For the first time in many years Montrose Sailing Club entered a team in the annual Forfar Sailing Club Endurance Race, held on Saturday at Forfar Loch. The race lasts for six hours with crews Montrose changing over to race the same boat for the full duration.
The Montrose team were going to enter two boats but due to a last minute drop out it was decided that one boat with two crews of two would be better. The team, Euan MacPherson, Chris Linton, Bryan Locke and Rory McLeod, took Bryan Locke’s GP14 dinghy complete with new laminated sail that was hoped would give them the edge in the very fickle conditions of Forfar loch where the home team would have the obvious advantage.
Montrose began to suspect that they wouldn’t do well when the course was posted using all but one of the twelve buoys on the loch.
As a result of this complication the first crew away had a poor start with a bit of confusion as to the proper route. Once this was sorted out the sailing became more competitive with the westerly wind meaning the speed of tacking became crucial. The changeovers for Montrose were executed smoothly with the replacement team being ready on the jetty in good time. It was now found that the lack of a spinnaker became a factor on the downwind legs.
In the end the Montrose SC team came fourth out of four but had a very enjoyable day and would like to thank the Forfar SC for their kind hospitality and warm welcome. The day concluded with a barbecue at the Forfar club house.
While Montrose were putting their dinghy away after travelling back home, they discover that it had sprung a leak and they had been carrying several gallons of ballast. There is hope for next year.