September 26, 2019

The very last race of the season for the old ladies, born in 1925. It was a stiff breeze off the Shandon shore.
On the water race officer Peter Proctor selected a course beginning downwind to D, north of Clynder. Catriona with Michael Lapsley on the helm made a leisurely start but Spinnaker work better than the rest put Catriona in contention with Halcyone early on.  Thalia following.

Halcyone was first to D but made a wide r...

September 24, 2019

The last of the Sunday afternoon races this year.  Heavy rain in the morning did not engender enthusiasm but it was dry with good wind (if gusty) for the race.

New to the Class Michael Lapsley and Louise Corry sailed on Catriona.  

With wind blowing from the Shandon shore, a start to windward was not possible.  The C mark at the north end of Clynder was judged to be downwind so that is where we went.  There was time for two roun...

September 18, 2019

On the water Race Officer Shane Rankin sent us on one of the shorter courses up and down the Shandon shore.  There was an instruction to finish after one round.  It seemed a short race but as we made our way back to the moorings, wind lightened so that a second round might have put us into the twilight.  

The starting line was square to the wind, being fixed that is unusual.  Tide was against us for the windward leg s...

September 16, 2019

The days are running out for this season, so when the message came saying that Teal's crew Ufo was down with cold/flu, I was resigned to gardening with a heavy heart. I nonetheless resolved to pop along and pump out Teal (which was as well since she was full to the deck floor after last week's rain). The heart became heavier still forlornly contemplating a good breeze and sunshine....

...but then I spotted that Thalia was saili...

September 11, 2019

The second of the Ancient Mariner series was greeted by a wet evening but with wind, and a forecast of more to come, something of a change from recent weeks.  6 boats ventured out and course L5 up and down the Shandon shore was selected with Catriona as on the water race officer.  It soon became apparent that the wind, and more especially the tide was not uniform across the Loch.  A tidy start with Catriona a few seconds early...

September 6, 2019

The first of the Ancient Mariner Series, named after Douglas Young, whose nickname that was.  He owned the Gareloch Galatea when he passed on.  We start an hour earlier, on account of the darker evenings.

On the water Race Officer Shane Rankin selected one of the shorter courses to B, off Silvers and back.  Wind lightened towards the start with the result that Carol Rowe, on the helm of Catriona, got away unchallenged.  Th...

September 3, 2019

The Gareloch class was host to visitors from the Howth 17 Footers (the oldest one design keelboat) and the Freundeskreis Klassische Yachten.  The plan was for nine races so that each team raced each other team three times.  

Saturday morning started with a brisk wind in the Clyde so that Race Officer Jean Mackay, aboard Jim Findlay’s Full Circle, moved racing from the East patch (off Helensburgh pier) to the more sheltered...

August 30, 2019

The last of the normal Tuesday evening races although the Garelochs carry on through September with an earlier start.  Weather was very pleasant in the context of gardening but not conducive to a memorable race.  Race Officer Peter Proctor was very patient and waited for enough movement of air to send us on the shortest course to the club and back. 

With tide more prominent than wind, both Catriona and Halcyone hit...

August 15, 2019

A delightfully sunny evening with steady wind.  Race officer Barrie Choules took advantage and set one of the longer courses with a windward leg to the northernmost mark on the Clynder shore.  

Athene, who was at the bottom of the order in the weekend’s championship, had just been lifted out for a routine survey.  She had barnacles and, in the gap between the keel and rudder, mussels.  Her skipper John Blackie took the hel...

August 5, 2019

On the water Race Officer Barrie Choules selected one of the longer courses, zig-zagging across the loch.  A good wind blowing from the Shandon shore meant a start with spinnakers.  Catriona got away well with Thalia and Halcyone close by.  Dione’s start was less than ideal, her skipper’s excuse was that he was distracted by being Race Officer.  Anyway, he took a flyer, going early towards the Clynder shore.  As is usually the...

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