31 May 2015
|| Craig Knox
The first race on Sunday was over before it had really started. In very windy conditions four boats were on the water but all had either capsized or retired before the start sequence was completed so the crews came ashore and planned how to get some sailing in, despite conditions being borderline unsailable.
With some rearrangement of crew a second race was sailed.
Dave Smith in his Firefly with Becci Oosterhoorn crewing and Craig Knox in his Laser with a reduced radial rig set off for a short race. Craig was reveling in the conditions until about 10 yards from the finish line when the wind picked up with a vengeance causing both he and David - somewhat further behind – to capsize. As the wind blasted down the Loch Craig capsized several times, getting further and further away from the finish but eventually he mastered the conditions and made it across the line to take first place.
Further down the Loch Dave and Becci were also experiencing multiple capsizes, the front buoyancy bag failed water flooded in making the boat very nose heavy. All attempts to continue sailing proved useless and they eventually retired.
While the conditions were more about survival than close racing everyone had managed to spend time on the water, had a fun day and left with a story or two to tell.