Scarborough Yacht Club Regatta sponsored by McClarron insurance produced three days of superbly varied sailing. From very light airs on the Saturday to strong offshore winds on the Monday.
There were 8 visiting boats from Whitby Yacht Club and Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club to raise the level and the quality of the competition.
The boats are broken down into 3 classes aimed to group them together to make the racing closer. These comprise the sportsboats and Hunter 707’s, Class A (the larger boats) and Class B, (slightly smaller boats).
So with all this organised and the race station ready we were off – or rather not - the first race was a very slow start. The wind on Saturday was around 0 to 3 knots. It was a pity as this was the day our sponsors came out in a power boat to watch the thrills and spills, of which there were none – slightly different from the following 2 days.
After a race taking around 2 hours which would sometimes take us 45 minutes, the race officer postponed the second race and the boats returned to port.
After a great evening with a hog roast everyone was ready to do battle on the Sunday – a lovely north westerly breeze of 12 to 18 knots allowing the race to use the northern buoy off the North Bay at Scalby . The first start at 09.30 saw three classes once more ready for three races.
The first race saw the fleets head to Scalby Ness and back to the Spa of two laps. Some damage, Joker blew a spinnaker out on the down wind run, but otherwise all was well.
The second race was a reach out to the Cayton Mark and then back to the Easterly. Frustratingly the buoy had disappeared and the race had to be abandoned.
The final race of the day was started as soon as all the competitors had gathered and a similar course set out to Cayton and back to the Castle Foot. This again saw some great sailing on a lovely sunny day – Scarborough at it’s finest.
The third and final day of racing saw a later start at 11.00 with a pursuit race, where each boat starts in relation to its handicap, the slower ones starting first and fastest last. Hypothetically we should all finish together.
There was a good strong breeze of up to 30 knots blowing in the gusts which makes for some exciting sailing.
The course out to Cayton was close on the wind followed by a run to Wheatcroft and a fantastic reach to the Castle Foot. Some boats could have raced the power boats successfully. It was great sailing.
The final race for the regatta followed and a similar course was set to Cayton, but missing Wheatcroft, and with the strong southerly wind, this allowed some very fast downwind reaching – not for beginners this stuff.
The traditional Commodores sail past had to be cancelled as the wind was so strong and all back to the club for the prizegiving.
The results are below - there is also a special prize of a watch, kindly donated by Brian Sizer of Sizers Jewellers in Huntriss Row. This was won by the crew of Endeavour from Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club – we leave it to them to decide who actually gets to wear it
Sportsboats and 707’s:
1st Humdinger - SYC - Hunter 707 - Glynn Simpson
2nd Nemo - SYC - J80 - David and Mike Turner
3rd Second Fiddle - SYC - Hunter 707 - Anthony Dearden
4th Black Sheep - SYC - Hunter 707 - Steve Parker & Tom Clark
1st Starchick - RYYC - Starlight 30 - R Wallace & M Kaye
2nd Endeavour - RYYC - First 31.7 - Jon Peacock
3rd Vado - SYC - Hanse 29.1 - Steve Russell
4th No Compromise - WYC SJ 320 - Derek Frank
1st Fifi - SYC - Folkboat - Jon Barker
2nd Contessa Juliette - RYYC - Contessa 26 - Jeff Preece
3rd Zeris - SYC - Sonata - Brian Sizer
4th Whistler - SYC - Hustler 30 - Jonathan Livesey