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Lasers and Streakers descend on Castle Loch
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Visiting sailors from as far afield as Yorkshire and East Lothian visited Annandale Sailing Club last weekend for a day of racing in hot sunshine and light breezes.
The competition was a combination of the Scottish Championships for the Streaker class and part of the Lakeland and Border Grand Prix series for the Laser class.
It was the first Open competition hosted by the Lochmaben club since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic and organisers were delighted to welcome visitors back and see 15 boats competing on Castle Loch.
Race officer Stewart Mitchell and his team fulfilled the challenge of fitting in three races during the day, despite the changeable breeze which also tested sailors’ skills and patience.
The first race started in a light SE easterly which flicked to easterly and north easterly but a simple trapezoid course provided tactical racing throughout.
The first races were won by Tim Keighley of West Riding SC in the Lasers and Phil Manning of Delph SC in the Streakers, which proved to be the pattern for the other two races.
Race two was postponed as the breeze went northerly and died completely for 15 minutes before a sea breeze kicked in from exactly the same direction with an equally shifty nature.
The same course this time saw very close racing among the Streakers with places changing throughout the fleet requiring a pin end boat to assist with the extremely close finishes.
True to form at the end of race two the wind died completely resulting in another short postponement before a fresher southerly breeze built, requiring a rapid shift of committee boat and course to set a classic Annandale round the cans course to entertain the visitors.
Stewart said: “A full set of races and an overdose of sunshine resulted in.lots of happy sailors.”
The Club had the great honour of a visit from RYA Scotland chairman Brian Wilson during the afternoon and he kindly agreed to present the prizes.
Commodore Elaine Ross thanked all the sailors and race management team for making the event a success.
LASER: 1 Tim Keighley, West Riding SC; 2 Greg Liggins, Derwent Reservoir SC; 3 Jonathon Nicoll, Ullswater YC; 4 Carol Beattie, Annandale SC; 5 Richard Benson, Tynemouth SC; 6 Jordan Bell, Annandale SC.
STEAKER: 1 Phil Manning, Delph SC; 2 James Sinclair, East Lothian YC; 3 Guy Wheeler, Annandale SC; 4 Ian Priest, Ripon SC; 5 Katie Masters, St Mary’s Loch SC; 6 Barney Proud, Craven SC; 7 Elaine Ross, Annandale SC; 8 Trudie Mitchell, Annandale SC; 9 Angus Beyts, Newburgh SC
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Weekend of special events
30th November, -0001
A successful weekend of special events was held at Annandale Sailing Club on August 21 and 22, despite challenges from the weather.
Saturday saw the Club welcome some of its female members and guests for the annual Ladies On The Loch event, a fun, informal day of sailing to encourage more women to take to the water.
Unfortunately, although mild, the day saw persistent showers and almost no wind throughout, but participants enjoyed paddle boarding instead, sharing members’ own boards, with a little sailing when conditions allowed.
Always designed to be a social celebration too, the event involved lots of good food and chat, including drinks on the new clubhouse veranda.
Sunday was drier, with a little more breeze, for the Club’s annual Novice and Cadet Regatta.
Sailors with less than three years’ experience, plus under 18s of all levels, took part in three races – the last one a fun, ‘no rules’ contest involving a lot of paddling!
The day ended with a swim, some paddle boarding and ice cream before prizes were awarded.
The overall winners were: 1 Jack Vivers, 2 = Alison McKendrick and Rhiannon Fox, 4 Katie Brown.
Club Commodore Elaine Ross said: “It was a really lovely day. A big thank you to everyone who joined in with the Regatta and Ladies on the Loch the previous day. It was great to be able to socialise again and, while we are still being cautious with Covid measures, we can finally enjoy our excellent facilities again.”
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