Last update 1 December 2013
Holm Regatta was originally planned for Saturday 17th August but a summer gale forced a postponement. The waiting paid off though, and warm summery weather with a fine breeze provided perfect conditions for the biggest event in the Holm Sailing Club racing calendar. Three back to back races were held, the first two being class races, the third was the Allcomers. Course 5 was sailed for the moderate South Easterly wind.
Snipe: The Holm Sailing Club Snipe trophy has a reputation for being difficult to win, this year Neil Foubister's Fiddlesticks made it look easy winning both races.
Mixed Centreboards: The Mixed Centreboard class was somewhat depleted this year. These boats started alongside the Snipe class. Ian Rushbrook's Laser Solitaire won the two races.
The third race was the Allcomers where Peter Tipler's Go Faster Blue was fastest. Solitaire was over the line at the start, and Aquamania retired. Full results are given below.
Yoles: Two dipping lug sailed yoles took part in the event. These boats had two races with their own start.
The prizegiving and a barbeque were held after racing. Many thanks are due to all those who helped make the event a success, in particular to Neil Foubister without whom the event would not have happened. Thanks are also due to Margaret Hinckley, Isobel Tipler and Willie Watters for the race management, safety boat drivers (Donnie Hall, Brendan Fletcher, Derek Johnson), the tent team, (including Ilona and Glen Foubister, Ewan Stevenson, Freya Stevenson) and all those who organised the catering (Susan Foubister, Sylvia, Caroline, Bu, Cath). Malcolm Gordon, Mark Causer, Mairi Fleet, Charlie Siderfin deserve a mention for organising lots of things to make the event go smoothly. The visiting dinghies, and yoles should also be mentioned for making the event a great spectacle. There is a good chance some folk have been missed, sincere apologies if your name should be mentioned above.
Tennant Cup: The Tennant Cup had four boats taking part. There was a moderate North Westerly breeze which sent the boats round the bay in good time. The course was a 'sausage/triangle' arrangement (4S, 2S, 4S, 3S, LBS and finish). Nimrod was first across the line but Smyril nailed her on handicap. Fredrik's mast fell in a squall shortly after the race, he was towed home and crewed with Malcolm Tipler in Go Quickly Red for the afternoon's Kemp Cup race.
Kemp Cup: After a break for soup and mince rolls in the Girnel the afternoon was devoted to longer races. The Kemp Cup was run with a short lap round marks 4, 3 and 2 followed by the traditional long triangle course out to Scargun Shoal Buoy and then Thieves Holm. Rather than sail round Thieves Holm a mark was laid to the South of the Island. The conditions were fresher in the North side of the bay giving fast reaching conditions after rounding the Scargun Shoal mark. Nimrod won with a significant lead over Smyril.
Juniors: Five juniors took part in the event, four Picos and a Topper. These boats had two races with their own start.
Cats: Three cats took part in the event, providing a bit of extra colour to the proceedings. These boats had two races with their own start.
Yachts: Five yachts took to the sea for the event.
Snipe UK National Championships
The Snipe National Championships was hosted by Stromness Sailing Club from the 2nd to 4th August. The event was a great success with magnificent sailing conditions. Hosting a National Championships is a big deal and required a lot of organisation from various folk of Orkney as well as from the Snipe class association. For the event ten boats travelled all the way from England to enjoy Orkney's spectacular sailing conditions, and the conditions were ideal with plenty of breeze. Seven races were held over the three days, with two discards. The overall winner was Maxim Romain with a perfect 5 points. The winner of the 'hens' (older boats) was Richard Lambert with 6 points. The best sailors of Orkney also took part, with Pete Tipler being fastest local boat. See results below:
This is the first time a national championships has been hosted in Orkney. Way back in 1958 a Scottish Snipe Championships was held in Scapa Flow, with 15 boats taking part a few of which made the journey North from the Pentland Firth club, and one from as far away as Dunoon. In terms of quality of competion and standard of racing this year's event far surpasses anything that has gone before.
Stromness Regatta was held on Saturday 20th July 2013. The event was a great warm up for the forthcoming Snipe National Championships to be held on the 2-4 August this year.
Snipe: 11 snipes took part on a bright and breezy Staurday. Malcolm Tipler and Paula Hemsley won the race sailing Go Quickly Red. Three boats didn't make it to the finish line due to capsizes and gear failure.
Mixed Centreboards: A very mixed fleet of one Laser, one Laser 4000 and a cat in the mixed centreboards this year:
Yoles: Race 1
||Richard Wilson, Andrew Wilson
||Angus Budge, Willie Tulloch, Bill Sutherland, Colin Bates
||Ian Richardson, Leighton venables, Mike McLaughlin
||Pat Tullock, Willie Black, A Sinclair
||Maurice Davidson, Jan Andersen, Rod Daniel
Yoles: Race 2
Allcomers: The allcomers race was held in the harbour this year, two boats were disqualified due to some confusion over the course. Ian Rushbrook's Solitaire had to retire with a broken boom.
Longhope Regatta was held on Saturday 6th July 2013. The event had a great turn out of various boats, including Lee Thomson's Musto Skiff, four Snipes as well as a class of five Lasers. Only one catamaran took part, Victor Byres and Richard Flett sailing Plum Crazy.
Mixed Centreboards: The Lasers dominated the mixed centreboards at Longhope this year. Lee Thomson's Musto Skiff struggled with the weather conditions and did not finish the race:
Snipe: Four Snipes took part in the Longhope races, competitive as always:
Allcomers: The Snipes did best in the lighter conditions of the afternoon race:
Kirkwall Regatta was held on Saturday 13th July 2013 with a somewhat depleted fleet compared with previous years.
Mixed Centreboards Two races were held.