The James Gibb Management Series : 9 – 11 May, 2012

This annual Spring Series for Dinghies, kindly sponsored by James Gibb Property Management was our first open event of the season. Taking place a little earlier than last year, the weather was unfortunately less than kind to us.

Wednesday was fair but cold and there was a good turnout of 11 boats.  The wind was blowing force 3-4 from the north east, but with wind against tide there was a fairly steep short chop, which was very uncomfortable in the committee boat, but creating very good conditions for downwind sailing! Unfortunately the waves were just a bit too big for Terry O’Brien in his 2.4 who decided to head home early. Two fast races were held, with Stewart and Sarah Robertson in the leading RS400 completing 5 laps in each race while young Lewis Smith completed 3 laps in his Topper.  The results of the two races were very consistent with the first 4 places being the same in each race – Stewart and Sarah Robertson, followed by Andy Hutchinson and Richard Bolton, both in Solos, and then Ronnie and Tor Millar in their RS200.

Thursday saw the most atrocious evening with heavy rain and winds gusting at force 6 with spectacular waves breaking over the breakwater.  Racing for the day was abandoned.

We had an interesting close to the series on Friday evening.  With rain and light winds it was always going to be a challenge, but a course was set in Wardie Bay and 10 boats set off on the first race.

Over the line


Competition was brisk, particularly with the RS400s.

Close competition for the RS400s

The weather meanwhile varied from light rain to murk with the odd heavy shower thrown in.

Racing into the murk

But the wind couldn’t make up its mind what it was doing and in the course of the evening went through 360 degrees and then another 180 degrees for good luck.  In fact for the second race, despite the marks being moved almost as the race started, the leeward mark became the windward mark halfway through the race.  The Race Officer, John Robertson, managed to remain cool only muttering about his frustration.

A late sunset in the final stages

The first four places in each race were again dominated by Stewart & Sara Robertson in the RS400, Ronnie & Tor Millar in their RS200 and Richard Bolton in the solo, though on Friday these were joined by Kevan Gibb and his crew in another RS400.

The racing was followed by a buoyant session in the bar with and excellent buffet provided courtesy of our sponsors, James Gibb Property Management.

Regrettably, James Gibb Property Management has changed ownership and will not be sponsoring us next year.  So there is an opportunity for a new sponsor.

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Results will be posted on this site shortly under Race results.

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