Forfar Sailing Club
Endurance Race 6 September 2014
Forfar Sailing Club's annual Endurance Race took place on Saturday. It is a 6-hour race between teams of people, who take turns in each team sailing a dinghy. Four boats took to the water: a Laser team (Malcolm Heron and Peter Tait), 2 Solo teams (Jim Green and Dennis Burgin in one craft, Tony Walker, Angus Beyts and Becci Oosterhoorn in the other), and a GP 14 crewed by 4 visiting sailors from Montrose Sailing Club.
The conditions were perfect with a good brisk westerly breeze (great for the sailors) and sunshine (great for those on shore waiting their turn). The race officer took advantage of the length of the race, and set a course that used almost all the marks on the Loch. This meant that some of the sailors visited parts of the loch for the first time, and added to the interest of the race (will my team mate remember the course? will I remember the course?). All 4 teams succeeded in their navigation and very little time was lost by teams going back to round missed buoys.
The early entertainment of the race was provided by Tony and Angus, when they succeeded in capsizing their Solo during their first changeover. They recovered quickly and stayed ahead of the other Solo team, who chose to do their changeovers at the Council jetty, out of sight of onlookers.
Later in the race the same team provided more entertainment when Becci (sailing a Solo for only the second time) was overcome by a gust and capsized in full view of the spectators. As she is a lightweight, she had difficulty righting the dinghy, and her intrepid team mate Angus leapt into the water to provide assistance. Between them they righted the Solo and Becci continued with her laps.
After 5 hours and 40 minutes of sunshine, the heavens opened and a downpour drenched the sailors on the water. This also reduced the wind strength. When the race officer sounded the signal for the end of the race, all 4 crews chose to come in, (as they were entitled to,) instead of completing the lap they were on. This proved to be a very sensible move as the rain stopped shortly after, and the Loch became as flat as a millpond, with no wind at all.
At the end of the 6 hours the Laser team had completed 15 laps, the 2 Solo teams 13 laps and the GP 14 11 laps.
After taking handicaps into account, on corrected time the Laser team won by a considerable margin, followed by the Solo team of Jim and Dennis, the Solo team of Tony, Angus and Becci in third, with the GP 14 team fourth.
A much-enjoyed barbecue took place after the race, in bright sunshine.
Sailing and Social Calendar
FSC offers support and encouragement to people of all levels, however there is a competitive element and ultimately it endears as a racing club. Most Sundays during the sailing season there are two races and most Tuesdays and Thursdays one race, each race lasting about 1hour depending on wind strength. Races are grouped in series with each usually completed over 6 or 7 days/evenings. Complete details of the club's 2013 racing, training and social events can be viewed in the club's sailing calendar or downloaded here.
The club has a mixed fleet, has both pursuit and average lap time racing using the Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) system of handicapping. Details of the system can be found at the RYA site here  The yardstick numbers allow different classes of boats to be raced against each other: the aim is to cancel out the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each class of boats, and provide a common time that represents the skill of the crew.
Each class of boat is assigned a PY number, with fast boats having low numbers and slow ones high numbers - so, for example, in the case of two dinghies, a Laser has a UK PY of 1087 while a Solo has a PY of 1148 (these are the actual PY numbers for 2013, but note that adjustments are made each year).
Although there are many weather forecasting site on the Internet the XCWeather site provides a detailed forecast for Dundee riverside which seems to be the nearest weather station to Forfar.
Rules of Sailing
The official documentation describing the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing can be found here 
Club Photo and Video Gallery
Here is a selection of photos from various club activities and events including four slideshows of the clubs 2012 opening regatta.
You can also find a selection of videos from various club activities here
A collection of sailing photos from around the world can be viewed here.
This section lists the important club documents that can be viewed with Adobe Reader.
Slideshow and Videos
Training Session 1 Sunday 30 June 2013
Training Session 2 Sunday 30 June 2013
Training Session 3 Sunday 30 June 2013
Peter Tait sailing the club's Laser 4.7
Frostbite 1:2 Slideshow
Above is a slideshow of the Frostbite Series 1:2 held on Sunday 12 September 2010. Photo courtesy of Pixeland.co.uk
50th Anniversary Prize Giving
Founding members and new members at an historic club gathering.
Some of our most notable members