Sailing season launched with summer regatta

Largo Bay Sailing Club regatta
Largo Bay Sailing Club regatta

WATER enthusiasts set sail over the weekend in the annual Largo Bay Sailing Club summer regatta.

Competing classes included Standard Laser and Radial Laser, which was also their Scottish Championship; Laser 2000, RS200 and Skiff Scottish Travellers respectively.

The latter was largely composed of Musto Skiffs and foiling Moths, with the odd 49er, Cherub, Laser Vortex, and International 14, while a general handicap class included Solos, Europes and 420s.

Around 60 boats were greeted on Saturday morning by flat calm seas and calm air.

Racing was postponed but despite a long delay, the fleet’s patience paid off later with the chance to get in a single race late on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday was less frustrating for the sailors and saw the entire fleet take to the water.

At the start of the first race, there was a light breeze blowing from the south but, shortly into race, the wind dropped and the fleet drifted to complete a shortened course.

The second and third races saw the conditions improve, with the wind picking up to a gentle breeze and the sea state becoming more choppy.

The Scottish Laser Championship was dominated by Largo sailors Peter Malcolm and Kevan Gibb, taking first and second places respectively, with Largo’s Martin Gilfoyle in 10th.

The Scottish Skiff Traveller was dominated by Dalgety Bay sailors, Martin Wilkie and Iain McCafferty in an International 14, and Ian Renilson in a Musto Skiff, in first and second places respectively with Largo’s Alistair Reid performing well to take third.

The Laser 2000 Traveller was won by the well-travelled Iain and Sarah Yardley, from Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, with Largo’s Steve Wood and Coleman Clark finishing fifth.

Around 30 onshore and offshore club volunteers worked hard to ensure Largo hosted another well-run event, aided by race officer Jim Blyth, commodore Lauri Taylor, sailing secretary Kevan Gibb, and Graham Kerr, whose yacht served as the committee boat.