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Regatta 1990

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Holm Regatta 1990

A strong southerly breeze complemented by bright sunshine was the recipe for Holm's Annual Regatta held in St. Mary's Bay on Saturday July 14; a total of 23 boats taking part - 11 snipes, six yachts, three catamarans, two 505s and one Enterprise.

Two class races were sailed before crews had a much appreciated dinner in the community centre. This was followed by the Allcomers races and prizes were presented immediately after the racing was finished. The Commodore thanked the ladies for attending to the dinner, the rescue boats, the officials on the pier, the visiting yachtsmen and indeed all who helped the club in any way. An enjoyable supper dance was held later in the Commodore Motel.

Snipe:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Sceptre L. Johnstone
2 Noringa G. Hill
3 Eldorado F. Johnstone

Merlin Rocket:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Ella H. Hutchison
2 Tyste D. Kemp
3 Snoopy I. Eunson

Yachts:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Gambler G. Ratter
2 Amarylis H. Hughes
3 Tasman M. Grainger

Catamaran:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Gemini P. Thomson
2 Rip Tide L. Celli
3 Spindrift P. Tait

Other Boats:

Place Boat Type Skipper
1 Sunburst 505 D. Sabiston
2 Abra 505 I. Pole
3 Blew Bird Enterprise A. Leslie

Allcomers:

Place Boat Type Skipper
1 Sunburst 505 D. Sabiston
2 Abra 505 I. Pole
3 Kontiki Snipe K. Johnstone

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Longhope Regatta 1990

Longhope Regatta was held on Saturday June 30. A strong cold east wind, haze and drizzle characterised the day, unfortunately.

The regatta nevertheless attracted a field of 14 assorted sailing boats, four rowing boats and the usual collection of wonderful floating objects for the raft race.

Morning Races

Snipe:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Noringa G. Hill
2 Wynora K. Manson
3 Eldorado F. Johnstone

Yachts:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Tasman M. Grainger
2 Stardust I. McKenzie
3 Wave Dancer J. Casey

Catamaran:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Gemini P. Thomson
2 Rip Tide L. Celli
3 Spindrift P. Tait

Mixed Centreboards:

Place Type Skipper
1 505 R. Thomson
2 420 D. Learmonth

First over the line in the rowing race was lone canoeist Louise Budge who was awarded the Ladies Rowing Cup. The gold medal went to oarsman Charlie Bateman and silver to Keith Dempsey.

Afternoon Races

Yachts:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Tasman M. Grainger
2 Balgoda D. Cursiter
3 Stardust I. McKenzie

Catamaran:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Rip Tide L. Celli
2 Gemini P. Thomson

Allcomers:

Place Boat Type Skipper
1 Eldorado Snipe D. Harcus
2 Wynora Snipe K. Manson
3 Noringa Snipe G. Hill

The raft race was marred slightly by a false start but neither the rain nor the lifeboat's fire hose could dampen the enthusiasm of the competitors.

The winners were Paul Spence and Keith Forbes who thereby become the first holders of the Derek Sutherland Memorial Trophy.

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Kirkwall Regatta 1990

Last Saturday Orkney Sailing Club were hosts for the Kirkwall Regatta. Fears of a repeat of last year's windless regatta, after a week of near calm were relieved by a forecast for Saturday of south westerly 15-20 rising 20-30. 35 in gusts.

The courses for the racing set the start further out the bay than usual to keep the fleet clear of dredging operations off the end of the pier, and did not allow for the unexpected presence of the Liner Europe at anchor right in the middle of the bay.

The passengers and crew must have had a grandstand view of the actions of the 26 strong fleet at number four turning mark.

First off were the yachts with the wind swinging round the south cardinals at force four and sailing a longer outer course round Scargun and a buoy off Thieves Holm.

Next away were the dinghy classes being Snipe, Wayfarer, 505 and catamaran winding their way round the various buoys. On the course were guard boats escorting in case of mishap.

After lunch served in the Girnel by the Ladies Committee, the second yacht race got underway followed by the centreboard dinghies.

Soon after, the rapidly darkening sky gave way to a heavy rain squall and gusting winds.

The forecast force 6 had arrived with a bang. The rescue boats did a great job towing in dinghies with gear failure as one by one boats made their way back to Hatston under the atrocious conditions.

Only two managed to complete the course and finish. Next back were the yachts now deeply reefed sailing for the finish line. The decision was made to abandon sailing for the day.

At the prizegiving held in the evening Commodore David Sabiston thanked the sailors from the local sailing clubs and also the visiting sailors from Findhorn, Glasgow and Kent for taking part.

George Mees from Erith Yacht Club on the Thames swapped club burgees and David Urquhart, commodore of the Findhorn club congratulated the members on the fine refurbishment of the Girnel. Mrs. Sheila Urquhart then presented the trophies.

A special prize was presented by John Kemp, Draper, for the two youngest sailors - Lynette Meason and Clair Drew.

The dance followed the prizegiving with the usual filling of cups and grand band played on into the small hours.

The club are looking forward to a visit from the Shetland team on September 8-9 for the annual inter county. It is hoped to sail the remaining regatta day races that weekend as there are a lot of trophies to sail for.

Snipe:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Eldorado A. Johnston
2 Kontiki K. Johnston
3 Sceptre L. Johnston

Wayfarer:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Smyril J. Clouston
2 Fair Dinkum R. Moar

505:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Temeraire L. Tait
2 Sunburst D. Sabiston

Mixed Centreboards:

Place Boat Type Skipper
1 Sunburst 505 D. Sabiston
2 SmyrilWayfarer J. Clouston

Cats:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Rip Tide L. Celli
2 Samba C. Tait
3 Gemini E. Tait

Yachts: Race 1

Place Boat Skipper
1 Gambler G. Ratter
2 Sunwake S. Manson
3 Tasman M. Grainger

Yachts: Race 2

Place Boat Skipper
1 Gambler G. Ratter
2 Tasman M. Grainger
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