The Royal Eastern Yacht Club was formed in 1836 by permission of King William IV who was also known as the “Sailor King”. The Granton Sailing Club became the Forth Yacht Club in 1872 and was granted Royal status by Queen Victoria in 1883. The Royal Eastern Yacht Club was later merged with the Royal Forth Yacht Club in 1969. This bit of history is the background to this race.
This year it fell on a bright sunny day with light winds, perfect (if not fast sailing) weather. The Race Officers, Fiona and George Brown, also doubling up as the Royal forth Driver, had quite a challenge to determine which direction the light wind was coming from to set the course. Despite the conditions, they managed to get the full three races fitted in, though each race was in a different direction. Sadly only six boats turned out, four from the fast fleet and two from the slow fleet. The challenge was who could make the best us of the light and variable winds and which tack to take on the windward beat. One boat endeavoured to improve their chances by a little maintenance before the first race:
The only 707 to turn out, Cacciatore, inevitably led the fast fleet and finished first overall.
- Cacciatore lapping Peak Flow
Humdinger and Varrich slogged it out for second place with Humdinger being successful. The Dragon Kismit was fourth.
The two slow boats gave each other a bit of competition, but Peak Flow (with the advantage of having an American trainee vet on board) held the lead on Timania to win each of the three races in this class.
All in all it was a perfect day’s sailing. YOU should have been there. For 30 more wonderful photos (from Fiona Brown) see Flikr link.