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Regatta Report 2017

Date Sat 25th and Sunday 26th June

 

This was a travellers event for :

Laser, Laser Radial, Enterprise, 2000, National 505 and RS 400 classes

 

Saturday morning brought a flurry of activity round the club with members readying themselves for the weekend ahead. Whether that was rescue boat crews, committee boat officers or members making breakfast rolls, teas and coffees in the busy galley, we were all set for a great weekends racing. The forecast had been predicting high winds all week but we were still hopeful of a slight shift to a more North Westerly direction which would have provided some shelter in the bay?

Unfortunately this was not to be and although PRO Kevan Gibb gave it as much time as possible, eventually he took the decision to cancel racing for the day at 11.30. The wind reading on the Island of Inchcolm down river to the west of the club had been reading gusting 42knots!! This was clearly the right decision.

 

This is always a difficult decision to make but there were no complaints from the assembled sailors when the decision was announced at the briefing. Racing would commence one hour earlier on the Sunday at 10.00 am with the plan to have four back to back races during the day. Many of the sailors who had come from far afield took the opportunity to have a day trip round the East Neuk of Fife and would join us back at the club for a BBQ in the evening.

 

Sunday morning broke and the conditions looked much more favourable with the forecast looking to have dropped by 8/10 knots.

The wind was still from a westerly direction reading 15 knots gusting 20+. Although breezy this was considerably down on the day before and as such all the classes were keen to go racing.

Racing got underway after a short postponement, with the 505 class leading the way disappearing up the first windward leg like scalded cats!!! It was clear that the breeze out on the race course was once again building just as it had done the day before.. Turning the corner at the windward mark proved challenging for many with a number of capsizes on the first downwind leg. There would not be many competitors who didn’t take a swim at some stage during the day.

There was to be a steady stream of retrials as the morning wore on and by the time the race officer was due to organise the 4th race of the day it was clear that the fleet had had enough and voted with their feet that 3 races had been more than enough in the ever increasing wind and sea conditions. The rescue boats and crews wqere well tested over the three races escorting a number of boats  back to the a=safety of the shore. One RS 400 with a broken mast and serious shark bite on the gunnell

Unfortunately the rescue crew and committee boat were somewhat delayed back to shore after the unfortunate incident where Phil Britton’s RS 400 had lost one of its hatch covers and  then capsized which filled the hull completely with water.

The crews worked tirelessly for around one and a half hours to recover the boat back to shore in one piece. It did seem touch and go at one point that we might lose it as it did a bit of a Titanic impersonation as it started sinking stern first. Glad to say that it all ended back safely on its trailer on the beach.

An eventful weekend was had by all and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to LBSC in the future with maybe just a little less wind.

 

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Final recovery of The Black Pearl onto the beach