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Regatta 2017

Last update 15 February 2018

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Port to Port Skipper’s Race Kemp Cup Snipe Championships

 

racing starts at the uk snipe nationals 2017

UK Snipe National Chamionships

21 Snipes entered the 2017 UK Snipe Championships hosted by Orkney Sailing Club for three days of racing from 12 August to 14 August. The racing area was North West of Kirkwall Bay, not far from Scargun Shoal and a half hour trip from Hatston Slip where the boats were all based. The entry list included local boats as well as visitors from England and some competitors from overseas. The weather conditions varied over the weekend between a moderate 12 to 16 kts up to a fresh 22 to 25 kts on the Monday. The conditions on Monday were enough to cause a few capsizes at the gybe mark and many racers decided not to partake in this feast of fresh wind. Some of the older boats suffered a bit of gear fair but nothing too serious.

Of the Orkney boats the top performer was Skeldro sailed by Mark Taylor and Lewis Burgon from Stromness Sailing Club who finished 12 overall. The Stromness club was well represented with Boreas (Ian Johnstone and John Young), Go Faster Blue (Edward Johnstone and Ross Harvey) and  Go Quickly Red (Malcolm Tipler and Beta Rodrigues). The Holm club had Moonstone (Andrew Leslie and Rachel Roberts), Siesta (Joshua Brown and Harry Siderfin) and Aeolus (Charlie Siderfin and Tamsin McArthur). Mark Holbrook from North Ronaldsay was sailing Aegir with Paula Hemsley. Fredrik Sundman, who’s normally seen sailing in his Laser in Kirkwall Bay was crewing with Neil Martin in a new boat from South, they finished 11 place overall.

The overall winners were Alan Williams and Liz Pike from Broadstairs in England on seven points, who just managed to get ahead of Peter Wolstenholme and Jenna Gibson on 8 points. Iain Marshall and Matthew Wolstenholme took third place with 14 points.

alan williams and li crouch overall winners of the 2017 snipe national championships

The local boats managed more modest success.

Mark Taylor and Lewis Burgon put in a consistent performance finishing mid fleet in most of the races and finishing in 12 place on 82 points, enough to win them the fastest local boat trophy.

mark taylor and lewis burgon win fastest local boat at the 2017 snipe championships

Ian Johnstone and John Young managed well sailing Boreas, a fairly old boat with sails which has clearly seen better days. That managed to finish all but one race, retiring from race 6 in boisterous conditions.

edward johnstone, fastest junior skipper at the 2017 snipe national championships

Edward Johnstone and Ross Harvey did well sailing Go Faster Blue, and managing to steadily improve their performance over the weekend to finish 14 place on 60 points overall. This gave Edward the well deserved junior trophy for the event.

Sailing Aegir was Mark Holbrook and Paula Hemsley who put in a fairly consistent performance in the first two days despite some rudder problems. They didn’t take part on the windy Monday giving them an overall place of 16 and a total of 74 points.

Malcolm Tipler and Beta Rodrigues sailed Go Quickly Red to 17 place. Go Quickly Red retired from race 4 due to a capsize and didn’t compete on windy Monday giving them 82 points overall.

Moonstone was sailed by Andrew Leslie and Rachel Roberts, who managed to to keep upright on the first two days but then things got messy on day three where they retired from both races. In the first race they had some trouble with spreader caps coming loose so retired. In the second race a poorly executed gybe tipped them over and they retired after some shouting and gnashing of teeth.

Siesta was sailed by Joshua Brown and Harry Siderfin, the youngest team taking part in the event. Their unbridled enthusiasm pulled them to 19 place in a tough fleet.

Aeolus sailed by Charlie Siderfin and Tamsin McArthur was plagued by mast and halyard problems throughout the event and only managed to complete one race.

On the whole the event was a great success with well organised racing, superb weather, good competition and a great social atmosphere. The event would not have been possible without the help of a large number of volunteers including time keepers, race officers, safety boat crew, social organisers, sponsors amongst many others. It is a wecome sight to see so many snipes competing in Orkney, many of whom have travelled a long way to get to the event. Many thanks to all those involved. Sponsors for the event include Highland Park who provided prizes, Northlink Ferries who provided discounted ferry travel for competitors and Orkney Caravan Park who provided discounted camping.

 

 

Holm Regatta 2017

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Snipe: Holm Regatta was held on 9 July this year. Two morning races were held to compete for the Snipe Trophy and the Mixed Centreboards. The event was dominated by the Snipe class with Mark Holbrook’s lonely Laser also taking part. After close results Mark Taylor sailing Skeldro came away with the trophy.

Snipe

Boat Skipper Crew Race Overall Place
1 2
Skeldro Mark Taylor Lewis Burgon 2 1 3 1
Go Quickly Red Malcolm Tipler Marcin 1 2 3 2
Go Faster Blue Edward Johnston Archie 3 4 7 3
Aeolus Charlie Siderfin Susie 4 3 7 4
Fiddlesticks Lynn Bartlett Graeme Bartlett 5 5 10 5
Kontiki Alan Aim Thorfinn 8 6 14 6
Smurf Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson 6 8 14 7
Jaws Emma Adrian 8 7 15 8
Wild Goose Michael Foubister Michelle Scott 7 9 16 9
Topaz Joshua Brown Harry Siderfin 10 10 20 10

Mixed Centreboards:

Boat Class Skipper Crew Race Overall Place
1 2
Skeldro Snipe Mark Taylor Lewis Burgon 2 1 3 1
Go Quickly Red Snipe Malcolm Tipler Marcin 1 2 3 2
Go Faster Blue Snipe Edward Johnston Archie 4 4 8 3
Aeolus Snipe Charlie Siderfin Susie 5 3 8 4
Enron Laser Mark Holbrook   3 6 9 5
Fiddlesticks Snipe Lynn Bartlett Graeme Bartlett 6 5 11 6
Kontiki Snipe Alan Aim Thorfinn 9 7 16 7
Smurf Snipe Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson 7 9 16 8
Jaws Snipe Emma Adrian 9 8 17 9
Wild Goose Snipe Michael Foubister Michelle Scott 8 10 18 10
Topaz Snipe Joshua Brown Harry Siderfin 11 11 22 11

The third race was the Allcomers.

Place Boat Type Skipper Crew Time Corrected
1 Skeldro Snipe Mark Taylor Ewan Johnstone 49:32.63 45.25
2 Aeolus Snipe Charlie Siderfin Alan Donaldson 50:06.58 45.76
3 Go Quickly Red Snipe Malcolm Tipler Marcin 52.27.32 47.90
4 Enron Laser Mark Holbrook   53:13.55 48.52
5 Go Faster Blue Snipe Edward Johnstone Archie 53:09.13 48:54
6 Topaz Snipe Joshua Brown Harry Siderfin 54:36.99 49.88
7 Kontiki Snipe Alan Aim Thorfinn 54:55.44 50.16
8 Fiddlesticks Snipe Lynne Bartlett Graeme Bartlett 55:05.93 50.32
9 Smurf Snipe Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson 56:24.89 51.52
10 Wild Goose Snipe Michael Foubister Michelle Scott 56:57.99 52.02

Yoles and skiffs: Two yoles took part in the racing. These boats had two races with their own start.

Yoles and Skiffs:

Boat Helm Race 1 Race 2
Helga C. Butterfield 1 1
Lily A. Budge 2 2

Catamarans: Four Catamarans were a welcome sight at this years regatta.

Catamarans:

Boat Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
Katoosh Erlend Tait Kazia Watson 1 1 2
Awesome Ian Rushbrook J. Rushbrook 2 3 3
Plumb Crazy Richard Flett A. Flett 3 4 4
Willy Flipit Callum Rendall S. Johnstone DNS 2 1

Burray Regatta 2017

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Superb sailing conditions on Saturday 22nd July for Burray Regatta. A variety of dinghies and catamarans turned out for the racing, with David Clouston's Smyril winning the Allcomers.

Boat Helm Crew Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
Smryil D Clouston J Orr Wayfarer 48.20 51.25 46.11
Enron Mark Holbrook   Laser 48.22 51.55 47.80
Go Quickly Red Malcolm Tipler Marcin Snipe 47.50 51.62 48.57
Smurf Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson Snipe 50.41 52.96 49.75
  Joshua Brown   Laser 4.7 51.24 53.38 48.90
Wild Goose Michael Foubister Michelle Scott Snipe 55.41 53.79 57.00
Fiddlesticks Lynn Foubister Graeme Foubister Snipe 55.76 54.31 50.61
Rio Simon Kemp J. Thomson Snipe 55.85 54.48 50.61
Nemo Tony Miller Sheena Taylor Snipe 67.37 DNS RET

Catamarans:

Boat Helm Crew Class Race 1 Race 2 Race 3
Spindrift Lee Thomson R. Gillespie Hurricane 5.9 75.09 79.81 77.97
Willy Flipit Callum Rendall S. Johnstone Hobie 18 79.55 84.20 82.42
Awesome Ian Rushbrook J. Rushbrook Hobie 18 78.94 87.52 85.61
Plumb Crazy Richard Flett A. Flett Hobie 18 79.00 85.71 85.83

Stromness Regatta 2017

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Snipe

Place Boat Skipper Crew
1 Hassfang C Moore B. Jones
2 Skeldro Mark Taylor Lewis Burgon
3 Go Quickly Red Malcolm Tipler Marcin Smoczyk
4 Boreas Ian Johnstone J Young
5 Bonxie James Burgon M Bishop
6 Fiddlesticks Neil Foubister Emma Thomson
7 Scooby Donnie Hall E. Rodrigues
8 No Fear Glen Foubister J. Drever
9 Nemo Tony Miller Joshua Brown
10 Tyste A Mottershead A King

Mixed Centreboards:

Place Boat Class Skipper Crew
1 Enron Laser Mark Holbrook

The third race was the Allcomers.

Place Boat Type Skipper Crew Time Corrected
1 Enron Laser Mark Holbrook   71:43.3 65.38
2 Fiddlesticks Snipe Neil Foubister Emma Thomson 72:45.66 66.45
3 Go Quickly Red Snipe Malcolm Tipler Marcin Smocsyk 73:53.48 67.48
4 Bonxie Snipe James Burgon M Bishop 75:03.50 68.55
5 Hassfang Snipe Chris Moore Barry Jones 76:19.17 69.70
6 Skeldro Snipe Mark Taylor L. Burgon 76:22.22 69.74
7 Boreas Snipe Ian Johnstone J Young 76:53.89 70.23
8 Scooby Snipe Donnie Hall E. Rodrigues 79:58.66 73.04
9 Nemo Snipe Tony Miller Joshua Brown 83:21.70 76.13
10 Tyste Snipe A. Mottershead A. King 83:21.70 76.13
DNF No Fear Snipe Glen Foubister J Drever 83:21.70 76.13

Yoles and skiffs: Two yoles took part in the racing. These boats had two races with their own start.

Yoles and Skiffs:

Boat Helm Race 1 Race 2
Solwen Ian Richarson 1 1
Helga C. Butterfield 2 3
Lily A. Kirkpatrick 3 2
Waterwitch R. Daniels 4 DNF
Mohigan A. Budge 5 4
Gremsa M. Davidson 6 DNS

Catamarans: Four Catamarans took part in the racing.

Catamarans:

Boat Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2
Spindrift Lee Thomson G Waterston 1 3
Willy Flipit Callum Rendall S. Johnstone 2 2
Awesome Ian Rushbrook J. Rushbrook 3 1
Plumb Crazy Richard Flett A. Flett 4 4

Westray Regatta 2017

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The 2017 Westray Regatta proved to be a popular event with 46 sailing craft taking part. There was a large fleet of Snipes from Holm and Stromness as well as Lasers, skiffs, yoles, yachts and cats. A single race in the morning was followed by a break for lunch and then the Allcomers race in the afternoon. The regatta was sponsored by Scapa Distillery, and the prizewinners were awarded bottles of fine single malt whisky.

Snipe

The Snipe fleet consisted of 11 boats from Stromness and Holm. Go Quickly Red and No Fear were very close throughout the race.

Boat Skipper Crew Place
1 Go Quickly Red Malcolm Tipler Marcin Smoczyk
2 No Fear Neil Foubister  
3 Hassfang Chris Moore James Burgon

Laser

Place Boat Skipper
1 Warspite Andrew Leslie
2 Enron Mark Holbrook
3 Libertine 2 Fredrik Sundman

Mixed Centreboards:

Place Boat Class Skipper Crew
1 Warspite Laser Andrew Leslie
2 Enron Laser Mark Holbrook
3 Ella Merlin Rocket Harcus Hutchison Ian Hutchison

The Allcomers race was held in the afternoon. David Clouston’s Smyril led round the course only to find he was disqualified, OCS.

Place Boat Type Skipper Crew
1 Hassfang Snipe Chris Moore James Burgon
2 Warspite Laser Andrew Leslie  
3 Siesta Snipe Joshua Brown Harry Siderfin

Yoles:

Boat Helm Race 1 Race 2
Lily A. Kirkpatrick 1 1
Bonnie Lass   2 2
Olive   3 3

Skiffs:

Boat Helm Race 1 Race 2
Curlew Gavin Mowatt 1 3
Alice Gordon Rendall 2 1
Puffin   3 2

Catamarans: Four Catamarans took part in the racing.

Catamarans:

Boat Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2
Spindrift Lee Thomson   1 1
Willy Flipit Callum Rendall S. Johnstone 2 3
Awesome Ian Rushbrook J. Rushbrook 3 2

Kirkwall Regatta 2017

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The 2017 Kirkwall Regatta had a few thrills and spills due to a fresh and gusty North Westerly breeze. Three races were held, with a morning race starting from a committee boat followed by a lunch break and then two afternoon races starting from the Hatston Slip start line.

Snipe

The Snipe fleet consisted of 4 boats to begin with but reduced to one by the last race. Mark Holbrook moved from his Snipe to the Laser for the afternoon.

Boat Skipper Crew Place
1 Go Quickly Red Malcolm Tipler Marcin Smoczyk
2 Skeldro Mark Taylor  
3 Aegir Mark Holbrook Paula Hemsley
4 Siesta Joshua Brown Harry Siderfin

Laser

Place Boat Skipper
1 Warspite Andrew Leslie
2 Libertine 2 Fredrik Sundman

Mixed Centreboards:The mixed centreboards race was held after a break for lunch. In this race the Lasers revelled in the brisk conditions.

Place Boat Class Skipper Crew
1 Libertine 2 Laser Fredrik Sundman
2 Enron Laser Mark Holbrook
3 Smyril Wayfarer David Clouston

The Allcomers race was held with a shortened course, by this time the fleet has depleted to three Lasers, a Wayfarer and a Snipe. Smyril retired after taking on a lot of water. Joshua Brown and Harry Siderfin managed round the course to win the first Snipe in Allcomers trophy as well as the junior (under 18 cup) trophy.

Place Boat Type Skipper Crew
1 Enron Laser Mark Holbrook  
2 Warspite Laser Andrew Leslie  
3 Libertine Laser Fredrik Sundman  

Yoles:

Boat Helm
Lily A. Kirkpatrick

Skiffs:

Boat Helm Race 1
Tit Keith Kent 1
Anno Andy Makin 2
J&B Louis Pottinger 3

Catamarans: Four Catamarans took part in the racing.

Catamarans:

Boat Helm Crew Race 1 Race 2
Willy Flippit Callum Rendall Scott Johnstone 1 3
Katoosh Erlend Tait Kazia Watson DNF 1
Plum Crazy Richard Flett Archie Flett DNF 2

Port to Port

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A steady North Westerly breeze on Sunday 20 August gave ideal conditions for the annual Port to Port challenge run by Holm Sailing Club. Five boats prepared at St. Mary’s Pier for the passage race to St. Margaret’s Hope. Smurf (Mairi Fleet and Alan Donaldson) got a good start on the first leg but then lost out after rounding the Hunda headland. No Fear (Glen Foubister and Joe Drever) picked up favourable wind near the shores of South Ronaldsay and took the prize. The racing was fairly close, after an hour and five minutes of racing all boats finished within a minute. Moonstone finished in second place closely followed by Smurf. The race finish coincided with the Pentalina returning from Gills Bay. The Pentalina gave the racing boats a friendly toot while she steered around the fleet.

There was a short break at St. Margaret’s Hope to allow the boats to regroup and eat some sandwiches before the trip back began. The Snipes became much more spread out in the second leg, Siesta (Derek Johnstone and Neil Foubister) did an early capsize which put them well behind. Moonstone (Andrew Leslie and Joshua Brown) got off to a good start but were passed by Smurf on the reach between Hunda and St. Mary’s.

The aggregated times gave the 2017 overall trophy to Smurf. The settled breeze during the scenic trip to St. Margaret’s Hope made a fine day out for the competitors. Many thanks to Jack and Ruby Foubister for doing the timekeeping and to Graham and Linsey Drever for manning the safety boat.

Port to Port
Boat Pos South Pos North Pos Overall Skipper Crew
Smurf 3 1:05.57 1 1:08.59 1 2:14.56 Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson
Moonstone 2 1:05.43 2 1:09.43 2 2:15.26 Andrew Leslie Joshua Brown
No Fear 1 1:05.22 4 1:11.05 3 2:16.27 Glen Foubister Joe Drever
Fiddlesticks 5 1:06.15 3 1:10.47 4 2:17.02 Lynne Bartlett Graeme Bartlett
Siesta 4 1:06.00 5 1:16.50 5 2:22.50 Derek Johnstone Neil Foubister

Skippers Race

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The annual skippers race consists of a sequence of races where skippers and crew swap between different boats and the winner is the team that fares best after sailing a different boat in each race. This year the skippers race was held on Sunday 27 August with three teams taking part. Three races were held giving each team a race on each boat.

Many thanks to Ruby and Jack Foubister for doing the race management, and to Simon Kemp who manned the safety boat.

Race 1. In race 1 Moonstone got off to a good start and led round the course.

Boat Helm Crew Time Place
Moonstone Andrew Leslie Erlend Bailey 17:54 1
Smurf Mairi Fleet Alan Donalson 18:03 2
Siesta Joshua Brown Joe Drever 18:37 3

Race 2. Moonstone started well in race 2 but hit a mark and had to do a penalty turn allowing both Smurf and Siesta to get ahead.

Boat Helm Crew Time Place
Smurf Joshua Brown Joe Drever 18:57 1
Moonstone Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson 19:00 2
Siesta Andrew Leslie Erlend Bailey 19:26 3

Race 3. The third race was won by Andrew Leslie and Erlend Bailey sailing Smurf.

Boat Helm Crew Time Place
Smurf Andrew Leslie Erlend Bailey 18:55 1
Moonstone Joshua Brown Joe Drever 19:24 2
Siesta Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson 19:32 3

The ISAF low points system was used to determine the winner after three races.

Helm Crew Points Place
Andrew Leslie Erlend Bailey 5 1
Joshua Brown Joe Drever 6 2
Mairi Fleet Alan Donaldson 7 3

Kemp Cup 2017

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The Kemp Cup was held on a fresh and damp Saturday 9 September. Five dinghies, five cats and some yachts took part in the races. Smyril (Wayfarer) with David Clouston at the helm won the Tennents Cup, Libertine 2 (Laser) won the Kemp Cup.

Tennent’s Cup (with corrected times): A mixed fleet of five dinghies took part in the racing, and David Clouston’s Wayfarer Smyril won the event.

Place Boat Type Skipper time
1 Smyril Wayfarer David Clouston 52:27.01
2 Libertine 2 Laser Fredrik Sundman 54:59.00
3 No Fear Snipe Glen Foubister 58:18.63

Centenary Cup (corrected times):

Place Boat Skipper Time
1 Panache Jimmy Clouston 102:33.27
2 Eureka Magnus Bain 103:06.29
3 Harmony Harcus Hutchson 104:29.69

Catamaran Cup: Five Hobie Cats took part in the morning race.

Place Boat Skipper
1 Katoosh Erlend Tait
2 Awesome Ian Rushbrook
3 Plum Crazy Richard Flett

Kemp Cup (with corrected times): Fredrik Sundman took the big trophy this year sailing his Laser Libertine 2.

Place Boat Type Skipper time
1 Libertine 2 Laser Fredrik Sundman 51:31.16
2 Enron Laser Mark Holbrook 53:43.34
3 Smyril Wayfarer David Clouston 55:31.22

Maxwell Cup (corrected times):

Place Boat Skipper Time
1 Panache Jimmy Clouston 100:00.93
2 Gambler Bob Farrer 101:31.00
3 Eureka Magnus Bain 103:03.40

Errol Bruce Cup: Four Hobie Cats raced in the afternoon.

Place Boat Skipper
1 Katoosh Erlend Tait
2 Plum Crazy Richard Flett
3 Willy Flippit Callum Rendall
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