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Regatta 1997

Longhope Stromness Westray Holm

Longhope Regatta 1997

The 1997 Longhope Regatta was held on 5 July.

Snipe:

Place Boat Number Skipper
1 Erma H1 J. Foubister
2 Jual   K. Johnston
3 Eldorado   F. Johnston
4 Vendetta   K. Manson
5 Margarita H15 G. Sutherland
6 Noringa   G. Hill
7 Vital Spark   E. Flett
RTD Wynora   P. Johnston

Cats:

Place Boat Type Handicap Skipper Time Corrected
1 Alley Cat YW Cat 934 G. Shearer 106:10 113.66
2 Rip Tide YW Cat 934 L. Thomson 113:22 121.37
3 Breakaway YW Cat 934 P. Thomson 120:16 128.76
4 Plum Crazy Hobie 18 744 Richard Flett 100:20 134.85
RTD Banana Split Hobie 18 744 Erlend Tait    

Cats (afternoon):

Place Boat Type Handicap Skipper Time Corrected
1 Banana Split Hobie 18 744 Erlend Tait 37:36 50.53
2 Rip Tide YW Cat 934 L. Thomson 47.14 50.57
3 Alley Cat YW Cat 934 G. Shearer 53:38 57.42
3 Breakaway YW Cat 934 P. Thomson 120:16 128.76
4 Plum Crazy Hobie 18 744 Richard Flett 100:20 134.85

Mixed Centreboards:

Place Boat Type Handicap Time Corrected Skipper
1 Smyril Wayfarer 1099 88:52 80.86 Jimmy Clouston
2 Barbarian Albacore 1068 197:45 91.52 Brian Pottinger
3 Evil Edna 505 906 86:11 95.12 David Sabiston
4 B & B 505 906 90:36 100.00 Brian Kynoch
5   Enterprise 1116 133:21 119.48 A. Cameron
6 Rock and Roll Merlin Rocket 1060 137:56 130.12 B. Gillespie
7   420 1086 145:43 134.17 S. Thomson

Allcomers:

Place Boat Type Handicap Time Corrected Skipper
1 Evil Edna 505 906 41:24 45.69 David Sabiston
2 Smyril Wayfarer 1099 50:25 45.87 Jimmy Clouston
3 B&B 505 906 47:21 52.26 Brian Kynoch
4 Jual Snipe 1117 60:20 54.01 J. Brown
5 Wynora Snipe 1117 63:41 57.01 P. Johnston
6 Erma Snipe 1117 64:09 57.43 J. Foubister
7 Vendetta Snipe 1117 63:41 57.52 K. Manson
8 Margarita Snipe 1117 77:37 69.48 G. Sutherland

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Stromness Regatta 1997

Stromness regatta was held on Saturday 19 July in near ideal conditions. At the 9 am race briefing conditions were anything but ideal with dead calm in the harbour and outside. It was decided to press on in the hope of better times to come and sure enough by the time all the boats were launched for the first race the wind had settled in the south east and was steady at about five knots.

After starting inside the harbour, racing continued outside around a triangular course, before finishing inside the harbour again.

The fleet of 28 boats was made up of Snipes, 505s, cats, mixed centreboards, yachts and ballast boats. These made a fine spectacle for the many spectators watching from the piers and closes.

After the first race all competitors came ashore and enjoyed an excellent meal before once again taking to the water.

During the interval the wind increased to a steady 10 knots from the south east. These were as near ideal conditions as could be hoped for and provided excellent racing, over the same course.

Many thanks went to the rescue boats, timekeepers and lady helpers, who once again provided an excellent meal.

Snipe:

Place Boat Helm Crew
1 Vendetta K. Manson H. Dunnet
2 Margarita J. MacDonald D. Sutherland
3 Eldorado F. Johnston A. Sinclair
4 Fleetwing F. Johnston D. Johnston
5 Jual W. Tulloch S. Tulloch
6 Noringa G. Hill N. Drever
7 Lady Midnight L. Cooper R. Aldrgo
8 Silver Fern D. Harcus J. Brown
9 Pa'snip A. Long M. Norquoy
10 Wynora B. Jones D. Gunn

Yachts Morning Race:

Place Boat Helm Crew
1 Gambler G. Ratter I. Taylor, R. Hourston
2 Kerry Lass M. Cooper E. Cooper, C. Cooper
3 New Dawn D. Stout R. Flett, A. Buchan

Yoles:

Place Boat Helm Crew
1 Auk I. Richardson J. Merriman
2 Helga W. Black another

Mixed Centreboards:

Place Boat Class Helm Crew
1 OSC1 Wayfarer C. Irvine C. Clark
2 Barbarian Albacore D. Pottinger R. Brown
3 Skellum Laser A. Thorne-Large
4 Laser W. Pottinger
5 Wayfarer S. Bothen G. Wakerstone

505:

Place Boat Helm Crew
1 Best Kens L. Tait B. Reid
2 Evil Edna D. Sabiston M. Swanney
3 White Knight G. Burgess B. Moodie
4 B&B Brian Kynoch M. Mitchell

Cats Morning Race:

Place Boat Helm
1 Hobby 15 C. Rendall
2 Banana Split E. Tait
3 Phoenix B. Tait
4 Plum Crazy V. Byres

Cats Afternoon Race:

Place Boat Helm
1 Phoenix B. Tait
2 Banana Split E. Tait
3 Plum Crazy V. Byres
4 Hobby 15 C. Rendall

Yachts Afternoon Race:

Place Boat Helm Crew
1 Gambler G. Ratter I. Taylor, R. Hourston
2 Kerry Lass M. Cooper E. Cooper, C. Cooper
3 New Dawn D. Stout R. Flett, A. Buchan

Yoles Afternoon Race:

Place Boat Helm Crew
1 Auk I. Richardson J. Merriman
2 Pansy
RTD Helga

Allcomers:

Place Boat Class Helm Crew
1 Best Kens 505 L. Tait B. Reid
2 Evil Edna 505 D. Sabiston M. Swanney
3 White Knight 505 G. Burgess B. Moodie
4 Barbarian Albacore D. Pottinger R. Brown
5 Noringa Snipe G. Hill R. Drever
6 Eldorado Snipe F. Johnston A. Sinclair
7 Vendetta Snipe K. Manson H. Dunnet
8 Jual Snipe W. Tulloch S. Tulloch
9 Fleetwing Snipe F. Johnston D. Johnston
10 Skellum Laser A. Thorne-Large
11 Pa'snip Snipe A. Long M. Norquoy
12 Margarita Snipe J. MacDonald D. Sutherland
13 OSC3 Wayfarer C. Bothen G. Wakerstone
14 Laser W. Pottinger
15 Wayfarer C. Irvine C. Clark
16 Silver Fern Snipe D. Harcus J. Brown
17 Lady Midnight Snipe L. Cooper R. Aldrgo
18 Wynora Snipe B. Jones D. Gunn

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Westray Regatta 1997

The annual regatta was held under ideal sailing conditions, both for the crews and spectatorsalike, with sunny skies and a warm south-westerly breeze.

The course took the vessels up the bay, then to Ness buoy, and then to Berriedale buoy completing the course at the start buoy off the pier. By the time of the allcomers races the wind had shifted to north west and the course was reversed.

In all 48 vessels took part, including 12 of Westray's own skiffs, and also 12 visiting yachts. This is the largest number of vessels ever to have participated in a Westray regatta.

The club were disappointed that no snipes came from Holm this year, but were informed that most of the sailors were involved in a wedding on the same day. It is hoped to see them next year.

For the second year a 'daft raft race' was held in aid of lifeboat funds, organised by Mrs. Edith Costie, which raised £43.

After the sailing events, the trophies were presented by Mrs. Ailsa Seatter, wife of one of the Westray Skiff sailors.

The club then held a dance in the Community Hall at night, which was a very well attended and successful event. The music was provided by John P. Drever, the singing of Liz Drever being particularly appreciated.

The club thank everyone who helped in so many ways to make the regatta day a total success.

Skiffs:

Place Boat Helm
1 Onward M. Harcus
2 Puffin D. Drever
3 Kia Ora M. Rendall

Merlin Rockets:

Place Boat Helm
1 Ella H. Hutchison
2 Rural Girl B. Kent
3 Auk R. Hutchison

Laser:

Place Boat Helm
1 72322 W. Pottinger
2 Skellum A. Thorne-Large
3 15890 D. Foulis

505:

Place Boat Helm
1 Best Kens L. Tait
2 Evil Edna D. Sabiston
3 Abra Ian Rushbrook

Cats:

Place Boat Helm
1 Banana Split E. Tait
2 Plumb Crazy V. Byres
3 Phoenix W. Tait

Allcomers:

Place Boat Class Helm
1 Evil Edna 505 D. Sabiston
2 Barbarian Albacore D. Pottinger
3 Skellum Laser A. Thorne-Large

Mixed Centreboards:

Place Boat Class Helm
1 Barbarian Albacore D. Pottinger
2 Samara Albacore E. Tait
3 OSC3 Wayfarer R. McArthur

Cats afternoon race:

Place Boat Helm
1 Hobie 15 C. Drever
2 Plumb Crazy V. Byres
3 Phoenix W. Tait

Skiffs afetrnoon race:

Place Boat Helm
1 Onward M. Harcus
2 John P J. P. Drever
3 Curlew J. Mowatt

Yachts race 1:

Place Boat Helm
1 Gambler G. Ratter
2 Kerry Lass M. Cooper
3 Bandrums J. Band

Yachts race 2:

Place Boat Helm
1 Gambler G. Ratter
2 Tsarina W. Finnie
3 Sirocco D. MacDonald

Snipe Special:

Place Boat Helm
1 Silver Fern D. Harcus
2 Pa'snip A. Long

Merlin Rocket Special:

Place Boat Helm
1 Ella Harcus Hutchison

Lug Sailed Yoles:

Place Helm
1 John O'Holland
2 Peter Miller

Daft Raft Race:

Place Boat Helm
1 Auk Club R. Leslie
2 Whale's Willy S. Bain
3 Seaweed and Floaters Ruth Hagan
Wooden Spoon Green River S. Parry

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Holm Regatta 1997

Saturday 16 August dawned as a calm foggy day with everyone predicting a windless postponement. However, by 10am the bay had cleared and a fine southeasterly breeze sprung up with the 36 boats turned out to compete for the siverware, the classes consisting of 15 Snipes, five Wayfarers, three Albacores, three Lasers, a Kestrel, three 505s, four Catamarans, and two windsurfers.

All dinghies and cats sailed class races in the morning before stopping for lunch. Once again the wives, families, and friends of Holm club having put many hours behind the scenes produced a fine feed for the sailors.

The first two races are aggregated and results are as below:

Snipe:

Place Boat Number Skipper
1 Erma H1 N. Foubister
2 Vendetta   K. Manson
3 Eldorado   F. Johnston
4 Lady Midnight   M. Cooper
5 Kontiki H7 K. Johnston
6 Teeack H14 M. Bain
7 Silver Fern D. Harcus
8 Horse Gowk L. Foubister
9 Vicky D. Sutherland
10 Margarita H15 K. MacDonald
11 Sceptre H12 S. Muir
12 Gallinago H3 M. MacDonald
13 Sirius A. Kirkpatrick
14 Vital Spark   E. Flett
15 Prawn Pie   B. Jones

Wayfarer:

Place Boat Helm
1 Smyril J. Clouston
2 4254 S. Butcher
3 OSC2 B. Johnston
4 OSC3 J. Hinkley
RET OSC1 F. Cowan

Albacore:

Place Boat Helm
1 Barbarian B. Pottinger
2 Samara K. Rendall
3 Alce-Alce-O D. Stevenson
RET Kestrel B. Gowland

Laser:

Place Boat Helm
1 55390 M. Foulis
2 Skellum A. Thorne-Large
3 Green W. Pottinger

505:

Place Boat Helm
1 Best Kens L. Tait
2 Evil Edna D. Sabiston
3 B&B B. Kynoch

Windsurfers:

Place Board Helm
1 Yellow J. Middlemas
2 White T. Wright

Cats:

Place Boat Helm
1 Banana Split F. Tait
2 Plum Crazy V. Byres
3 Phoenix B. Tait

The third race of the afternoon was for allcomers, dinghy and cats. The wind had increased to fresh from the south-east, reverting to the original sailing course. The blustery conditions made for some 'seat of pants' sailing and some spectacular viewing for the spectators and ensured a memorable finish to a grand day's sailing.

The sheer numbers in the allcomers race ensured many spills and capsizes, giving the much appreciated and dedicated rescue craft lots to do in the afternoon, as there were as many near misses as there were actual inversions. In the middle of the pack it was difficult to see all the action, but two of the most spectacular were in front- Brian Kynoch, cartwheeling his 505, whilst obviously thinking this was more snipe type weather. Captain Kevin Manson managed to execute an excellent text book broach, thus proving the sail sometimes does give way to power!

Cats:

Place Boat Helm
1 Plum Crazy V. Byres
2 Banana Split F. Tait
3 Phoenix B. Tait
4 Hobbie 15 A. Budge

Allcomers:

Place Boat Class Helm
1 Best Kens 505 L. Tait
2 Evil Edna 505 D. Sabiston
3 Smyril Wayfarer J. Clouston
4 155390 Laser M. Foulis
5 Erma Snipe N. Foubister
6 Eldorado Snipe F. Johnston
7 Lady Midnight Snipe M. Cooper
8 Silver Fern Snipe D. Harcus
9 4254 Wayfarer S. Butcher
10 OSC2 Wayfarer B. Johnston
11 Barbarian Albacore B. Pottinger
12 Horse Gowk Snipe L. Foubister

The twelve other boats retired.

Snipe in Allcomers:

Place Boat Helm
1 Erma N. Foubister
2 Eldorado F. Johnston
3 Lady Midnight M. Cooper

The prizes were given out on the pier where Commodore Jim MacDonald thanked everyone for playing their part in making this one of the best regattas in years. A suit of snipe sails (donated to the club by John Love) were auctioned in aid of funds for the International Snipe Association, eventual winner for £110 was D. Harcus from Stromness Sailing Club.

A supper and dance (to the Wyre Band) was held in the evening at the Commodore Motel and as usual a fine night was had by all. Once again thanks go to all concerned.

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