Montrose Sailing Club rounded off their season last weekend with a first, as they acted as host club for the annual North East Scotland Sailing (NESS) Regatta for novice sailors.
The event was open to juniors aged eight to 16 who have been sailing for only one or two seasons.
In all, 11 boats competed in amazingly good conditions for October. They were under the watchful eyes of a fleet of four safety boats, including the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, Pete Babbs and bearded crew, who seem to have spent their time drinking tea in their cabin cruiser, and Ian Bloomfield, who had sailed his RIB down from Johnshaven to take part. Their lifesaving efforts were coordinated by Gordon Tosh and Chris Linton in the club’s own RIB.
In the event, the only sailor needing rescue was Finn (8), the youngest competitor, who found the waves and distance from shore a just bit too daunting, and requested a tow back to shore.
Winners: 1, Iona, sailing her Topper (Peterhead SC); 2, Magnus Dixon, Topper (Peterhead SC); 3. Euan Clark, Topper, (Montrose SC).
Morven and Orla McLeod, Mirror (Montrose SC), were fifth overall and also won the Endeavour Trophy, having only been sailing for the past few weeks.
It was a great experience thanks to huge amount of behind the scenes effort by the women of the club, who cheerfully provided vast amounts of food all day for hungry sailors (of all ages).
The final events of the season will be the Trophy Night dinner in the George hotel on Friday, November 8, and the AGM on Thursday, November 14, in the clubhouse.