Please select your home edition
Edition
Melges IC37 2019 Leaderboard

Glasgow Grouse Team Racing at Bardowie Loch

by Peter Collings 3 Nov 2016 13:57 GMT 29-30 October 2016
Light wind start in Group A during the Glasgow Grouse team racing © Leanne Fischler / Fisch Photography

When the idea for the Glasgow Grouse was first pitched, we worked out a break-even point of 9 teams. We decided to be ambitious and aim for 12 entries. Now, just over four years on, the event attracted 24 teams, with another 6 having to be turned away (as much as we wanted to use the #biggerthanbusa hashtag!).

The previous week of towing and preparation left 24 boats rigged, siphoned and ready to go on the water. The only problem was that the water was a perfect mirror, and the forecast didn't offer much hope of improvement. It was left to Glasgow's overworked helpers to supply the frustrated teams with bacon rolls and pasta. Eventually the decision was made to can at 1400, whereupon the breeze set in as the last bus was pulling out of the gate. Fortunately for the race committee's sanity, it didn't hold, and everyone was able to head to the ceilidh regret-free.

The ceilidh can only be described as a complete success, with only one trip to A&E resulting, and this year it wasn't even from Manchester. The next morning, the loch was still glassy though, and there was no sign of any breeze on the horizon. People started muttering about a cancellation. Newcastle were edging towards their minibus. The race committee were working out how to get a result for a 24-team event in under 10 races. Just when it seemed like we were going to have to scrub Rule 42 and declare a free-for-all, a westerly force 2 crept over the hill at the end of the loch soon after 11 and settled down on the racing area.

With 60 races to get through to complete the group stage, we were going to be pushed for time, but the crack race management team were able to keep things moving at a brisk pace. By 3 o'clock, the 24 teams had been whittled down to 8, with the top two teams from each group advancing to quarter finals.

The first quarter final saw Edinburgh A comfortably dispatch Newcastle A. RNCYC beat Strathclyde Green, Strathclyde Blue defeated BDKMG, and Edinburgh Import were victorious over Newcastle B in the other quarters.

With the wind threatening to die things rolled straight into the semi finals, with RNCYC beating Edinburgh A with a 1-2, and Strathclyde Blue doing the same thing to Edinburgh Import, besting them off the line and holding the combination all the way around the course.

The final was then between RNCYC and Strathclyde Blue in a best-of-three showdown. In a tight first race, RNCYC crossed the line in a 2-3-4, after both teams had kept the umpires busy the whole way around the racecourse. In the second, they won the start, securing a 1-2-4 by mark 1, and holding it to the finish, retaining the Glasgow Grouse.

As always, massive thanks to everyone who made the event run so smoothly, in spite of tricky conditions. Greg the PRO, Ruaridh and Ali on the beach, Fitz, Fester and Tor who always run a mean start boat, all the umpiring team who, like all umpiring teams, never made a bad call, James Logan for the loan of his RIB, Leanne Fischler for the photography, Doros the bosun, Smith the helper coordinator and the hordes of volunteers who did every job imaginable from lifting boats to cooking bacon.

And of course a few additional thank yous to our sponsors, Your Book List, Dram, Viper and Summer Sail Week, and to Clyde Cruising Club and Glasgow University Sports Association, whose support is vital to getting us on the water.

A full photo album is available on Facebook here.

Overall Results:

Winner: RNCYC
Runners Up: Strathclyde Blue
Third Place: Edinburgh Import
Fourth Place: Edinburgh A
Other Quarter Finalists: BDKMG, Strathclyde Green, Newcastle A, Newcastle B

Group Stages:

PosTeam NameWins
Group A
1stEdinburgh A5
2ndNewcastle B4
3rdGlasgow Beige3
4thBig Booty Bitches1
5thAberdeen1
6thManchester Blue1
Group B
1stRNCYC5
2ndStrathclyde Blue4
3rdManchester Purple3
4thSt. Andrews2
5thEdinburgh D1
6thAberdeen Skite0
Group C
1stBDKMG4
2ndStrathclyde Green4
3rdManchester Yellow3
4thGlasgow Blue3
5thEdinburgh C1
6thAnnandale0
Group D
1stEdinburgh Import5
2ndNewcastle A4
3rdThe Synergistic Koalas3
4thGlasgow Green2
5thStrathclyde White1
6thEdinburgh B0

Related Articles

Monaco Optimist Team Race overall
Turks triumph ahead of Monegasques For a decade the Yacht Club de Monaco has hosted an original team race contest for under-14 sailors from all over the world, with 16 teams representing 16 nations. Posted on 14 Jan
Monaco Optimist Team Race day 1
Dream conditions with a stable 12-knot south-westerly beneath sunny skies A crowd gathered on Thursday morning on Quay Louis II for the first day of the Monaco Optimist Team Race, organised with the support of FxPro, Eventica, Fon, technical clothing supplier SLAM and Erplast. Posted on 11 Jan
Monaco Optimist Team Race kicks-off today
16 teams, from 16 nations set for the event 16 teams, 16 nations totalling 64 sailors under-14 have descended on the Principality for the 10th Monaco Optimist Team race, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco with the support of FxPro, Eventica, Fon and Peace and Sport. Posted on 10 Jan
Brummy Bender 2018
Yet another successful weekend of Firefly Team Racing The Brummy Bender, hosted by the University of Birmingham at Bartley Sailing Club, returned for yet another successful weekend of Firefly Team Racing on 16th-18th November. Posted on 27 Dec 2018
Bembridge Illusion Inter Club Team Racing
High wind racing for the event! Strong winds were forecast for the annual Illusion Team Racing Championships held at Bembridge over last weekend (8th & 9th December) and first thing on Saturday it looked very much as if they would have to be postponed. Posted on 10 Dec 2018
The Glasgow Grouse 2018
Team racing event takes place with 24 teams and 4 flights of boats With 24 teams and 4 flights of boats, The Grouse returned to Glasgow once again for its sixth year in a row. Posted on 10 Nov 2018
Scottish Student Women's Team Racing Championship
Bardowie Beasts win in Oban Bay The second Scottish team racing event of the new season took place at Oban Sailing Club over the 3-4 November. This was hosted and run by the University of Highlands and Islands Wind and Wave Club (UHIWWC), the newest student sailing club in Scotland. Posted on 8 Nov 2018
RYA Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships
250 sailors battle at Farmoor Reservoir After two days of contrasting weather, Rugby School claimed the title of youth champions racing in the Firefly while Hollowell/Shustoke took the junior honours in the RS Feva. Posted on 15 Oct 2018
British American Cup 2019 Team Selection
Trials to be held at Queen Mary over the next few months The 2019 edition of the British American Cup (BA Cup) will be sailed at Queen Mary Sailing Club, West London from the 19th to the 21st September in the J80's supplied by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. Posted on 13 Oct 2018
Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships preview
Young sailors ready for racing at Oxford this weekend More than 250 youngsters from across the country will head to Oxford this weekend for two days of competition at the RYA Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships. Posted on 12 Oct 2018