Kipp­ford week com­peti­tors set sail

Time to take the Chal­lenge

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

Al­most as soon as the se­ri­ous rac­ing, fun and games of the Sol­wayYacht Club’s Cade­tWeek had ended, fol­lowed by the 60th an­niver­sary boat pageant, it was straight into this year’s Kipp­ford Sailing Week.

With many ex­pe­ri­enced, com­pet­i­tive sailors ar­riv­ing from all round the UK, one even ar­riv­ing from the Caribbean, to join the home fleet, com­pe­ti­tion got un­der way.

This year there were two shorter races each day for the in­shore hand­i­cap (HCP) fleets.

The larger off­shore cruis­ing yachts were start­ing and fin­ish­ing most of their races from the start­ing hut, sailing out into the Sol­way on one long race each day, max­imis­ing their race length and coin­ci­den­tally giv­ing spec­ta­tors ashore a much bet­ter view. An­other first for Kipp­ford were two Chal­lenger tri­marans en­tries, boats de­signed specif­i­cally for dis­abled sailors.

Days one and two were blessed with favourable weather con­di­tions and with ex­cel­lent cour­ses set in the Sol­way and around the Urr es­tu­ary by the very ca­pa­ble hands of prin­ci­pal race of­fi­cer Lind­say Tosh and his team.

Day three, Wed­nes­day, dawned with gale warn­ings com­bined with heavy rain. De­spite this, most com­peti­tors turned out on time, rerig­ging boats with storm sails and pre­par­ing for a bat­ter­ing.

With ris­ing winds and in­creas­ingly anx­ious support teams, the PRO re­luc­tantly but wisely can­celled all dinghy rac­ing, leav­ing only a hand­ful of the larger cruis­ers tak­ing on the el­e­ments.

De­spite this, sev­eral of the ex­pe­ri­enced dinghy rac­ers launched for some se­ri­ous heavy weather sail train­ing.

With only four cruis­ers fin­ish­ing, it was David Hen­der­son in Tara who took the hon­ours. The evening bar­be­cue be­came an in­door event but was fol­lowed by an amaz­ing pre­sen­ta­tion by John “Jock” Wishart, once the SYC cadet cap­tain but now a long ex­pe­ri­enced ex­pe­di­tion leader, who gave a fan­tas­tic stim­u­lat­ing talk on his voy­age, row­ing with his crew of five oth­ers to the North Mag­netic Pole, only pos­si­ble now be­cause of global warm­ing and the re­treat­ing Arc­tic sea ice.

Day four, Thurs­day, and back to more good weather and fine sailing. By Fri­day it was even bet­ter and with glo­ri­ous sun­shine, blue skies, sparkling sea and a fresh breeze. This was “cham­pagne sailing” out in the Sol­way.

Sails full and strain­ing at the rig­ging, boats surg­ing through the waves, spray fly­ing, cool­ing the hard work­ing crews and great com­pe­ti­tion.

As the week ended, it was par­tic­u­larly good to see both the Chal­lenger tri­marans qual­ify over­all in the re­sults. Steve Lay­cock and Stephen Bate and their shore helpers were great ad­di­tions to the reg­u­lars at Kipp­ford Week.

The Sailing Chal­lengers are suit­able for able-bod­ied folk as well as dis­abled sailors. The sin­gle handed tri-maran is sailed from a for­ward fac­ing sit­ting po­si­tion (but can also be sailed with a “buddy” helper) and with only one sail it’s easy to learn how to sail.

Steve from Loch Ken and Stephen from An­nan­dale were made ex­tremely wel­come and would like to thank Sol­way Yacht Club for invit­ing them along. Chal­lengers had not sailed at Kipp­ford be­fore and there were many pos­i­tive com­ments from cadets and sea­soned sailors.

The ex­pe­ri­ence of sailing in mul­ti­ple classes and mul­ti­ple races was a huge learn­ing curve but one well worth the effort with the long cour­ses pro­vid­ing a great chance to hone sailing skills.

Over­all winners were David Hen­der­son and his crew from Sol­way YC aboard Tara in the Cruiser class, Scott Train and Ann Stu­art in the Fly­ing Fif­teens also Sol­way YC, Neil Towart and Claire Sharpe from Holy Loch, HCP 1 (fast) class, Ian and Ni­cola Holden from Scal­ing Dam in York­shire HCP 2, and SYC’s Emily Big­gar in HCP3. Prizes were pre­sented by Jock Wishart to wor­thy winners be­fore a great party fol­lowed with sup­per and danc­ing into the late evening. Kipp­ford Re­gatta Race:

Satur­day and it was Kipp­ford RNLI Re­gatta Day, with funds raised go­ing to the lo­cal lifeboat. One long race was planned off­shore for all classes but the “cham­pagne sailing” had given way to threat­en­ing over­cast skies and gear break­ing winds, so apart from the cruis­ers, races were held in the com­par­a­tive shel­ter of the bay. De­spite this, one boat broke her mast be­fore reach­ing the start and with other break­ages and many re­tire­ments, it was a credit just to fin­ish.

Re­sults were sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent from Kipp­ford Week with only David Hen­der­son re­peat­ing his pre­vi­ous win. The Fly­ing Fif­teens were won by Sol­way’s Colin Filer and his crew Jamie Gas­goigne. HCP1 was won by Peter Nel­son from Nor­wich and his “won­der-crew” Ni­cola Holden, who’d just jumped ship from her dad Ian’s pre­vi­ous HCP2 win­ning GP14 and now saw dad de­moted into sec­ond with his stand-in crew as the SYC’s Rhys Wil­liams pow­ered over the line in his Laser, well ahead.

HCP3 win­ner was SYC’s young Sally Mackay with her dad Hamish as crew in their Mir­ror dinghy. Prizes were pre­sented by Gareth Jones, the lo­cal RNLI op­er­a­tions man­ager, but with many gear fail­ures it was no sur­prise to see an­other young cadet, Do­minic Col­beck, still clutch­ing his bro­ken Mir­ror cen­tre­board when col­lect­ing his well-earned fifth place in the HCP3s! It’s al­most time for the Hardrock Chal­lenge again.

The much an­tic­i­pated duathlon takes place in Dal­beat­tie For­est each au­tumn – this year on the week­end of Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 1 and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 2.

Or­gan­iser Stu­art Mac­in­tosh said: “The clos­ing date for se­nior en­tries is Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 28. No en­tries af­ter this date.

“Start­ing time is 11am for both days so please reg­is­ter in plenty of time and cer­tainly by 10.30am on the Sun­day.

“As usual en­try can be an in­di­vid­ual or team and the price is the same as the last few years, so is good value for the en­try charge.”

It’s a duathlon over the marathon dis­tance of 26 miles and is con­tained within the for­est. The event con­sists of a 10 mile run of which eight miles are on good for­est road and the re­main­der on wood­land track.

This is fol­lowed by a 16-mile bike run over the 7Stanes red route, of which 10 miles are on for­est road and six miles on rough and steep sin­gle moun­tain bike track. The route is hilly in places with a height gain of 700 feet on the run and 1000 feet on the bike.

The for­est is var­ied in na­ture with great view­points. The event starts, changes from foot to bike and fin­ishes at the Ri­chorn Trail­head 7Stanes Car Park.

More more in­for­ma­tion check out www. dal­beat­tiehardroc­kchal­

Fam­ily af­fair Robert Mor­row from Kirkcud­bright com­pleted the Lake­land 100 Robert is pic­tured with son Lewis, who com­pleted the Lake­land one-mile race.

Win­ner Sol­way YC’s own Rhys Wil­liams pow­ers his way to vic­tory in the HCP2 class dur­ing the Kipp­ford Re­gatta Race

At the ready Crowded start line action dur­ing the off at one of the Hand­i­cap 2 class races dur­ing Kipp­ford Week

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