson)

Race 1: 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Whoof (H.Williamson)

Race 2: 1st Whoof ( H. Williamson) 2nd Whooper (A.Porteous) 3rd Dash (S.Rodger/N.Hughes)

Race 3: 1st Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 2nd Whoof (H.Williamson) 3rd Whooper (A. Porteous)



Race Reports - ACH & Points Races - 27th, 28th and 29th July

posted 1 Aug 2017, 15:21 by Perth Sailing Club

Perth Sailing Club – ACH & Points Races

               The ACH races continued this week on Thursday and Friday evening. Five boats took part in the race with light winds and some showers.  Peter Bevan (Marsh Daisy) was ahead of Andrew Porteous (Whooper) by only three seconds on the first lap with Jim Galloway (Woodpecker) third and Hunter Williamson (Whoof) fourth.  Peter maintained his lead on lap two, overtaking Vicky Wright (Europe) who was still sailing her first lap. It was a close finish on lap three with Peter taking the lead by only one second from Andrew Porteous.

               The wind had move round to an Easterly for the second race of the evening and at times died completely. Jim Galloway took an early lead but was soon overtaken by Andrew Porteous who managed to round mark B before the wind had gone. The race was reduced to one round only and it was Andrew Porteous over the line almost fifteen minutes ahead of Hunter Williamson followed by Jim Galloway in third place. Peter Bevan had retired before the windward mark

               Light wind continued for Fridays ACH races  with a total of eight boats out on the water for the first race of the evening. Peter Bevan & Leonie Poor (RS Quest), Vicky Wright (Europe) and Bill Inches (Hellespont) were all over the line at the start. Andrew Porteous (Whooper) made a good start but was quickly overtaken by Sandy Rodger & John Ferguson in the Albacore (Dash). However it was Hunter Williamson (Whoof) who overtook both boats to take the lead at lap one. As the race was shortened to two rounds only it was Hunter (Whoof) who maintained his lead and was a comfortable winner with Sandy & John (Dash) Andrew Porteous also in his Solo (Whooper) third.         

               Five boats set out for race two and it was Andrew Porteous who set an early lead but he lost it when  he incurred  penalty turns for an infringement. With John Ferguson helming the Albacore (Dash) he took advantage by taking the lead with Bill Inches (Hellespont), Hunter Williamson (Whoof)  and Andrew Porteous now in fourth place. The light winds held for the remaining rounds with both Andrew & Bill overtaking the Albacore (John & Sandy) for first and second place. The RS Quest (Peter & Leonie ) retired.

               The points racing on Saturday saw an excellent turn out with eleven boats on the water with friends and family looking on from the shore. A gate start with all marks to port made for a close and exciting start with all boats heading for the same part of the start line. The order at the windward mark was Andrew Porteous (Whooper), Hunter Williamson (Whoof), Sandy Rodger & Jenny Casebow (Dash). On the downwind run with an incoming tide the fleet split into two sections. Half decided to sail along the south shore. This allowed the motor vessel, Badger to be escorted through the fleet by the rescue boat crewed by Jim Galloway & Barry Douglas. Those who took the north shore were favoured by a less strong tide and their tactics paid off with Chris Watson (Blue Meanie) now in the lead followed by Peter Bevan (Marsh Daisy)`, John Ferguson (Bare Away) and Jack Douglas (Flat oot). To the rear of the fleet cadets Ivan Kossko (Laser 4.7) and Anna Woodhead and her cousin (Cabin Feva) were sailing well.  It was Chris (Blue Meanie) who maintained his lead throughout the rest of the race followed by Andrew Porteous and Gillie Amatt (Kelpie) and Peter Bevan (Marsh Daisy). John Ferguson (Bare Away) continued to fall behind as he discovered that his boat was taking on water by the bow and sinking lower in the water but he continued racing finishing just ahead of Vicky in her Europe. Leonie Poor Sailing her Mirror missed the gate on lap one which was unfortunate and completed one round only.

               The second race of the evening with ten boats taking part, was also a gate start and this time there were two boats over the line Chris (Blue Meanie) and Hunter (Whoof). John Ferguson joined in later after effecting repairs to his boat. The two Albacores (Andrew & Gillie in Kelpie) and (Sandy & Jenny in Dash) made a good start with Chris Watson (Blue Meanie) in third at lap one. Although the wind had reduced during the race the Albacores and Laser were sailing well. Sandy & Jenny sailed into the lead from Andrew and Gillie on lap two with Chris in third. To the rear of the fleet the seven boats left were starting to fall behind with Jack Douglas (Flat Oot) retiring after round one and Vicky (Europe) and Ivan( laser 4.7) sailing two rounds and Leonie (Mirror) sailing one round. Sandy & Jenny (Dash) increased their lead to cross the line first with Andrew & Gillie (Kelpie) second and Chris (Blue Meanie) a close third.      

Results after Handicap:

Thurs 27th July ACH

Race 1: 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Marsh Daisy (J.Ferguson) 3rd Whoof (H.Williamson)

Race 2: 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Whoof ( H. Williamson) 3rd Woodpecker (J.Galloway)

Fri 28th July ACH

Race 1: 1st Whoof (H.Williamson) 2nd Dash (S. Rodger/J. Ferguson) 3rd Whooper (A. Porteous)

Race 2: 1st Whooper (A. Porteous) 2nd Hellespont (B. Inches) 3rd Whoof (H. Williamson)


Sat 29th July Points

Race 1: 1st Blue Meanie (C.Watson) 2nd March Daisy (P.Bevan) 3rd Whoof (H. Willaimson)

Race 2: 1st Dash (S.Rodger/J.Casebow) 2nd Blue Meanie (C. Watson) 3rd Kelpie (A.Porteous/G.Amatt)   




Race Reports - Commodore Fun Race / BBQ / Boat Level 2 Training - 23rd July

posted 26 Jul 2017, 00:03 by Perth Sailing Club

              The Commodore’s Fun Race BBQ was held on the Saturday evening with a record turn out of over forty people. Thanks go to Eric Taylor and other helpers on the House Committee who made the event  such a success. The Commodore’s Fun race itself was held on the Sunday rather than the Saturday due to the inclement weather conditions. A total of seven boats took part in the race and were set various challenges by Commodore Bob Watson. All boats were required to land at the new Willowgate pontoon and crews & helms had to disembark before continuing. All boats were required to sternboard (cross the line backwards) the start and finish line as they passed each lap. With a strong incoming tide blown in with an easterly and a downwind start everybody struggled to make the start line.  However it was Grant and Kerry Williamson who were first away closely followed by the rest of the fleet. John Ferguson (Bare Away) had trouble slowing his boat down and sailed into the back of the Albacore (Corden Bleu) helmed by Robin MacArthur and crewed by Hunter Williamson. The fickle wind had died by the time the fleet got to mark B and all boats were pushed by the tide towards the harbour. As the wind picked up Grant & Kerry were first to land at the pontoon and were soon on their way. They were followed by Andrew Porteous (Whooper) and John Ferguson. There were two trainee and cadets boats taking part in the race, the RS Quest helmed by Munro Gauld and crewed Joe & Molly were taken by the wind and tide to the head of the Willowgate and were joined by Anna Woodhead and Olivia sailing the RS Feva (Cabin Feva).  Cordon Bleu had an interesting stop over at the pontoon, as the mainsheet had caught on a bollard as they attempted to pull the pontoon further out into the Tay. Robin soon realised why no progress was being made and they sailed away after freeing the sheet.  Vicky Wright (Europe) did an excellent example of sailing backwards away from the mooring into clear water. The challenge of sailing backward through the start/finish lines proved exciting as the wind had picked up again. Robin & Hunter almost capsized at this point and decided to retire. Anna & Olivia were making slow progress to get back under the Friarton Bridge and were caught by a sudden gust and ended up in the Tay. The Rescue boat crewed by Brian Thorburn & Bob Watson was on hand to tow them home. At the front of the fleet it was Grant & Kerry first over the line followed by Andrew Porteous and John Ferguson third.

               Whilst the racing was taking place, Rick Raeburn the Perth Sailing Club’s Training Instructor was conducting a RYA Level Two PowerBoat Course, the first powerboat course that the Club has run since it gained it’s RYA Training Centre accreditation. The club was delighted to announce its first two trainees Leonie Poor and Gillie Amatt passed with flying colours.  Certificates and Prizes were presented after racing    

Results after Handicap:

Sun 23rd July:

Commodore’s Fun Race: 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 3rd  Albacore (G.Williamson/K.Williamson)

Commodore’s Fun Race Cadets/Trainees 1st RS Quest (M.Gauld/M.Gauld/J.Gauld) 2nd Cabin Feva (A.Woodhead/Olivia) 




Race Report - ACH & Friendship Trophy Series - 14th and 15th July

posted 25 Jul 2017, 23:58 by Perth Sailing Club

               Five boats took to the water for the continuation of the mid-week ACH series (All class Handicap).  Conditions were dry with a westerly, force 5 and gusting wind. Race Officer of the Day Jack Douglas set an unusual and daunting course for the competitors with a leeward gate instead of a single mark. Boats sailing the downwind leg of this course have a choice of marks to round. All boats got away to a good start with Bob Watson (Blue Meanie) overtaking John Ferguson (Bare Away) to take the lead on lap one.  Jim Galloway (Woodpecker) a close third with Andrew Porteous fourth. Vicky Wright (Europe) was not far behind in the gusty conditions. Bob capsized during lap two allowing both John and Jim to pull ahead.  Jim though capsized at the Leeward gate during lap 3 and took some time getting back into the boat in the difficult conditions. Vicky had an interesting moment but managed to keep control of the boat. It was John Ferguson over the line first with Andrew Porteous in second, Bob third , Vicky in fourth and Jim fifth.

               Not content with the design of the first course of the evening Race Officer Jack set up the second course with a Gate start and end. This reduced the length of the start line with all five competitors aiming for the same piece of the River Tay at the same time. This time it was Bob Watson (Blue Meanie) who was first away and he was able to keep his lead all the way though the race. John Ferguson (Bare Away) was in close contention  with Andrew Porteous (Whooper) and Jim Galloway (Woodpecker) having a tousle in their Solo’s. Vicky Wright (Europe) was keeping up close behind. Neil Hughes provided rescue cover for the evening.

               On Saturday and Sunday races were held for the Friendship Trophy. This is a new Trophy that has been awarded to the club by the Royal Tay Corinthians who visit the club on annually. Race Officer Eric Taylor set a figure of eight course with a long downwind leg.  Bob (Blue Meanie) was over the line at the start and lost time correcting his mistake and then promptly capsized on his first tack. This allowed John Ferguson (Bare Away) to lead the fleet followed closely by Andrew Porteous (Whooper). Jim Galloway (Woodpecker)  Cruise boats Badger & Catacha were steered through the fleet by Fergus MacMillan and Cadet Anna Woodhead providing recue cover for the day. All boats were doing well to keep upright in the force 6 conditions. At the line it was John Ferguson first with Andrew Porteous second , Jim Galloway third and Bob Watson fourth.

               With the wind easing slightly to a force 4 for the second leg , all boasts got away to a clean start. It was Jim Galloway (Woodpecker) in the lead but he tacked too early allowing John Ferguson (Bare Away) to take the lead. Bob Watson (Blue Meanie) overtook John on the downward leg and all boat were within 50m of each other as they passed the Race box. At mark B there both Jim Galloway (Woodpecker and Andrew Porteous (Whooper) got into difficulties.  During lap two John managed to get ahead of Bob and he extended his lead on the downwind leg. Jim Galloway (Woodpecker lost ground by having to return to round mark D allowing Andrew to pull ahead. It was John Ferguson in the lead on lap 3 with Bob unable to catch him. Jim capsized at the A mark allowing Andrew to get way. Bare Away was first over the line followed by Blue Meanie with Whooper in third and Woodpecker, fourth.

               On Sunday evening only race 3 of the Friendship Series was sailed. Sandy Rodger crewed by daughter Jenny Casebow in Dash made a good start in the light westerly breeze, with John Ferguson (Bare Away) following closely behind and Andrew Porteous (Whooper) in third. On lap two John (Bare Away)  was only a second in from Sandy & Jenny (Dash) with Andrew (Whooper) still in third. At the end of the final lap the order remained the same with Sandy/Jenny first, John second and Andrew in third. The overall winner of the Friendship Trophy Series was John Ferguson (Bare Away) who won all three races of the Series.    

Results after Handicap:

Fri 14th July:

Race 1: 1st Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 2nd Whooper (A. Porteous) 3rd Blue Meanie (B. Watson)

Race 2: 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Bare Away (A. Porteous) 3rd Woodpecker (J.Galloway)

Overall Winner Friendship Trophy : John Ferguson

Sat 15th  July:

Race 1: 1st  Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 2nd Whooper (A. Porteous) 3rd Woodpecker (J.Galloway)

Race 2: 1st Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 2nd Blue Meanie (B. Watson)3rdWhooper (A. Porteous)

Sun 16th July:

Race 3: 1st Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 2nd Dash (S.Rodger/J.Casebow) 3rd Whooper (A.Porteous)






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