Aberdeen & Stonehaven Yacht Club Regatta 2014

Aberdeen And Stonehaven Regatta took place this weekend with Rona Rose taking this picture
Aberdeen And Stonehaven Regatta took place this weekend with Rona Rose taking this picture

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:

Laser Standard

1st Calum Tait Loch Earn SC

2nd Iain McLaughlan Largs SC

3rd Peter Malcolm Largo Bay SC

Laser Radial

1st Lewis Smith Royal Forth YC

2nd Ian Fitzgerald Port Edgar YC

3rd Tom Graham Craignish BC

RS200

1st Robbie Wilfred Burns Vicki Simpson Largs SC

2nd Allan Lennox Amy Lennox Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC

3rd Chris Perry Kirsty Lytton Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC

Scottish Skiffs

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

Blaze

1st Francis Neill Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC

2nd Steve Porteous Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC

3rd John Deacon Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC

General Handical

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