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Scottish IOM Wooden Hull Championship 2020 at Tayside Radio Sailing Club

by Brian Summers 8 Oct 2020 14:50 BST 7 October 2020

The SD IOM Wooden Hull Championship 2020 was held on Wednesday the 7th October 2020 hosted by Tayside Radio Sailing Club at Forfar Loch the home of Forfar Sailing Club.

The event had been postponed the previous Saturday following an extremely poor forecast, amber weather warning for heavy rain and very light northerly wind.

One problem that the race team encountered was that the torrential rain from Saturday had raised the water level in the loch by almost a meter completely covering the launching jetties. A portable jetty was deployed to make launch and recovery possible without getting wet feet all be it one at a time.

As in previous years the event attracted a good number of Scottish skippers with their beautifully home built wooded planked IOMs, some by recognised designers and other self designs.

The racing got under way at 10.00 in a moderate westerly with all skippers choosing their A rig. After a couple of races the wind increased as per the forecast and all changed down to B rig which they stayed with for the remaining races. Forfar Loch lived up to its reputation for providing top class sailing conditions with its wide open waters giving close racing in a true breeze and big waves.

The racing was run under the Scottish District Covid-19 protocol 'field of play bubble' with the skippers standing at markers 3m apart and the race team 3m behind them. Standing in one spot does bring its own challenges with the boats further away than normal at times, but it does allow events and club sailing to take place during these times of restrictions.

Ian Dundas sailing his new Corbie 6 came out on top as a worthy winner after 17 races by a single point from Tich Summers Sailing his self designed Buzz 3. In the fresh conditions most skippers had some issues to overcome and in a very competitive fleet it was difficult to come back from even the smallest mistake.

Credit must go to the race team lead by race officer Boyd Baird for running a first class event and making the bold decision to postpone until a date when the forecast was already know to be perfect for radio sailing.

Overall Results:

PosSkipperSail NoClubDesignPts
1Ian Dundas38Aberdeen MYCCorbie 631
2Tich Summers7Tayside RSCBuzz III32
3Richar Rowan86Greenock MY & PBCAlternative46
4John Owens33Aberdeen MYCCorbie 547
5Malcolm Worsley52Tayside RSCIntulite56
6Colin McGinnis45Tayside RSCBuzz IIIc64
7Stewart Campbell50Kinghorn RSCStanza99
8Bob Wilson88Tayside RSCBuzz I105
9Steve Taylor43Aberdeen MYCCorbie 6118
10Sandy Mackay58Kinghorn RSCBuzz II147

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