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Castle Sample open meeting

October 11th & 12th 2014


The third and final of the Scottish N12 Travellers Series for the Lairwell Trophy was held at Castle Semple SC in the beautiful setting of Castle Semple Country Park at Lochwinnoch in Renfrewshire on the 11th and 12th October in predominantly sunny weather with as forecast generally very gentle winds.


A strong show of support from Cramond Boat Club near Edinburgh with three boats and five sailors in attendance was appreciated by the home club N12 sailors.


The first two races on Saturday established the running order in a fluctuating Force 1, occasionally reaching F2. Positions were established on the first beat with Angus Beyts and Piotr Wojtczuk (one of Cramond BC’s top helms) in N1833, a 1960 vintage Proctor Mk9 design showing superb boat speed rounding the windward mark in first and then sailing away from the fleet in both races. Ed Willett and Ania Basista in N3274, a Crusader 88 design posted two seconds. The fleet then came ashore for a superb afternoon tea before commencing the third race which started in a similar but perhaps patchier breeze. It initially seemed as if the same running order would appear at the windward mark, however after a tacking battle with Angus and Piotr, Ed and Ania were left behind leaving Alex Tulloch and Karolina Kolodziejczak in N3223 a Crusader design to chase Angus and Piotr up the first beat. However just as they approached the windward mark having chosen the right hand side of the course, local sailors Crawford Johnstone and Ross McGlennon in N2801, a Paper Dart design appeared from the left hand side of the beat and rounded the windward mark right on the transom of the vintage Mk9 and just ahead of Alex and Karolina. And that proved to be the running order at the finish with Angus and Piotr opening up a large advantage over Crawford and and Ross who were able to successfully defend their second place right to the end, with Alex and Karolina in third.


The Club laid on a ceilidh and barbeque on Saturday night that saw the hardier souls up into the wee small hours!
Sunday dawned with dense mist and complete calm however as the sun rose the loch gradually cleared and a gentle wind arrived. The fourth race started in the gentlest of winds, barely a F1, and completely smooth calm water. Building and maintaining momentum was going to be the key to success in this race. At the start Ed and Ania got away cleanly midway down the line and were able to tack onto port and cross the fleet who had been “jostling” for position at the Committee boat end of the line. In clean air Ed and Ania in the Crusader 88 sailed clear away from everyone else finishing nearly 10 minutes ahead of second place at the finish. The real racing was going on behind with Crawford and Ross in their Paper Dart showing great skill to hold off Angus Beyts in the vintage Mk9 (who was being crewed today by Castle Semple SC cadet Lewis Martin) all the way to the finish where they finished in close company in that order.

Castle semple

The winners


The wind looked as if it was going to die away completely but just in time sufficient breeze returned to enable race five to go ahead. This proved one of the most exciting….Ed and Ania looked to have the lead at the windward mark but had slightly understood the lay line and lost boatspeed trying to pinch up for the mark rounding allowing both Angus and Lewis and Crawford and Ross into the game and the three boats rounded in close company. The wind increased slightly and the vintage Mk9 pulled away into what should have been a commanding lead whilst Ed and Ania endeavoured to give chase and simultaneously keep ahead of Crawford and Ross whose Paper Dart design was going very quickly in the conditions. However the wind died away again and in drifting conditions similar to race 4 the Crusader 88 began to steadily haul in the Mk9…..however the OOD shortened the course, finishing the two boats at the next mark. With the wind appearing to have died completely race 6 was not sailed and the overall decided on the basis of five races with one discard.


All in all a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of sailing and the National 12 Class gratefully thanks Castle Semple SC and OOD Duncan Elder for a very well run, friendly event with superb catering.

Overall Results

Position

Sail Number

Boat Name

Boat Design

Helm

Crew

Club

Points

1st

N1833

Water Nymph

Proctor Mk9

Angus Beyts

Piotr Wojtczuk/Lewis Martin

Forfar SC

4

2nd

N3274

Mr Incredible

Crusader 88

Ed Willett

Ania Basista

Cramond BC

7

3rd

N2801

Solitude

Paper Dart

Crawford Johnstone

Ross McGlennon

Castle Semple SC

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This event marked the conclusion of the N12 Scottish Travelllers series for the Lairwell Trophy; a trophy originally presented by the sailors of Perth SC in 1972. This years series was competed for at events scheduled at Cramond Boat Club, Solway yacht Club and Castle Semple SC. With Cramond unfortunately being blown off the series concluded with the results of just Solway and Castle Semple.

Lairwell Trophy Results 2014

Position

Sail Number

Boat Name

Boat Design

Helm

Crew

Club

Points

1st

N3274

Mr Incredible

Crusader 88

Ed Willett

Sarah Smith/Ania Basista

Cramond BC

7

2nd

N3223

China Crisis

Crusader

Alex Tulloch

Dewi Williams/ Karolina Kolodziejczak

Cramond BC

10

3rd

N1833/N2153

Water Nymph/

Reflection

Proctor Mk9/

Sparklet

Angus Beyts

Ian Murgatroyd/Piotr Wotjczuk/Lewis Martin

Forfar SC

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