3 Aug 2014
|| Euan Oosterhoorn
Sailing returned to Forfar Loch this Sunday after a two week interruption caused by the theft of the outboard motor from the safety boat.
The club now has another engine fitted which has immobilisation which means it cannot be used by anyone else without getting the engine manufacturer to reprogram the electronics. It also has a large dent in club funds which means plans to upgrade and replace club boats will have to be shelved for a year or two - since these are largely used by new members and for open days and training it is a significant blow to the clubs development plans and the clubs ability to introduce sailing to the general public.
Hard work by the club members meant that we had the safety boat back in commission for the Cadet Regatta on Sunday.
The wind was a brisk southerly which always proves challenging with the wind swirling round the trees before reaching the loch giving very shifty conditions.
Five cadets took part in three races with two races counting to their final score.
After an afternoon of close racing, with several capsizes and some gear breakages giving the safety boat some work to do, Cait Adams won with two first places, Ian Bowman came second with one first and one second place and Euan Oosterhoorn came third with two third places - this despite forgetting to put a bung in his boat for the first race which meant that he spent the whole race slowly sinking.
All the competitors had a great time and the racing (and capsizes) kept the safety boat and the people on the shore entertained.