Scarborough Yacht Club Race Report - weekend 11 & 12 August 2012.
Fifi shows the way.
The Peter Fisher Memorial Trophy is in memory of a stalwart of the yacht club and local sportsman, Peter Fisher.
After his death his well known cap was left hanging in its usual place in the race station which he ably ran for many years. The club decided it should be put in a display case, cap, coat hook and all, with a specially engraved inscription. This weekend the case will be placed in the race station to remember our special long serving – or possibly long suffering - race officer.
The races on both days were very similar in both wind direction and strength. It blew at about 8 to 15 knots from the south west. The course on both occasions took in all of the buoys from the start to the mark near the Spa, out to Cayton, then the Wheatcroft, the Easterly, back to the red at the Castle Foot and back through the line.
Two laps in lovely sailing conditions with all the fun of spinnaker hoists, gybes, the lot.
The starts were both for all classes so it got pretty busy, but there were some good examples of great timing – crossing the start line very close to the start signal is an art in itself.
1st Fifi – Folkboat – Barker
2nd Zeris – Sonata – Sizer
3rd Joker in the Pack – Cork 1729 – Gray, Taylor, Barman
Scarborough Yacht Club – Race report – Brian Lodge Trophy – 18 August 2012
A late high tide meant a mid afternoon start. With superb weather and about a 10 knot, light south westerly breeze, the race station opted for a running start. This is always good fun to see how many spinnakers are hoisted in the short run to the turning mark, just off the Castle Foot. Several opted but it was necessary to have maximum boat manoeuvrability as the short leg needed several gybes as there was little wind in the area at the time.
One boat was disqualified for being over the line at the start – a trickier task then normal with an upwind start. The rest of the fleet continued well bunched up at the first mark and till pretty close at the Wheatcroft. A small collision between Nemo and Joker caused the need for a penalty turn. In fact Joker even hit the Wheatcroft on the second lap due to a sudden drop in the wind and a strong tide pushing the boat onto the large steel buoy. Another penalty turn was needed.
Some great close racing and on such a delightful day. We have been in full waterproofs for what seems like all the season so these last 2 weeks have been great.
1st – Zeris – Sonata – Sizer
2nd – Ruffian – Sigma 36 -MacIntyre
3rd – Aprilis – Hustler 30 – Marton, Baker