Season’s Challenge 2016: “Round the Islands”

 2016 results:

Yacht Name Inchkeith Inchcolm Inchmickery Inchgarvie May Island Total Points Points after 1 discard
Eriskay 1 6 6 6 6 25 19
Hanna 2 6 1 6 6 21 15
Peak Flow 3 2 2 1 1 9 6
Border Maid 6 1 6 6 6 25 19
Pemva 6 6 3 6 6 27 21
All yachts entering the Seasons Challenge series are entered in this table.
Points for not rounding an island for an entrant are total series entrants plus one.
One discard is allowed.

Detailed results and times:

Season's challenge results 2016

Season’s challenge results 2016

All time best times:

InchMickery – Hanna – 50m13s (elapsed) – 2934 sec (Corrected, WSA) – 22.9.16
Inchcolm – Border Maid – 1h30m25s (elapsed) – 4730 (Corrected, WSA) – 9.7.16
InchGarvie – Peak Flow – 2h10m29s (elapsed) – 7386 (Corrected, WSA) – 25.9.16
Inchkeith – Eriskay – 2h06m07s (Elapsed) – 7085 (Corrected WSA) – 11.9.15
Isle of May – Peak Flow – 10h47m37s (Elapsed) – 36656 (Corrected WSA) – 5.10.16

New for 2016: Spinnakers may be used! 

Season’s Challenge 2016 is open from 1st May to 30th September (extended to Liftout).

What’s it all about?

In recognition of the popularity of Top Gear for ‘petrol-heads’ there will be a competition for the fastest rounding of the islands in the Forth Estuary by RFYC yachts during the season.

Peak Flow beating towards Inchkeith.

Peak Flow beating towards Inchkeith.

The islands are:

Inch Garvie
Inchgarvie - photo by Mike Harrington

Inchgarvie – photo by Mike Harrington


via Mortimers Deep buoyed channel & passing west of Ch Buoy 15






via a rounding south of the Little Herwit Green Buoy in the Narrow Deep.



Isle of May

stopping overnight if required by taking times at a near point off the island lights

Isle of May circuit...

Isle of May circuit…

Yacht skippers are open to choosing the most favourable wind and tide conditions for their passages.

Prizes may be awarded for this challenge if sufficient yachts compete.

For rules and more information, see the current year’s Sailing Instructions 2016.

Forms for recording your passage are available in the clubhouse or can be downloaded and printed off here.

Final results for 2015:

Place for All Islands – summary of results.

League Table-1 – actual and corrected times for each boat for each island.

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