The competition is open

What’s it all about?

There is a competition for the fastest rounding of the islands in the Forth Estuary by RFYC yachts during the season. This is a great opportunity for everyone, even those who do not normally race to challenge themselves to pick the best conditions and get their boat sailing as well as it can.

Peak Flow beating towards Inchkeith.

Peak Flow beating towards Inchkeith.

The islands in the main challenge are:

Inch Garvie
Inchgarvie - photo by Mike Harrington

Inchgarvie – photo by Mike Harrington







There is a separate challenge for the Isle of May, which permits the breaking of the passage for an overnight stop at a convenient waypoint.

Isle of May circuit...

Isle of May circuit…

Details of handicap arrangements can be found in the 2019 Sailing Instructions, but in summary:

  • There are three classes.
  • Fleet 1 (base handicap of 1014 and below) will use progressive handicaps. No White Sail Allowance is permitted.
  • Fleet 2 (base handicap of 1015 – 1080) will use ‘progressive’ handicaps, with White Sail Allowance, if relevant.
  • “Slow” handicap boats (base handicap greater than 1080) will use ‘progressive’ handicaps and will also be granted an additional 4% allowance (in addition to a White Sail Allowance, if relevant).
  • White Sail decision must be made before leaving mooring or pontoon, except for Isle of May when you can decide to use a spinnaker at any point.
  • Start and finish times (not elapsed times) should be taken from Granton harbour mouth.
  • The passage should be recorded on the forms available at the club notice board including: island rounded, name of yacht, skipper, date, start time, finish time, weather conditions, wind direction and strength, and whether a spinnaker or cruising chute was used. In the case of the Isle of May more detail of the passage should be recorded.
  • In the case of a boat staying overnight on an Isle of May passage a single waypoint should be used to record the stop time on day one and the restart time on day two. The waypoint used should be recorded.
  • The record of a passage must be submitted to the Sailing Secretary within one week of the island rounding.

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

2017 results: no entrants.

2016 results:

Detailed Results for 2016

Summary table:

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.

Final results for 2015:

Place for All Islands – summary of results.

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

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