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)