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Edinburgh Regatta 2022 at Granton, Edinburgh

by Sarah Robertson 29 Jun 2022 16:55 BST 25-26 June 2022
Edinburgh Regatta 2022 © David Penny

The Edinburgh Regatta took place on 25/26 June at Granton, Edinburgh, jointly hosted by Royal Forth YC and Forth Corinthians YC. It was last held in 2019 like so many other events.

Traditionally all keelboats are invited to this regatta on the Forth for both windward/leeward racing for Fast & Slow yachts and Sports/Day boats as well as passage races for Cruisers.

Entries were difficult to predict so the organising committee were delighted to receive 26 entries from the host clubs as well as Port Edgar and Burntisland. Port Edgar SC organised a feeder race on Saturday morning which delivered their boats to Granton just in time for the first start. Unfortunately Covid and other unfortunate events had started to impact the fleet even before the start and Saturday racing started with 22 boats spread across 5 classes - six 707s and handicap complications warranted a separate result for this class.

A brisk SW wind resulted in some exciting racing for all classes. The cruisers started first on a 10-mile race followed 15 minutes later by the other classes. The 2 windward/leeward races were exciting to watch with some close racing in the 707s and some spectacular broaches as the wind picked up. At the end of the 2 races James McDougall and team in Beneteau First 30E "Shoki" was 1st in the Fast class, Justin Venton in "Jetstream" led the 707s, John Lane in H-Boat "Humdinger" was leading the Sports/Day boats and Brian Pennycook in Maxi 84 "Misty Blue" had led the Cruiser fleet home. Racing was followed by a barbeque and drinks on the RFYC terrace - great to see visitors after the long wait.

Sunday's racing was in a very unusual SE wind which was gusting between 12 and 28 knots and swinging constantly by 30 degrees. The fleet was further reduced due to more Covid and the forecast. Nevertheless the ROs managed to set the cruisers off on an exciting 12-mile tour and the other fleets managed another 2 races before the ROs and a number of boats decided to call it a day. Ian Hard's Div1 "Hardslog" dominated the Fast class on day 2, Ronnie Millar in "Cacciatore" had a better day in the 707 (albeit with some "interesting" spinnaker work) and Tim McBride's team in Hawk 20 "Bonnie" gave a great lone performance to win the Slow fleet. The Sports/Day boat turnout had reduced to zero.

Ian Rogers and crew in their Achilles 24 "Amare" were presented with the Britannia Trophy for the performance that most impressed the Race Officers due to their resilience in the wind and waves plus 2nd place overall in the Cruiser fleet. They were allowed to hold this historic trophy for photographs before it was returned to it's home on the RFYC wall!

Overall Results:

PosBoatClassSail NoOwnerClubRatingR1R2R3R4Pts
707 Division
1stCacciatore7077115Stewart RobertsonRFYC927‑31214
2ndJet Stream7077102Justin Venton & Bill HmiltonPEYC92712‑325
3rdRacing Demon7077084Adam WallacePEYC927231(DNS)6
4thEastlander7077041Pawel ByszyimskiPEYC927(RET)44311
5thIsbean7077068Richard GibsonPEYC92745(DNC)DNC15
Cruiser Class Division
1stMisty BlueMaxi 84822CBrian Pennycook & Eddie NorthFCYC103011  2
2ndAmareAchilles 24561Ian RogersRFYC115022  4
3rdTimaniaElizabethan 302855Richard MasperoRFYC106044  8
4thApparitionSloop930CGeorge MackayFCYC1025DNF3  13
5thIndulgenceBeneteau First 308641Peter DouglasFCYC10693RET  13
6thKentraSadler 29169Paul CoppBurntisland SC10725DNC  15
7thKashangi IIWesterley GriffinGN188John AndersonFCYC1228DNFDNC  20
7thPole StarHunter Horizon 2365Rob GarnerFCYC1242DNFRET  20
7thSeahorseWesterley CentaurCR1017Dougal BurnettFCYC1207RETDNS  20
Fast Yachts Division
1stHardslogDIV17349Ian HardsPEYC8591‑2113
2ndShokiBeneteau First 30E03CJames McDougallPEYC923‑21225
3rdSaraSigma 33 Cruiser06LThomas LouthFCYC9593(DNS)RETDNS13
4thSmij of AntrimHustler SJ30K‑6666Nicolas JankeFCYC959(DNC)RETDNSDNS15
Slow Yachts Division
1stBonnieHawk 20/Class 3260Tim McBrideRFYC1115‑11113
2ndCloud 9 C9Jude BeimersBSC105022(DNC)DNC7
Sports/Day Boats Division
1stHumdingerH‑BOATDEN518John LAneRFYC99621(DNC)DNC8
2ndWizz TooDRAGONGBR343Henry BoydRFYC9851(DNF)DNCDNC11
3rdKismetDRAGONGBR508Cathy Ogden Sheena KerrRFYC984(DNC)DNCDNCDNC15
3rdHizzYaWizzH‑BOATGBR 43Ken AllanRFYC1002(DNC)DNCDNCDNC15

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