TASAR Sail Boat Demonstration at Scrabster
In glorious sunshine and a perfect brisk breeze, the Pentland Firth Yacht Club recently hosted a demonstration of the Tasar Class Sailing Dinghy. 20 club members and interested members of the public turned out to see Colin Tait, an ex-pat from Caithness and now resident in Aberdeenshire, show his boat and generously let folk sail it for themselves.
The Club is promoting this new core dinghy class which it believes will appeal to a broader range of sailors. During the very interesting discussions Colin, who is Scottish Representative for the Tasar Class Association, explained about how his home club at Loch Earn was rejuvenated by building up a Tasar fleet. The desirable attributes of the Tasar were discussed, showing how the boat caters for newcomers / experts, big / small, male/ female, adults/ children, pleasure-sailing / full-on racing and would suit the widest possible range of wind and sea conditions in Thurso Bay.
Local Sailors, Steve Foster and Geoff Henstridge also showed their Tasars, which had just been delivered and are the first of the new local fleet. Ironically Steves Boat, purchased from Shetland, turned out to have previously been Colin’s. He brought it to Shetland in the ‘80’s to start up a thriving Tasar fleet there and left it behind when he moved South.
On the water the breeze became quite punchy and tested the boat’s tolerant but sporty nature. Experts and fairly inexperienced sailors handled the F5 gusts well and were treated to some pretty impressive planning across the bay. With loads of space on board and plenty of head room, even the tallest and more portly found it easy to avoid the boom and gain a comfortable ‘seat’. From a racing perspective, while pacing Geoff’s 1970’s model against Colin’s 1990’s model, it was agreed that they were quite closely matched.
The event was hailed a great success, made all the more enjoyable by the wonderful food and catering of Debbie Jones, Alison Henstridge and Janee Foster.
Anyone who would like to learn about the Club’s growing TASAR fleet and Class organisation can contact:
Steve Foster on 01847 895959 or email@example.com