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)