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)