Report by Andy Johnston and Alan Henderson, with pics by Alan Henderson:
Sunday 27th November saw a bright and sunny (if slightly patchy and shifty in the easterly breeze) finale to the Largs SC November Open Series, bringing to a close the club’s dinghy racing season and giving crews five Sundays of quality racing in a decent sized fleet. Two windward-leeward races were completed on each day, in winds from light and shifty on day 4 through good racing in moderate southerly or northerly winds, with a good blow thrown in on the second Sunday. And it was even reportedly reasonably warm for the time of year!
The series continues to be popular with dinghy sailors, with 43 boats being enough boats to warrant fast and slow handicap classes. Visitors from the Holy Loch, Loch Ard, Prestwick and Bardowie joined the sizeable home fleet. A variety of boats were present too – LSC’s large RS200 fleet was well represented with 9 boats, whilst the fast handicap class also boasted 3 D-Zeros, an Osprey, Flying Dutchman and Cherub among a few other monos and catamarans.
The Slow Handicap fleet consisted mostly of Lasers, Solos and Toppers, although it was the 3 Solos of Stuart Gibson, David Whyte and Robert Signer which cleaned up the top places in that order overall. A group of Lasers and Radials followed, but rarely got into the Solos in the results. David Williams in his Topper did manage to topple the dominant Solos in the first race, but some other good scores by this sailor were compromised overall by a few too many DNCs.
In the Fast Handicap class, Phil and Carol Alderson sped round the course with a hat-trick of firsts in their scores to take the overall win from Alan Henderson and Murray McDonald/Cameron Milne in Alan’s last series before he takes delivery of a spanking new Hartley mkV Osprey. Jon Bassett took a well earned 3rd overall in his D-Zero as the first of the singlehanders, followed by a consistent Simon Limb in his RS100. A little further back in 8th, Alistair Mclaughlin and Mark Taylor posted an excellent set of results in their FD and would otherwise have likely made the podium but were somewhat snookered by not quite doing enough of the races.
Overall this event goes from strength to strength, helped by consecutive years of largely good weather for the time of year and the willingness of people to travel for what is a great series of racing and a good chance to wind down the season.
The racing was ably run by various members of the fleet, supported by David Kent and his RIB crews. Next club race at Largs SC is the New Year’s Race on 3rd January, followed by the Early Open Series from 26th February til 2nd April.
Full Results HERE