Eleven boats took to the water for the first of the final two races of the long summer Points Series. Conditions were dry accompanied by a westerly force 2-3, sometimes increasing, then decreasing in intensity. After a coming together of boats between the Watson Enterprise and the Rodger Albacore just before the start, all boats got off to a clean start, Euan Macdonald’s Aero with Sandy Rodger crewed by daughter Jennifer leading fleet upriver to the 1st mark of a figure of eight course followed by the Watson Enterprise. Next came the Solos of Andrew Porteous and Allan Jones, then Jim Galloway with the slower boats of Eve Humphry in a Club Feva, Doug Ogilvie helming a Miracle and crewed by Jane Boyden with Neil Hughes and Gillie Amatt to the rear in a Mirror. Throughout the race there was a changing of lead positions between the Enterprise and Albacore with Bill Inches’s Firefly hot on their stern, but at the line it was Bob and Anne followed by Sandy and Jennifer with Bill in 3rd position.
As the wind was decreasing for the final race of the 2016 year Alan Jones and Jim Galloway declined to take part. It was Bob & Anne in the Enterprise that made the best start in the light conditions which favoured the North Shore. Race Officer Vicky Wright wisely altered the course to a shorter, triangular one and shortened the race to two laps only. The Watson Enterprise crossed ahead of Euan MacDonald in his Aero 7 who was also sailing well in the light airs. Bill in his Firefly had moved ahead of the Albacore of Sandy & Jennifer. Five of the fleet completed the two laps with Eve Humphry sailing the Streaker for the first time, Gillie in the Mirror and Peter Bevan taking over the Feva sailing a single lap. Jane Boyden with Robin MacArthur crewing in the Miracle also sailed a single lap. At the line it was Bob & Anne followed by Euan, with Sandy & Jennifer in the 3rd position.
Sunday saw the last of the General Sailing days of the year with a good turnout of seven boats taking advantage of the excellent sailing weather. Duty Officer Andrew Porteous sacrificed his Royal Tay Winter Series sail to officiate and with John Ferguson providing safety cover it was a superb afternoon’s sail. There were three Mirror dinghies on the water with Peter Bevan and Eve Humphry in the Miracle. Gordon Niven took out the Enterprise for a lively sail. Bill Inches was training Chris in the Albacore who suffered a slight mishap when he was knocked into the water by the boom. Undaunted he climbed aboard and continued with the session. Everybody enjoyed the last days sail. Club members are reminded that an impromptu Bonfire Night will be held at the Club on Saturday evening.
Results after Handicap:-
Race 1 : 1st Hellespont (B.Inches) 2nd Aeolian (B.Watson/A. Watson) 3rd Woodpecker (J.Galloway)
Race 2: 1st Aeolian (B.Watson/A.Watson) 2nd Whooper (A.Porteous) 3rd Hellespont (.B.Inches)
It was a fine morning for Sunday’s Heathens race with six boats taking part. Race Officer Eric Taylor set a challenging course with two alternating upwind marks to aim for and a sole downwind mark. All boats were the correct side of the line except for Bob & Anne in their Enterprise who made quick dip over the line at the last moment to make a perfect start. Chris Watson (Blue Meanie) was first to the mark A but chose the wrong course to the C mark losing 4 places along the way. He lost more time on the way as he had to make way for Bob & Anne on Starboard on lap two. Grant Williamson also in a laser was in the lead on lap two followed by Bob/Anne then Chris. Chris regained the lead at C mark with Bob & Anne in the Enterprise rounding the mark together with Euan McDonald in his Aero 7 and Hunter Williamson in his Solo. Lap three, Chris Watson had extended his lead followed by Grant Williamson also in a laser followed by the Watson Enterprise and the elder Williamson in his Solo. As the boats chased for the line it was Chris in Blue Meanie who took the honours followed by the Laser of Grant and Bob & Anne in the Enterprise side by side with Euan in his Aero 7 in fifth place, Hunter (Solo) some three seconds behind and the second Enterprise helm by Bill Inches last over the line.
Results after Handicap:-
Heathens – 1st Blue Meanie (C.Watson) 2nd Whoof (H.Williamson) 3rd Aeolian (B. Watson/A.Watson)
Eleven boats took to the water for the continuation of the long summer Points series. In very light wind and sunshine the Albacore of Robin MacArthur crewed by Gillie Amatt led the fleet closely followed by the Lasers of Ian Noble and Bob Watson then Hunter Williamson’s Solo. Next, neck and neck were the Firefly of Bill Inches and Solo of Andrew Porteous with Jim Galloway right on their stern followed by Alan Jones. To the rear of the fleet were the Miracle helmed by Leonie Poor and crewed by Peter Bevan and Sandy Rodger with Vicky’s Europe struggling in the very light wind. With lessening wind there were five retirals, two during the second round and three in the final third round. First over the line was Bob followed by Ian with Hunter in 3rd position. The 2nd race of the day was cancelled due to lack of wind.
Seven boats took part in Sunday’s racing. Conditions were sunny with a light and patchy easterly wind. Race officer of the day John Ferguson created an unconventional downwind start of a triangular course with a choice of starboard or port turn round the 1st mark (A) in round one confusing some of the helms as Andrew Porteous took marks B & C first. Euan Macdonald was also the wrong side at start but did head off correctly to A mark while Hunter Williamson took A mark to port and Bob Watson and Bill Inches took A to starboard. The fleet were all quite close when they passed the clubhouse so taking the A mark either to port or starboard did not seem to make a great difference to any of the boats in their placing. There seemed to be more wind during rounds one and two, but lighter in third. Bob took an early lead, but Euan passed through to lead most of the race . Andrew made a good recovery, but Gordon and Kirsty in the Club Enterprise didn’t manage to round the final mark. First over the line was Euan followed by Hunter with Andrew in 3rd position.
The second race of the day saw a decrease in wind strength being south easterly and very light. The course was shortened to two marks with an upwind start and the tide on the turn. Euan broke clear of the fleet who were stealing each others’ wind. As two power boats motored past a little bit of wind seemed to fill in from the back and the two Solos of Hunter and Andrew closed in on Euan’s Aero. The fleet bunched up again as they approached the B mark, only to start drifting back with the lack of wind and outgoing tide. As the “shorten” signal was sounded Bob’s Laser passed the A mark for the second time and the race was abandoned after 24 minutes of struggling.
Results after Handicap:-
Race 1 – 1st Blue Meanie (B.Watson) 2nd Laser (I. Noble) 3rd Whoof (H.Williamson)
Race 1 - 1st Whoof (H.Williamson) 2nd Whooper (A.Porteous) 3rd Hellesport (B.Inches)
Eight boats took part in the downriver race on Sunday morning for the Millhurst Race sailing downriver to where the Earn meets the Tay and back upriver again. The wind was south westerly and variable, force 3 gusting 4 at times then dropping to force 1-2, but picking up again towards Sleepless Inch and increasing to force 5 and gusting towards the finish. The start was delayed a few minutes to allow all boats to launch after which they made a good start on a broad reach with all boats bunched together until the first bend downriver. Grant Williamson in a Laser and Euan Macdonald in his Aero 7 began to draw ahead while the Miracle helmed by Peter Bevan and crewed by Anna and Eve and that of Doug Ogilivie, crewed by Vicky Wright fell slightly behind. As the wind dropped round the bend, all boats began to struggle against the strong incoming tide, but the Miracle of Peter and the girls managed to catch up the main fleet leaving Doug and Vicky to bring up the rear. As they approached the Millhurst mark, the Albacore of Andrew Porteous, crewed by daughter Gilly began to nose ahead, but Bob Watson in his Laser had the right of water at the mark and rounded first closely followed by Andrew and Gilly, then Euan, Hunter and Grant. Andrew pulled ahead once again as they returned back upriver ahead of Bob with Hunter in 3rd position. These boats all managed to pull ahead of the rest of the fleet on the beat back home with the wind increasing and becoming more gusty as the finish approached. Andrew and Gilly led the fleet home, sitting out hard at times. Bob capsized, but recovered quickly with Ian Noble following suit! Peter, Anna and Eve sailing very well indeed finished eleven seconds ahead of Hunter on corrected time with Andrew and Gilly another twenty-two seconds behind in third position.
Results after Handicap:-
Sun. 24.9.16 – Millhurst Race
1st Ptarmigan (P.Bevan/A.Woodhead/E.Humphrey) 2nd Whoof (H.Williamson) 3rd Kelpie (A.Porteous/G.Amatt)
There was an excellent turn out of sailors for the popular Strathmore series of Races sponsored by A G Barr. Fifteen boats helmed and crewed by nineteen members with two races being held each day. Race one took place in very light wind conditions. Jack Douglas sailing his Streaker made a good start followed by Robin MacArthur and Gillie Amatt in the Albacore Cordon Bleu. Euan MacDonald was helming his Aero 7 well, followed by Jim Galloway in his Solo. Ian Noble in the Club’s laser was trying to catch up with the leaders with Cadet Eve Humphry following in the Feva. To the back of the fleet the two Solo’s of Andrew Porteous and Doug Ogilvie were struggling as the wind dropped towards the end of the race. It was the Albacore of Robin and Gillie who were first over the line followed by Jim Galloway with Euan Macdonald in third place.
All boats got away to a clear start in race two on starboard tack except for Bill Inches in his Firefly who started on port, resulting in the other boats having to give way to him as he made his way upriver towards the first mark. Robin and Gillie though soon overtook him, followed by Sandy crewed by Vicky, then Ian, Jim and Peter. Next in line was Andrew followed by Euan then Andrew and Jack. With ever decreasing wind and a strong outgoing tide Eve Humphry crewed by Mum Jane were struggling in the Club Feva. First over the line was Robin and Gilly with only one second separating them from the second Albacore of Sandy and Vicky with Ian in 3rd position.
There was slightly more wind for day two of the Strathmore series and with fifteen boats taking part in race three the start was delayed by a few minutes to allow everybody to get on the water. The course remained the same as the previous day with all marks taken to Starboard. It was very close racing with only one minute separating the bulk of the fleet as they completed lap one. The order was Sandy Rodger crewed by his daughter Jennifer in the Albacore Dash led Robin & Gordon also in the Albacore Cordon Bleu followed by Ian Noble in the laser with others close behind. Euan MacDonald in his Aero7 had a good race catching up on the final lap and crossing the line in third place behind the two Albacore overtaking Ian Noble along the way. At the back of the fleet Paul and Victoria Rytson in their first race in their Albacore “Angus Ogg”did well finishing just behind Peter Bevan and Eric Taylor in the Club Albacore.
Fourteen boats took part in the final race of the series with cadet Ivan Kossko joining in in his Laser 4.7 Rig. It was close racing from the start with the wind dying, boats were changing positions throughout the race. Bill Inches (Firefly) and Ian Noble elected to sail along the North shore towards the leeward mark and gained some advantage. The race was shortened to two laps only and it was the Albacore Dash crewed by Sandy & Jennifer who crossed the line first. Bob Watson in his Laser Blue Meanie finished just ahead of Ian Noble also in a Laser by three seconds to gain second place.
After handicaps were taken into account the overall winner of the Series was Jim Galloway in his Solo Woodpecker. Perth Sailing Club wishes to thanks A G Barr for sponsoring the Series.
Results after Handicap:-
Sat. 17/9/16:- Race 1 :1st Woodpecker (J.Galloway) 2nd Cordon Bleu (R.MacArthur/G.Amatt)
3rd RS Aero (E.MacDonald)
Race 2: 1st Cordon Bleu (R.MacArthur/G.Amatt) 2nd Dash (S.Rodger/J.Rodger)
3rd Laser (Ian Noble)
Sun. 18/9/16:- Race 3 1st Dash (S.Rodger/J.Rodger) 2nd RS Aero (E.MacDonald) 3rd Woodpecker (J.Galloway)
Race 4 1st Whooper (A.Porteous) 2nd Woodpecker (J.Galloway) 3rd Dash (S.Rodger/J.Rodger)
Winner Strathmore Series Jim Galloway 2nd Sandy Roger/Jennifer Rodger 3rd Robin MacArthur/Gillie Amatt
Ten boats took to the water for Sunday’s Heathens race. Conditions were dry, but cloudy with a south/south westerly variable light wind. Andrew Porteous helming his Albacore and crewed by son Richard made an excellent start upriver to the first mark of a triangular course, a position he held throughout the race followed by the Solo of Hunter Williamson, then the Lasers of Bob Watson and Sandy Rodger. Next came Jack Douglas helming his Streaker followed by the Firefly of Bill Inches the the Solo of Jim Galloway. To the rear came the slower boats, Vicky Wright helming her Europe followed by the Enterprise sailed by Gordon and Kirsty Niven then Ivan helming a Mirror. At times the course presented some difficulties for all boats with the very light wind being very variable with the slower boats results being worked out on average lap time. First over the line following four rounds was Andrew and Richard followed by Bob with Hunter in third position.
Results after Handicap:-
Sun. 11/9/16:- 1st Kelpie (A.Porteous/R.Porteous) 2nd Whoof (H.Williamson) 3rd Blue Meanie (B.Watson)
Ten boats took to the water on Sunday for the continuation of the Points Series. Conditions were cloudy accompanied by a relentless soaking rain and an easterly force 2-3 wind. Jack Douglas helming his mother’s Europe got away to a good start downriver towards the first mark of a figure of eight course closely followed by the Albacores of Robin MacArthur and Sandy Roger crewed by Kerry Williamson. Euan Macdonald in his Aero 7 and Hunter Williamson’s Solo both hit the first mark as the strong incoming tide pushed them back against it and incurred a penalty turn. Hunter then appeared to be experiencing steering problems mid-river which lost him some time. To the rear of the fleet were Gordon Niven helming a Laser and Vicky Wright crewed by Anna in a Club Feva. With Robin and Sandy neck and neck just before the end of the first lap, Sandy managed to pull ahead during the 2nd while Hunter had caught up with the leaders. Bill Inches in his Firefly led the slower boats followed by Euan. With the wind dying at the end of the 2nd round, all boats were struggling back downriver against the strong incoming tide, but Bill making good inroads on the fleet in his Firefly, but they battled on for the final round with Hunter again having a close encounter with the 1st mark of the course and incurring a further penalty turn. There were a few retirees during the final lap – Jack, Gordon and Vicky bowed out due to lack of wind. First over the line were Sandy and Kerry followed by Bill with Andrew in 3rd position.
Eleven boats entered the 2nd race of the evening. With very little wind the Ood implemented an easier two mark course, following which the wind immediately increased in strength again! After a hiccough at the start of the race with a faulty hooter, the boats finally got away with Grant storming into the lead, a position he held throughout the three rounds with the Albacores of Sandy crewed by Kerry and Robin crewed by Paul Rytson in valiant but futile pursuit. Hunter came next closely followed by Jack in his Streaker with Andrew only one second behind him as they finished the 1st lap, then Bill. Euan’s Aero led the slower boats followed by Vicky in her Europe then Eve Humphrey in the Club Feva. First over the line was Grant followed by Hunter with Sandy and Kerry in 3rd position.
The lack of wind on Saturday did not deter ten boats taking to the water for the Club’s Annual Fun Race. The Commodore set a challenging course which involved backward sailing at various stages of the proceedings. The Albacore crewed by Sandy Rodger and Eric Taylor took an early lead closely followed by Grant Williamson in his father’s Laser. There was quite a bit of bunching at the windward mark, the Commodore had allowed competitors to use their paddles in the light conditions but some took advantage of this relaxation of the rules to splash their rivals as they sailed on by. Cadets Eve Humphry and Anna Woodhead in the Feva were determined ot finish the course and although Jack Douglas was a late starter he elected to paddle his way around the entire course to take first place for the Cadets with Eve and Anna second. Adults Sandy & Eric took first place for the adults. A well attended BBQ was held after racing and the Commodore is very grateful to all the members who made the evening a great success.
Results after Handicap:-
Race 1:- 1st Hellesport (B.Inches) 2nd Whooper (A.Porteous) 3rd Dash (S. Rodger/K.Williamson)
Race 2:- 1st Laser (G.Williamson) 2nd Whoof (H.Williamson) 3rd Whooper (A.Porteous)
Fun Race Cadets 1st Flat Oot (J.Douglas) 2nd Feva (E.Humphry/ A Woodhead) Adults 1st Dash (S.Rodger/E.Taylor) 2nd Laser (G.Williamson) 3rd Feva (P.Bevan)
September. Eight boats took part in race one. All boats got away to clean start with the two Mirrors helmed by Neil Hughes and Amanda having difficulty in getting way from the line. Jack Douglas in his Streaker Flat Oot rounded the top mark first with Colin Fullerton and Andrew Porteous following closely behind. The positions remained the same with Jack crossing the line in first place. Race two saw a better start by all the boats. Different tactics were employed by the leaders, Euan Macdonald in his Bahia opting for the south shore, whilst the remainder held to the middle of the river. There was close racing at the back of the fleet with the two Mirror dinghies between Neil & Amanda. Jack and Euan in the Bahia were having close race as were Colin and Andrew both in Solos. Vicky Wright was sailing well in the conditions and finished a creditable fifth in both races. A gust caught out the two Solos as they approached the line and both Hunter and Colin capsized allowing Euan to cross the line in second place after Jack’s second win of the day.
The second of Perth Sailing Club’s downriver races for 2016, the Towback was held on Sunday. Eight boats took part in the light conditions. After one sailing the leading four boats were well ahead of the rest of the fleet. Only a minute separated all these boats at the finish. First across the line was Hunter Williamson in his Solo and ten seconds later Andrew Porteous and his daughter Gillie finished in second place. Third across the line was John Ferguson in his Streaker Bare Away and two seconds later it was Sandy Rodger and daughter Jennifer in their Albacore Dash. The fourth place boat was Jack Douglas in his Streaker Flat Oot only a second behind the Albacore. Thanks to Race Officer Bill Inches and Safety Officers Eric Taylor and Fergus MacMillan who were on hand to tow all eight boats back up river to Perth with the Rescue Boats.
Results after Handicap:-
Sat. 13th August
Race 1: 1st Flat Oot (J.Douglas) 2rd Solo (C.Fullerton) 3rd Whooper (A.Porteous)
Race 2: 1st Flat Oot (J.Douglas) 2nd Whooper (A. Porteous) 3rd Needless Extravagance (E. MacDonald)
Sun 14th August
Towback: 1st Whoof (H.Williamson) 2nd Bare Away (J. Ferguson) 3rd Flat Oot (J.Douglas)
Despite the gale force winds, four boats entered for Sunday’s points race. Chris Watson sailing in the Laser Blue Meanie capsized before the start but managed to recover in time for the starting sequence. The Streakers of John Ferguson and Peter Bevan also capsized as the starting gun was sounded. Jack Douglas also in a Streaker and Chris Watson managed to make a clean start and made their way to the top mark of the three mark course. All boats eventually managed to go around the top mark and then made a very fast run across wind to the second mark. The strength of the wind was such that all boats capsized whilst attempting the gybe. Both Chris and John were able to make good recoveries. Jack’s Streaker (Flat Oot) had taken on so much water that at the last mark the boat was continually driving it’s nose into the water and he was unable to make progress back up the river. He ran aground on the North bank and retired from the race. Meanwhile at the front Chris was trying to keep the laser upright and was finding that tacking was extremely difficult without getting into irons. This resulted in a few more capsizes. Peter Bevan in his Streaker (Marsh Daisy) managed to complete one lap before performing a spectacular leeward capsize which saw him land some three meters away from the boat. Peter decided to retire from the race. John Ferguson who was sailing closeby was also caught by the same violent gust of wind and this also tipped him into the Tay. John though managed to make bring the boat upright and continue . Due to the extreme conditions Race officer Vicky Wright in conjunction with the Safety Officers (Jim Galloway and Eric Taylor)in the Rescue boat decided, wisely to shorten the race. Chris in Blue Meanie had another capsize but still finished some five minutes ahead of John. As recognition of the efforts of all involved, average lap times were used to calculate the final results. As the wind showed no sign of abating, race two of the day was cancelled. (Photo Chris Watson (Blue Meanie) righting his Laser after another capsize)
Results after Handicap:-
Sun. 7th August
Points: 1st Blue Meanie (C.Watson) 2rd Bare Away (J.Ferguson) 3rd Marsh Daisy (P.Bevan)
PSC Regatta & RNLI Pennant Races
Weather conditions were warm, dry, but gusty for the start of the Club’s Regatta weekend racing. Seven boats got away to a clear start in a W/NW force 10-15 knots, Jack Douglas leading at 2nd mark of a figure of eight course followed by Eric Taylor helming his Phantom then the Solo’s of Jim Galloway and Colin Fullerton. The backmarkers were Oliver Williams helming the Kestrel, crewed by Kelly Brand, followed by Peter Bevan helming a Club Feva crewed by Anna Woodhead with Douglas Ogilvie crewed by Robin Macarthur in a Miracle. Eric gained the lead on the downwind leg while Jack just managed to stay ahead of Jim. Eric then experienced some problems towards end of second leg losing him his lead. With very gusty conditions the Race Officer shortened the race to 3 laps. First over the line was Jack closely followed by Colin with Oliver and Kelly in 3rdposition.
The same seven boats took to the water for the second race of the day. The gusty wind had flattened out after a shower of rain stopped and conditions were nice. It was another clean start, Eric leading on the downwind leg well clear of Oliver, Jim and Colin together with Jack behind. By the second leg Jack had caught up and passed Oliver, Jim and Colin, but Eric still well ahead. With the wind abating to between 0 and 5 knots Eric managed to extend his lead while the two Solos caught up with Jack. Unfortunately, Oliver and Kelly got stuck in irons at a flat spot in the river which lost them some time. First over the line was Eric followed by Jack a good five minutes later with Oliver and Kelly in 3rd position.
Strong winds continued for the second day of the regatta with eight boats taking part. John Ferguson with newcomer Stephen Mackay in the Albacore Mirage were first over the line in lap one closely followed by Jack Douglas in his Streaker and Robin Macarthur and Gillie Amatt in the second Albacore Cordon Bleu. Colin Fullerton (Solo) and Peter Bevan sailing his Streaker with a reduced rig were continually swapping positions throughout the race. Bill Inches in his Firefly, Hellespont crewed by Poppy Mackay retired during lap three as the wind increased. Brian Thorburn and Vicky Wright retired during the last lap due to the conditions. Amanda in the Mirror dinghy managed to complete two laps. There was a close finish with Peter Bevan almost capsizing on the finish line. John and Stephen crossed the line first followed by Robin and Gilly with and Jack in 3rd position.
Mirage got away to a fast start on the last race of the regatta with John at the helm and Stephen getting the hang of crewing at only his second occasion out on the water. Their lead steadily increased throughout the four lap race and they finished some three minutes ahead of the rest of the fleet. Sandy Rodger had taken over the helm from Robin and with Gilly as crew they finished second. Peter Bevan finished in third place. However on the very last lap Brian and Vicky were caught out by a sudden gust and capsized, requiring assistance from the Rescue boat crewed by Rick Raeburn and Robin Macarthur.
Results after Handicap:-
Sat. 30th July
RNLI Pennant : 1st Flat Oot (J.Douglas) 2rd Noatak (O.Williams/K.Brand) 3rd Solo (C.Fullerton)
Regatta Race 1: 1st Cormorant (E. Taylor) 2nd Noatak (O. Williams/K.Brand) 3rd Flat Oot (J.Douglas)
Sun 31st July
Regatta Race 2: 1st Flat Oot(J.Douglas) 2nd Mirage (J.Ferguson/S.Mackay) 3rd Marsh Daisy (P.Bevan)
Regatta Race 3: 1st Mirage (J.Ferguson/S.Mackay) 2nd Marsh Daisy (P.Bevan) 3rd Flat Oot (J.Douglas)
Overall Winner 2016 PSC Regatta: 1st Jack Douglas 7 Pts, 2nd Peter Bevan 11 Pts 3rd Colin Fullerton 13 Pts
Royal National Lifeboat Institution Pennant Winner: Jack Douglas