Ladies Day 2013 was a blast – in every sense of the word.
A strong, blustery breeze posed a challenge for both participating groups – the ‘racy ladies’ in their Lasers and the ‘cruisy ladies’ in GPs and Mirrors.
In the racy group, along with seasoned Laser ladies, Sharon Mitchell tackled a Pico for the first time and Finlay Brown was out for her debut in a Laser Radial. Both embraced their challenge in style, riding out the squalls and staying on the water throughout both morning and afternoon sessions.
The cruisy ladies were equally gutsy, with a couple of first timers ‘enjoying’ an exhilarating introduction to dinghy sailing and other novices being shown how, even in the strongest gusts, with a bit of sail flapping, staying dry is possible.
Coach for the racing group was Elaine Ross while myself, Eleanor Gregory and Joanna Barrie took care of the double-hander joy rides.
Even a wee trip into the reeds during the most dramatic squall of the day, which saw the wind topping F5 and into 6, couldn’t wipe the smile off Joanna and her beginner crew Lynda’s faces.
A match racing exercise between the squalls in the afternoon saw the novices get competitive with much whooping and cheering on the jetty, while the serious racing was happening further up the loch.
With the prize of the Ladies Day Quaich at stake, the competition was fierce and each of the top three ladies, Finlay Brown, Steph Bamforth and Louise Allan, all notched up a win in one of the three races. But it was Louise who just came out on top with a well deserved overall first place.
Never before have the male rescue crews been so tested on Ladies Day so we are enormously grateful to them for all their support.
As for the galley slaves,
Ed Woodman and son Ross kept us all wonderfully fed and watered throughout the day, rounding it off with an amazing three course dinner. Massive thanks to them. Some great photos and video footage was taken by Jamie Baulcombe.