The Season So far
Below are a selection of news articles from the 2018 season so far...
PFYC hosts its Annual Midsummer Regatta
The 2018 Season is well underway, so far most of our planned events have been a success, and most recently the Mid-Summer Regatta, Competitors were Martin (Laser Radial), Marjory (Laser 4.7), David (Laser4.7), Liam (Laser 4.7) Malcolm/Maja (Fireball), Martine (Topper), Julio (Topper), Joanne (Topper). The event was staged as a one day event on Sunday 26th August. Which consisted of 4 planned races, the morning boasted light winds and was pleasant. The afternoon posed a challenge as winds had steadily increased thru the lunch break, which saw the final race abandoned due to difficult conditions. It was close event none the less, overall Marjory gained 3rd place, Malcolm/Maja 2nd place, David claimed victory and the trophy!
The day was not over however, the social event was held at the clubhouse that evening, and was well attended. The Commodore made a brief speech, we made a fond farewell to Donn and Connie Ryan whom have been members of the PFYC for many decades, and will soon be leaving the area. David then went presented some prizes, namely Best Junior - Liam, Winner of Summer Series Racing - Maja, and of course the Regatta trophy to himself. A 3 course meal had been prepared, conversation flowed along with the wine and juice.
Our mid-summer regatta event was a success; so Special Thanks goto our Safety crews, Sunday AM Guy, David / Marjory and Sunday PM Guy and Martine. Our Caterers Marjory and Liam's Mum, and to our competitive sailors whom make sailing fun.
[Malcolm at the helm of his Fireball, his crew Maja on-the-wire]
Session 4 - PFYC hosts Push the Boat Out Event
Sunday the 13th May saw the Pentland Firth Yacht Club hold a try sailing event as part of the national Push the Boat Out month coordinated by the Royal Yachting Association. The weather did its best to dampen the spirits of those taking part with pouring rain during part of the day and very little wind to enable the newcomers to gain the experience of what dinghy sailing is all about. Despite this a total of eight enthusiastic newcomers came along the made the most of the opportunity. The light winds meant that the sailing was relaxing and the boats were easy to handle. The newcomers were able to take a turn on the helm as well as crewing, all aided by the experienced helms who accompanied them. The sailors were entertained by terns who made many successful dives to catch small fish. The boats used were Mirror dinghies and the recently acquired Enterprise dinghy which has proved to be a very useful addition to the club's growing fleet of boats. The light winds meant that that reflections and clear water were the order of the day as can be seen from the pictures.
[Malcolm at the helm of Enterprise with newcomer as crew]
[Newcomer at the helm, Dave hiding behind the mainsail]
Session 3 - Spring Series Continues
Four sailors braved the chilly south westerly breeze to battle against the elements and each other. The racing was particularly close between David and Marjory Lord with Marjory winning twice and David taking the honours in the third race. Liam King continues to develop his skill but cannot yet give a head start to the others, and will do better when his starting improves. Martin Lord finished third in two of the races. The wind dropped to almost zero for part of the last race. Dinghy sailing in very light winds is a different skill and David won this race. Liam and Martin chose not to compete in this one and headed for early showers. The club is hosting taster sessions on 13th May as part of the Royal Yachting Association Push the Boat Out, "Try Sailing in May" campaign. If you would like to try dinghy sailing, a place can be booked by contacting pentlandfirthyc@gmail, for more details search on the Push the Boat Out website.
[Race 2] - David Lord just rounded the leeward mark (foreground) with Marjory in the background approaching the mark (out of shot)..]
Session 2 - The Enterprise Returns to the North Sailing Scene
Sunday 29th April saw the start of the Spring Series Races at the Pentland Firth Yacht club. The weather was ideal for the races with a light northerly breeze and plenty of sunshine. The three boats taking part were the Laser ("McFly") of Martin Lord, the Topper of Liam King and the Enterprise of Malcolm Lord with crew Maja Redlowska. The Enterprise ("Silkie") had recently been acquired by the club - it had originally been owned by Dr Ken Swanson who had sailed it at the club in the 1960s but had not been sailed for decades until being recently brought out of storage and given a new lease of life. Three races were sailed and the winning boat in all three was the Enterprise - the long spell of rest had not slowed it down at all. The winning margin, after adjustment for the different handicaps of the three boats, was substantial for the first and third races but the second was much closer. The Topper sailed by Liam came second in two of the races and Martin in his Laser got second place in the other. The club is hosting taster sessions on 13th May as part of the Royal Yachting Association Push the Boat Out, "Try Sailing in May" campaign. If you would like to try dinghy sailing, a place can be booked by contacting pentlandfirthyc@gmail, for more details search on the Push the Boat Out website.
[photo shows helms Malcolm and Martin Lord battling to get the best start.]
Session 1 - The Topper Races
The 2018 sailing season for the Pentland Firth Yacht Club launched on Sunday 22nd April. Sailors competed using the club's Topper dinghies in a series of short races. The wind was light to very light and variable, the sun made a brief guest appearance and the rain mostly held off. Three short races were held just off the beach with sailors taking turns to run the race from the club rescue boat. There was some close racing. Dave Lord emerged the most consistent racer and was awarded the Snipe Cup. The club is hosting taster sessions on 13th May as part of the Royal Yachting Association's Push the Boat Out, "Try Sailing in May" campaign. If you would like to try dinghy sailing, a place can be booked by contacting pentlandfirthyc@gmail, for more details search on the Push the Boat Out website.
[photo shows sailors trying to make progress upwind towards the orange buoy. Heeling dinghies allows gravity to shape the sails when there is very little wind.]