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Royal Tay Yacht Club One of a Kind Regatta

by Stewart Murdoch 21 Jun 2022 13:08 BST 18-19 June 2022
RTYC One of a Kind Regatta © Tich Summers

Sunshine and a strong westerly wind greeted competitors who had travelled from as far afield as Orkney and Stromness to take part in the One of a Kind Regatta on the Tay, comprising seven of the most competitive classes in Scotland. The event was the Scottish Championship for the Dart 18, Kestrel, RS400 classes.

First off on Saturday morning were the Solo class who were holding their one day event. The arriving 5 classes watched with some trepidation as 8 Solos launched and roared off towards their start line. With a strong spring ebb tide and the wind gusting up to 28 knots it looked wet and wild from the shore and must have been an awaking for the sailors. Great spectator sport if you were not on the water. Afloat it was "challenging" with the majority of the fleet capsizing off wind despite opting to ware round rather than gibe. The rescue fleet were busy but the majority were (eventually) able to self rescue and sail back and store the days event into their memories.

The second race saw a reduced fleet of 4 cross the start line and thrash their way round the windward/leeward course. Race 3 was cancelled. Enough was enough and the Solo class had entertained us brilliantly.

It had been equally tough for the mark-boat crews, safety and race control teams. Bruised and battered they decided (wisely) to keep other classes ashore. Rescue cover was provided for those who wanted to test their strong wind capabilities and a couple of RS200's and a lone wind surfer went afloat to continue the entertainment for the assembled audience.

With the wind gusting up to 37 knots all further racing was cancelled for the day.

Solo Class Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubPts
1st4975Charlie BreknellChanory SC2
2nd6043Kevin GibbLargo Bay SC4
3rd5777Paul McCombieSt Andrews SC3

The Saturday evening social in the clubhouse was a huge success. The pizzas were provided and sponsored by Dominos, there was excellent live entertainment sponsored by Highlander Boats. The place was buzzing with a packed club house full of thirsty sailors. It was a great atmosphere reminiscent of years past.

Sunday dawned with the wind veering to the north, not quite as strong, but still frisky. The start had been brought forward to 10.00am and the Darts were first off, followed at three minute interviews by the RS400's, the Kestrels, the RS200's, and the ILCA 6 & 7 fleet.

The scheduled 4 full length races were sailed which was a test of the bladder and for some their blood sugar level. It was a very demanding day with a gusty northerly wind, huge shifts, and a strong tide ebbing throughout... with the beach and the occasional rock just waiting to bite those who were overly enthusiastic about avoiding the tide inshore.

At the prize-giving thanks were expressed to the significant workforce of volunteers who had planned and implemented the event, the race team, the beach team, those who operated the beach cafe, the RIB teams, those who co-ordinated the results, and particularly former commodore Graham Foster who stepped in at short notice to take over as OOD from Colin Scott who had tested positive for Covid.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubPts
Dart 18
1st4301Gordon KohlerVicky‑Lea MillsRTYC5
2nd8006Grant Mitchell RTYC5
3rd7990Bill CarsonSean WebsterRTYC10
1st1648Stewart MurdochKen Scott‑BrownRTYC3
2nd1621Malcolm WorsleyDannielle WorsleyRTYC6
3rd1644Ian HunterTrevor MacDonaldRTYC8
1st215206Roo Purves ELYC3
2nd192536Scott Logan East Lothian YC6
3rd147138Joshua Brown Orkney SC9
1st213798Peter Malcolm Largo Bay SC4
2nd216159Tom Mitchell RTYC4
3rd177823Andrew Leslie Orkney SC8
1st1474Calum BellLaura YoungHelensburgh SC3
2nd1530Antony GiffordRory GiffordRTYC7
3rd1642John WilsonLaura GloverELYC9
1st1523Neil McLellanHannah RobertsonDBS4
2nd874Jon GayAmanda HendersonLochaber SC4
3rd1370Peter TaylorRuary WilliamsonDBSC8

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