24 visiting boats swelled the local fleets to provide 2 days of competitive sailing during the Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club annual regatta, sponsored by The Bay Fish and Chips, with support from Aberdeenshire Council.
The event being part of the Scottish Laser, RS200 and Skiff traveller series.
The wind on the Saturday brought some testing conditions, with the wind gusting up to force 5 and varying in direction due to coming off the shore in Stonehaven Bay. 3 races were managed to be held for the 6 fleets, despite some confusion when the committee boat dragged its anchor midway through the 2nd race. Having survived the tricky conditions, all the sailors returned ashore, and welcomed the traditional evening BBQ and refreshments.
Sunday dawned with a lighter northerly wind which was also intent on flickering around causing some issues for the race committee. The 4th race being affected by a 45 degree windshift during the finishing procedure. Race 5 was abandoned shortly after the start, this time after a 90 degree shift, with most boats reaching from the start to the windward mark. Fortunately the wind settled down, with a steady force 3 coming in from the south. Allied with a south tide, it made for a few mistakes on the start line, especially amongst the ever keen Laser Radial fleet.
Following 5 races the final results were:
1st Calum Tait Loch Earn SC
2nd Iain McLaughlan Largs SC
3rd Peter Malcolm Largo Bay SC
1st Lewis Smith Royal Forth YC
2nd Ian Fitzgerald Port Edgar YC
3rd Tom Graham Craignish BC
1st Robbie Wilfred Burns Vicki Simpson Largs SC
2nd Allan Lennox Amy Lennox Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3rd Chris Perry Kirsty Lytton Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
1st 29er Lindsay Johnstone Fraser Kitson Jones Largs SC
2nd Musto Skiff Mark Goalen Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3rd Laser 4000 Robyn Phillips Alistair Mackay Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
1st Francis Neill Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
2nd Steve Porteous Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3rd John Deacon Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
1st Fireball Merv New Alan Fraser Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
2nd Finn John Colegrave Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3rd Albacore Gordon Scott Brian Inglis Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC