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Queen Elizabeth Regatta at Royal Forth Yacht Club

by Sarah Robertson 22 Sep 13:44 BST 17 September 2022
Queen Elizabeth Regatta at Royal Forth YC © Hannah Robertson

Out of respect for our late Queen, a difficult decision was made to modify the RFYC's annual One Design Regatta for 707s, Dragons, H-Boats and Squibs to four races on Saturday 17th September (rather than the usual two days) and informally rename it the 'Queen Elizabeth Regatta'.

This event incorporates the Scottish Dragon Championship, the Scottish and Northern Squib Championships and the H-Boat Nationals.

This change resulted in a small number of cancellations, however 19 boats still entered, including two Dragons travelling from Yorkshire and Findhorn, and two 707s who sailed down the Forth from Port Edgar.

The wind and weather were kind with 12-20 knots blowing straight from the Forth Bridges giving PRO John Robertson and his mark-laying team a relatively easy time. Four races were smoothly started and finished with a quick turnaround to get everyone ashore for the prize-giving and post-racing curry. Prizes were generously provided by sponsors Pickering's Gin with fleet winners receiving a bottle of their special 'Queen Elizabeth' Gin and all competitors given a can of Pickering's Gin & Tonic.

The Dragon Fleet saw competitive racing with Richard Leask and Peter Cooke from RFYC on close points with Crispin Blyth from the Royal Yorkshire YC. We congratulate Richard who took first place overall as winner of the last race.

The Squibs, all from RFYC, were dominated by Will Davies who was able to forgo the last race to prepare curry for everyone on-shore (thank you Will). Second and third places were taken by Derek Gibb and Mark Taylor after a tie-break.

John Blair got a clean sweep in the small 707 fleet and Dermot Gorman prevailed in the H-Boats, albeit with some close racing at times in both fleets (and some broaching entertainment provided by 707 Cacciatore).

Overall, it was a great day of racing with the Royal Forth hospitality before and after racing being well received by all. We are proud to have played our part this year in first celebrating the Jubilee of our Queen Elizabeth II and in commemorating her life this last weekend.

More photos (courtesy of Hannah Robertson, Mark Harding and Sarah Robertson): www.royalforth.org/one-design-regatta-2022/image-gallery

707 Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stMojito7042John BlairPort Edgar YC‑11113
2ndCacciatore7115Ben RobertsonRFYC‑22226
3rdEastlander7041Pawel ByczynskiPEYC‑33339

Dragon Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stKestra731Richard LeaskRFYC3‑4115
2ndMeteor402Peter CookeRFYC11‑335
3rdRAin430Crispin BlythRoyal Yorkshire YC‑22226
4thKismet508Cathy OgdenRFYC‑434411
5thRainbow686David StevensonRORC‑555515
6thWizz Too343Helen HorsfallRFYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC21

H-Boat Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stHariboat595Dermot GormanRFYC1‑2113
2ndHumdinger518Anthony TaitRFYC‑21225
3rdHolly1311Nevin JamiesonRFYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC12

Squib Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stWillpower832Will DaviesRFYC111(DNS)3
2ndFlare67Derek GibbRFYC2‑3316
3rdPandemonium850Mark TaylorRFYC‑32226
4thHera158Michael TaskerRFYC‑554312
5thDry Run842Charles MortonRFYC44‑5513
6thCascade634Mark KisbyRFYC‑666416
7thZoom750Vito MinellaRFYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNC24

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