THE POOR weather at the weekend reduced the number of takers for Sunday’s River Race to six stalwarts in three dinghies, who came, determined not to be put off by the rain.
After the trek to get all the boats along and down the far slipway, then across shingle and mud and into the water, Allan and Steve were first off in their Albacore on a fast run before the wind, and in an outgoing tide. They were closely followed by Adam and Chris (GP!4), and then Roger and Rory (Albacore).
Safety cover, and race management was provided today by Graeme Wallace and Barry McLean.
After this impressive beginning to the day, there then followed a delay of about 10 minutes while Allan and Adam carried out running repairs to their boats before the trio of boats sailed down to the start line which ran from the Old Pier to the Lifeboat Station.
Once the race finally began, the course involved a triangular route, running down the channel, sailing anti-clockwise round the 2 large channel marks and then tacking back up to the start line, while avoiding running aground on the Annat Bank. The winds were fair and the sea flat which made for some quite relaxed sailing.
Winners of the first River Race of the season series were 1, Allan Brown and Steve Martin (Albacore); 2, Adam Wallace and Chris Linton (GP!4); 3, Roger Murray and Rory McLeod (Albacore).
On Saturday (June 30), between 11am and 3pm, the club is holding a ‘Tea by the Sea’ in aid of Sail 4 Cancer.
The weather is bound to be wonderful, so come along, eat your fill of magnificent home-baking, support the charity which gives young cancer sufferers the opportunity to experience sailing of both dinghies and yachts,
and also watch some sailing at close hand.