Loch Ryan Sailing Club held its summer regatta and 2000 Class Caledonian Ring event at the weekend.
The weather could not have presented a better setting for the two-day event, with brilliant sunshine both days, an F4 to F5 wind on the Saturday and, despite a forecast of very light winds on the Sunday, a steady F3 for the final races.
Race officer Tony Woodliff decided to run an extra race on Saturday as a precaution which made four for the first day and two for the Sunday.
Four Loch Ryan boats were joined by two from the Isle of Whithorn.
The race officer had a choice of two courses for the handicap fleet and elected to use a triangular course for the first two races on Saturday and windward leeward for races three and four.
Race one was won by the Dart 18 helmed by Harry Drysdale and crewed by Owen Griffiths, both of whom revelled in the conditions as the cat screamed around the course. Second was Jude Baird and Fred Fuller in the RS 200, doing their first serious competition since last year. Third was Jack McClymont from the Isle of Whithorn in his Laser Radial.
Race two was a shuffle of places with Jude first, Jack second and Harry third, most of the other excitement being generated by Colin Dewar and Lawrie McMillan managing to fall over in the Laser Bahia.
Race three put Drysdale back into first place, McClymont into second and Nick Wright in a Standard Laser making third. Baird and Fuller managed to fall over with the crew losing contact with the boat.
By Race four the wind had risen to F5 and most boats were regretting agreeing to the extra race. The positions reverted to Drysdale first, Baird second and McClymont third.
Sunday came with more wind than forecast and refreshed crews looking forward to a keen day’s sailing.
Baird/Fuller enjoyed the slightly lighter conditions and took first place in the first race with McClymont second and the Dart 18 back in third.
These positions stayed the same for Race six, with all boats enjoying some of the classic sailing that Loch Ryan is known for.
Handicap Fleet – overall results: 1. Baird/Fuller, 2. Drysdale/Griffiths, 3. McClymont.
In the 2000 Class fleet there was one local boat helmed by Andy Fiskin and crewed by son Cameron. Being an asymmetric class of boat, they used a windward leeward course for all six races.
Competition was very hot at the top of the fleet with some particularly close racing during the last beat of Race five.
2000 Class – overall results: 1. Yardley/Yardley, 4. Fiskin/Fiskin.
The safety boat cover was provided by Jim Ryder and Gordon Meek.