It could be argued that the Royal Eastern Regatta, which took place on Saturday 15 August, is our longest running event. The first Eastern Regatta was held in 1835 and led to the formation the next year of the Royal Eastern Yacht Club, with the specific objective of holding an annual regatta on the Forth. That club was later assimilated into the Royal Forth Yacht Club but the Royal Eastern Regatta continues, I think a run of 180 years is pretty impressive.
This year there was a very brisk wind and plenty of sun and five boats put to sea to race on a mid-Firth ‘A’ course. Although Funtastic returned to the harbour early the others enjoyed three great races with the Dragon Kestra putting in a flawless performance, rewarded by three firsts. Meanwhile the three H-boats enjoyed a close unofficial one design competition with much changing of places and gentlemanly application of the rules but Humdinger’s perseverance paid off to take three second places.
Another regular event, although I am not sure of its exact origins, is the annual Cadet Trophy. Trying to guess a date between the end of family holidays and the start of the school term is always a challenge but on this occasion three of our cadet members, aged ten to seventeen, all sailing Toppers, entered.
With sunshine and a F2 from the east three windward – leeward races were held in Wardie Bay. Robyn Dougall, although a little bleary eyed from recent travels, won all three races to retain the title from last year and second place went to the youngest competitor, Orla Tait.
Pemva acted as the committee boat and the race management team were entertained in some (entirely dry) style by her skipper Ken Dougall.