As already publicised – we want to make a real effort to join in this celebration of the life of the Olympic Medallist Andrew Simpson. The racing takes place on Sunday 21st September. The club has registered its participation. You now have to enter via the web site [and make a contribution]. And at the end of it all there will be a winner from the thousands entered. It could be you!
Last year’s cruise and race back was such a success that it is to be repeated. Look out your tide tables now. Date Sunday 7th. Put it in your diary.
Also, Barts Bash on the 21st. More detail in another post.
Paul and Finlay with Jacqui as team support are off to the Nationals at Poole in Dorset. I envy them as, from my memories of 40 years ago, Parkstone Yacht Club is a truly wonderful institution.
9th and 10th is one for the travelling dinghies
Lochcarron / Albacore Traveller
16th and 17th is another
RNLI Pennant / Pursuit
Will be good for a laugh and takes place on Sunday 24th. Watch out for details.
Taking place in the Solent [darn sarf] this international team racing event in keel-boats has concluded. Team Scotland, with Donald Mackenzie on board Aurora came 6th out of 9 teams. They were beaten by France by 0.5 of a point out of 457. Ouch! And, possibly even more painful, by 9 points by Team GBR Red – on which were crewing Donald’s sons Duncan and Euan. Well done all. More news of this later.
Our bold boys [Stuart, Chris, Phil and Tom] are back from their trip on the west coast. They have achieved their aim of going intercontinental – they hit Ireland and have returned with tales of fine harbours and the legendary black stuff. More news of that later too.
Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy
Neil Cormack and Dave Allan crewed by Terry and Vlad went all the way down to Ullswater to compete against 200 others in this classic event amongst stunning Lakeland scenery. They report variable conditions and results of 95th [Neil] and 119th Dave.
Cromarty Boat Club’s annual keel-boat regatta attracted a fair turnout. IBC’s John Prentice on Circe took the Copeland Cup with Rhythm n’ Blue second.
Last Sunday I was down at the Club and spied strangers. I found myself talking to Colin Murray and son Ollie. I had only known Colin previously through the pages of “A Century of Sail”. He is a legend in British yachting having won sideboards full of trophies. He is that rarest of breads – the Professional Yachtsman. I was fascinated to hear that he is part of Sir Peter Harrison’s team doing transatlantic races and helming classic 6 meter yachts. It puts what we do into perspective. Good luck with your future ventures Colin and Ollie