The annual Port Edgar Dinghy Regatta was held on 7 May 2017. It was supported by 9 RS200s and 4 boats from the club in the handicap class. The wind built from nothing at 1030 to about 12 knots for raing after a short postponement. after 4 races the winners were Ronald Millar’s RS200 and Steve Knowles’ Laser Radial.
With the last training day ‘weather’ cancelled, we were keen to for this one to go ahead. It did come down to the wire though, with some heavy winds being forecast, but in the end the 4 dinghies had good, even F2/3 winds in Queensferry Bay. Ali Morrish took us through dingy starting techniques on hovering, line bias, countdown, along with the effects of tide and wind. There was a lot to think about but we got lots of chances to practice and feedback between Continue reading →
This week was a first as a dinghy joined the raceQs craze ! The dreich conditions were also a first for the year and the wind didn’t follow the forecast as it died as the evening went on. The start line was set square but the boats at the stbd end seemed appeared to be favoured as Hardslog, Henceforth and Moonstruck took it in turn to tack onto port and led the fleet west towards T. There did not seem much tide advantage as Moonstruck Continue reading →
The theme of the training is anything to do with race starts. It’ll cover manoeuvres to get the dinghies in the right position at the right time to get a great start. Some example manoeuvres include hovering, accelerating, timing and distance, tacking on the spot, lane holding, double tacks etc. We’ll also have practice starts so we can use the manoeuvres we’ve learnt with other dinghies vying for position. The day is aimed for anyone who is new to racing or wants to improve their race starts. Each Continue reading →
All Yesterday was the first dinghy training of the year with Ali. The forecast was for F3 gusting 4 NW and was delivered. The first part of the morning was spent looking at the controls of the dinghies and they affected the sails. I never knew the laser had such a flexible mast!!! Then we headed out into the marina area practising tacks and gybes. it was very challenging as the wind was gusting and swirling especially nearer the breakwater. All of us had near Continue reading →
The yacht fleet and the dinghy fleet have 54 starts a piece so far this season. I wonder where they will end up ?
Jonathan Hanson has arranged 4 race training days for dinghy sailors . The training is for anyone who wants to improve, so for example if you want to gybe without capsizing or roll gybe or if you goal is to get a reasonable start or be on the line at full speed in the best place as the horn sounds this could be for you. The weather dictates the details of the training but each day will have a theme. If the strong or light, gusty Continue reading →
SI amendment #15-1
There are a couple of places available for dinghy race training on Sunday 20th July for anyone interested. Cost £10 plus cost of dinghy hire if needed.
Back in February, at our AGM, we grappled with two major replacement issues – the Committee boat and the clubhouse. One of the decisions was to hold an EGM in May. But the world moved on and, as you know, the Committee boat issue was resolved back in March. The work on exploring the possibilities around the new clubhouse has moved forward but we’re not at a stage where a formal EGM is needed. Therefore, the suggestion is that we hold three ‘workshops’ instead, on Continue reading →