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UKLA Grand Prix and Streaker Open at St Marys Loch Sailing Club

by Chris Blake 30 Jun 13:02 BST 29-30 May 2021
UKLA Grand Prix at St Mary's Loch Sailing Club © Alison Boyd

UKLA training event (Saturday 29th May)

A much looked forward to prequel to the open meeting, hopefully trepidation reducing activity designed to ease the nerves due to 18 months without racing. The day dawned with a beautiful blue sky and NO WIND! A high quality trio of RYA coaches led by Lewis Smith, head Laser coach for Scotland, sorted the group into standard, radial and youth sub groups for on shore learning with the hope that the wind would fill in later.

Group learning included a much needed racing rules refresher which was led by Ali Morrish who has a fantastic and very practical understanding of the rules in action - great fun and very informative. Lewis Smith had brought his Laser along and used it to talk us through detail of each of the main controls, covering how and why he sets the boat up for different conditions and demonstrating the use of kicker, cunningham, outhaul and traveller, also where to store your drinking water and how to keep water out by using steel springs in the bailer! The third session was run by Kieran Graham.

In the afternoon, the wind did what it was supposed to do and filled in with a nice 2 or 3. The Radial group followed Ali Morrish out in the rib and had an excellent afternoon sailing triangles, tacking and gybing on the whistle and then a series of 4 short triangle races with regular regrouping for feedback round the rib and individual coaching form Ali following each of us as we raced.

In all it was an excellent day's coaching and the despite mixed range of experience in the groups we all felt there was a tremendous amount for everyone to take away.

Huge thanks to the RYA coaching team.

UKLA Grand Prix (Sunday 30th May)

After a warm welcome from Hamish Dobbie, Commodore and Gerry Goodfellow, race officer, there followed a very clear briefing on planned races and club Covid preparations and rules to keep everyone safe, the fleet got on the water around 11.30 am.

The wind was not playing ball delivering a shifting 0kts to 5kts, however by midday the pressure was more steady, but still light and racing got under way shortly afterwards.

The Radial fleet numbered 26 with a good turnout of club boats and a large group of very competent visiting sailors, the on-water competition was brilliant, whether you were at the front of the fleet, middle or following there was always someone to race against. The three fleets, Standard, Radial and 4.7 (plus four Streakers) each had a start - very well managed by the race committee and the competitors played their part to ensure there were no delays to a very full starting schedule. As the day went on the sun got stronger and those of us wearing dry suits began to boil in the bag! While waiting between races I was asked if I was a local? Yes, I replied - 'is it safe to drink from the Loch?'. This visitor had clearly not seen Lewis's session on race preparation and where to stow your drinking water!

The wind held out and all three races were completed for each group. Congratulations to the race officer - despite at times light and shifty conditions the race courses held well with good beats and downwind legs for all.

We were all back ashore by around 16.30 to get our shorts and T shirts on and pack boats away in lovely warm sunshine.

A great re-introduction to post lockdown dinghy racing, superbly organised offering a warm welcome, close racing and and a safe environment in a Covid world.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmnameClubR1R2R3Pts
Laser 4.7 ILCA 4 Class
1st146478Shona RedpathSt Marys Loch Sailing Club1‑212
2nd7Pierre Briot de la crochaisSedbergh School‑3134
3rd8Johannes KoschSedbergh School2‑324
Laser Radial ILCA 6 Class
1st190778Oscar ShillingDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club11‑32
2nd215383Thomas BatesRipon Sailing Club‑3213
3rd172700Mary‑anne BeacockConiston‑6628
4th Mary‑Jane PiperTynemouth Sailing Club53‑68
5th176814Iain MillarSt Marys Loch Sailing Club4‑548
6th190803Rodger WSt Marys Loch Sailing Club27‑89
7th216141Alex HorsmanRipon Sailing Club84‑1112
8th145896Grace CullingKillington‑118513
9th138531Seb ShillingDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club79‑1016
10th77Myles RipleySedbergh School12‑14719
11th180627Rachel JacksonSt Marys Loch Sailing Club1010‑1220
12th182257Chris BlakeSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑1313922
13th125720Peter CauntSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑16111526
14th120128Ian MalcolmSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑15121426
15th18Matthias KoschSedbergh School‑19161329
16th182233Dan SwaffieldSt Marys Loch Sailing Club14‑181731
17th146479Michael LewisSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑21151833
18th43304Sarah PolnaySt Marys Loch Sailing Club9(RET)DNS34
19th184295Hamish DobbieSt Marys Loch Sailing Club1717‑2034
20th75377Duncan WilloughbySt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑22191635
21st169143Sam JonesSt Marys Loch Sailing Club1820‑2138
22nd122250Keith ThomasSt Marys Loch Sailing Club20‑211939
23rd198571Victoria DobbieSt Marys Loch Sailing Club(DNS)DNSDNS50
23rd189063Noah JonesSt Marys Loch Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC50
Laser Standard ILCA 7 Class
1st215304Lewis SmithRoyal Forth Yacht Club1‑323
2nd213580Stuart BelfieldLoch Lomond Sailing Club31‑64
3rd214942Tim KeighleyWest Riding Sc22‑34
4th207733Jonathan NicollUllswater Yacht Club‑10617
5th185252Neal PiperTynemouth Sailing Club5‑749
6th206183Ian FitzgeraldPort Edgar Yacht Club‑6459
7th144673Gareth BeacockConiston75‑812
8th210191John PitkethlyTynemouth Sailing Club4‑10913
9th202213David ShillingDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club8‑9715
10th200975Gabriele DadoLargs Sailing Club98‑1117
11th139737David ShannonSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑11111021
12th128961Nathan McMorranSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑12121224
13th132256Ian PriceSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑13131326
14th173320Mark JonesSt Marys Loch Sailing Club‑14141428
15th151250Alasdair DicksonSt Marys Loch Sailing Club15(DSQ)1530
16th208933Simon WeatherspoonDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club(DNS)DNSDNS34
Streaker Standard Class
1st1668Guy WheelerAnnandale‑1112
2nd2112Katie MastersonSt Marys Loch Sailing Club22‑34
3rd1731Elaine RossAnnandale‑3325
4th1951Angus BeytsNewburgh‑4448
5th1973James SinclairEast Lothian Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNC14
5th1575Ruth VaughanSt Marys Loch Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNC14

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