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Scottish Skiff Event at Prestwick Sailing Club

by John Evans 13 May 2011 07:29 BST 7-8 May 2011
Scottish Skiffs at Prestwick © Alan Henderson /

The weekend of 7/8 May saw 10 Musto Skiffs amongst a total of 15 skiffs of many types, taking part in the first Scottish Skiff event of 2011 at Prestwick. Musto’s came from Aberdeen in the North to Derwent Reservoir in the South.

The initial very light offshore wind did not look very promising, however after about a 45 minute postponement the wind increased and racing started.

The first race was sailed in marginal conditions, with the offshore breeze giving tricky holes which caused several windward capsizes. Alastair Conn won this race.

The wind settled for the second race which was again won by Alastair Conn.

Race 3 was sailed in a squall which had come through with the wind increasing to 15 to 20 knots and the sea building, giving some exciting sailing conditions.

The wind then subsided for the last race of the day, with the skiff sailors returning to shore at six o’clock, for a well deserved curry in the club house.

Alastair Conn was the overnight leader with Ian Renilson in second place. Sunday morning again looked as if it was going to be a light wind affair, but on the sail out to the start the wind increased and racing was held in 15 to 20 knots of Southerly wind.

The conditions suited Ian Renilson whose four wins helped him finish the eight race series ahead of Alastair, with John Evans third.

Overall Results:

1. Ian Renilson, Dalgety Bay, Musto Skiff, 9 pts
2. Alastair Conn, Derwent Res, Musto Skiff, 13 pts
3. John Evans, Derwent Res, Musto Skiff, 25 pts
4. Paul Rigg & Fiona Hall, RS800, 34 pts

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