Ayyyye..... (waves zimmer frame furiously) It was 20 years ago today (near enough) that Chas went as a pretty much novice racer, with Anne and two friends, on his first Rover Series (as it was then) in a Trapper 28 in Class 7. It is good therefore that there is this year,in Class 7, another Trapper 28. So go Redwing.
That first overnight from Gourock was really an occasion for someone who had never really sailed any distance at night before. I remember we had to sail round Pladda and go up the Kilbrannon Sound. There were hours and hours spent drifting back and forwards on the tide off Pirnmill or thereabouts. Then there was another parking lot off Skipness before the final squirt across to Tarbert. And we lived aboard throughout. Happy days.
You know, given the effort that has gone in to promoting the one off round the island race as part of BDSS, why not include an overnight from Gourock too, maybe as a 'cruiser class' and strictly for the CYCA punters to add to the attraction? As far as I can remember it was mainly the very numerous and then-influential Sigma 33 fleet who objected to that race, mainly because they couldn't keep their close formation sailing going in the dark - and that wasn't the spirit of One Design (or something). I think killing the overnight at that time was the right decision. However.....
I hope the upcoming is a great event and I might be back sometime in the future. But meantime IRC is too tough/expensive and the CYCA anomalies are too annoying and the toilets are still revolting etc etc.
I see there is a Dragon entered in CYCA 7 - we took a Dragon up to Scottish a few years ago and won every race in CYCA - so they may be ones to watch. Mind you it was pretty breezy that year so the... more
It wasn't like that in my day! Tomatin ( a foul whisky that was handy for stripping gelcoat through to the engine mounts)150 mile feeder race to Belfast Loch and back via Ailsa Craig, kids today?... more
The classes for the CYCA's look as good as any in a fair few years. Gotta give the CCC an evil side though - pitting an RS Elite with a Benny 47.7 (balls of steel time!) I can see an overall possibly ... more
I think you are correct, the overall winner will not come from the sb20 class. For a class to win the badge, it needs to compete every day. Anyway, they are way too cool to care and will probably be... more
The sportsboats have always had 3 races a day, as did the One Designs that used to share the same course so nothing new there. So that would be 12 races. A class that only participates in 3/4 of... more
What class are you racing in Anon?? They should award the overall to that class because it obviously contains the best and most knowledgeable sailors... P-) Who cares what boats gets the overall... more
Setting aside all the amusing sniping about SB20s. The sportboat (& small boat (=Sonata)) entry has imploded this year. Refugees washing up in CYCA 6/7 which probably won't do them any favours. Why... more
Total collapse often preceded by partial collapse...... I think your average sonata owner (speaking as one who cant afford to get his boat in the water never mind get it to Scottish Series)probably... more