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Brian Finnie - an Obituary

It is with much sadness that we have to report the death of Brian Finnie, who was a much-respected member of Forfar Sailing Club for many years, and a skilled Secretary for quite a number of them.

Brian had graduated in Electrical Engineering from Manchester University, gained a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, and worked for various companies as a Design and Development Engineer, including in the Far East. As well as taking up sailing at university, he was also a glider pilot, and, being the meticulous person he was, seemed to have put much thought and research into his dinghy-sailing. But he was also keen to help novice sailors with hints and tips which would later prove useful to them for racing. He one year organised and ran a short training course for Club sailors on Thursday evenings, getting the sailors to practise certain manoeuvres. He was also a member of Tummel SC and, briefly, Loch Earn SC.

In Committee, he was the archetypal Secretary, at the Commodore's elbow, prodding him with advice on procedure, legal facts, and general information, all helped no doubt by his sharp mind and accurate memory. His advice was always reliable. He was also Secretary of TYCA for a number of years, and was their Webmaster as well as ours.

Brian's preferred boat was the Europe, of which he kept at least two operating examples. He was the Europe class Webmaster and on its national committee as Scottish rep. He was also for a time on the RYA Scotland Dinghy Committee. Two or three years ago he was diagnosed with serious illness, which put paid to his sailing. (It was typical of him that he donated all his sailing clothing and paraphernalia to the Club.) And further incurable illness set in, just as he was making progress with the previous one.

Brian left a positive mark. To this day, Forfar SC benefits directly from some of his previous work. For good reason he was not someone to be easily forgotten.

Brian is survived by his wife Margaret, who was also a good friend to the Club, assisting at Club events and providing quality baking. Our thoughts are with her and their family.

Endurance Race - Saturday 3 Sep 2016

Forfar Sailing Club held its annual Endurance Race on the Loch on Saturday, launching a Wayfarer and a GP14 to defend the trophy against a Dundee Sailing Club Wayfarer. Each boat had its own team of crew members, sailing in shifts, and the (basically) WSW light wind provided the usual challenges found at the Loch, i.e. constant wind-shifts. Also present to confound sailors was a fair amount of floating weed, which would catch the unwary (usually from Dundee) by wrapping itself round rudders and centreboards.

Forfar and Dundee cadets also provided a side-show by demonstrating sailing and capsize- recovery skills with Forfar Toppers, to the amusement of the barbeque audience. In the end, after seven hours and after positions had switched a few times, the Forfar Wayfarer prevailed, with the Dundee Wayfarer second and the Forfar GP14 third.

Tony Walker, Forfar SC Commodore, thanked the Dundee sailors for their participation and invited them to return next year. He also thanked all the Forfar members and associates for their good work in making the day such a success.the positions were:


1st Forfar Wayfarer
2nd Dundee Wayfarer
3rd Forfar GP14

Race start Irwin Oosterhoorn (left) accepting trophy from Commodore Tony Walker The competitors (click photo to enlarge)

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 [1] 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).

Weather Forecast

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 [2]

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

Photo Gallery

A collection of sailing photos from around the world can be viewed here.

Club Documents

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

More club videos

More exhilarating sailing videos

Some training videos

Club News

Frostbite 1:2 Slideshow

Above is a slideshow of the Frostbite Series 1:2 held on Sunday 12 September 2010. Photo courtesy of

50th Anniversary Prize Giving

Founding members and new members at an historic club gathering.

Notable Members

Some of our most notable members