20/05/2019

2019 Spring Muster - Aquaholic Clean Sweep

The auguries on Friday evening did not look promising.  Would we have a race at all? Which route to Tarbert should it take. By 10am in Rothesay Bay the answer was clear. There was enough wind to start the race and get us up the east Kyle, at least for a bit.  Six yachts were eventually gathered, the fifth being Katya demonstrating Stewart's customary insouciance, arriving just a few minutes before the start and the sixth being Troikka, the committee boat also to race after a pre-determined delay.

 Graham Gillies and Jane Hinshalwood get Silverjack on the case. 

 Pondskater also readies herself

  Seamus Lalor on Emma Louise absolutely nails the start with Aquaholic well behind

Carrying on round Ardyne and into the Kyles the breeze was fickle but good progress was to be be had for those who spotted the best patches. I don't expect Emma Louise ever expected in later life to have outsize pendulous danglies hanging from her rear end but Seamus seems quite happy about them.



 Here Katya heads close inshore with Troikka following even closer such was the steely determination of Marcus on the helm.

There was some close tacking between the three class 2 boats entering the Burnt Isle but as usual once through, the usual parking lot was in operation and it was a slow drift toward the shortened course finish line at Rhuba Bhan.  Pondskater had been left well behind but turned the corner bringing a good breeze up with her for an astonishing comeback.
After that it was engines on for Tarbert where the Commodore was able to fully immerse himself in welcoming the arrivals.  At the drinks party in the marquee (for the Scottish Series to follow the next weekend) Don noted the conspicuous absence of the recently departed and much missed Neil MacDougall and once the results had been read out and the fizz consumed it was on to the the busy Starfish restaurant.



Next morning there was again little prospect of wind but Don and Marge on Black Pepper set a line and the Ladies were off at 10am.


Troikka from the off managed to pull out a striking lead on Katya and Aquaholic on the west shore while the Class 3 boats seemed to opt for the east. Eventually Troikka's breeze petered out and she attempted to cross to the east side but became becalmed just like Aquaholic and Katya on the west . However the gamble did not pay off as the breeze filled in on the west side and Katya romped across to finish first at the shortened course finish line at Ardlamont with Troikka managing to pull back just a little in front of Aquaholic.

Caroline Hutchinson steers Aquaholic across the finish line at Ardlamont

The class 3 boats unfortunately being by now so far behind decided to retire so it was ineveitable that once the handicap came into play it was Caroline Hutchinson who retains the Ladies trophy with Catherine Toy 2nd and Anne Sutherland 3rd

Saturday Results:


Sunday
Ladies Results

As ever, more photos and comments are welcome.

Next event is the muster at Portavadie on 13/14th June



13/05/2019

Spring Muster


The Serpent season begins as usual with the Spring Muster. This year those racing to the muster will find the start in Rothesay Bay off the Isle of Bute sailing club at 10am. Hopefully Troikka will be on station as committee vessel.  The course may be either anticlockwise through the Kyles or clockwise around Garroch head but either way the Rothesay start should allow a little more time for socialising in Tarbert.  Those merely cruising can make their own choice.
As in previous years there will be a 'pontoon party' probably around a gazebo somewhere up near where the toilets used to be. Additionally we will be able to  experience the new shower and toilet block. However before that it will be necessary to make our way around to the Starfish Restaurant where the usual style of repast will be provided and the race results announced. 
Next morning, conditions permitting, there will be the Ladies Race, also assuming that a sufficient number of that gender have been coerced into taking the helm.  The weather is expected to be brilliant. 
      

17/01/2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

The AGM is to be held in the Hamilton Ice Rink on Tuesday 12th February. Tea/coffee available from 7pm with the meeting to start at 7.30.  Following completion of the business Dugald Glen is to give a presentation on his and Val's World ARC circumnavigation on Tulla Mhor.

04/11/2018

Toys Rescued in Dramatic Blaze

A group of nine British tourists have escaped their burning yacht after a bolt of lightning ripped through the vessel. The four married couples and one other woman were on board the 50ft chartered catamaran off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Police said they cowered below deck as deadly seas rocked the vessel and thunder sounded overhead.

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A group of nine British tourists have escaped their burning yacht after a bolt of lightning ripped through the vessel. The four married couples and one other woman were on board the 50ft chartered catamaran off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Police said they cowered below deck as deadly seas rocked the vessel and thunder sounded overhead.

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A group of nine British tourists have escaped their burning yacht after a bolt of lightning ripped through the vessel. The four married couples and one other woman were on board the 50ft chartered catamaran off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Police said they cowered below deck as deadly seas rocked the vessel and thunder sounded overhead.

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A group of nine British tourists have escaped their burning yacht after a bolt of lightning ripped through the vessel. The four married couples and one other woman were on board the 50ft chartered catamaran off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Police said they cowered below deck as deadly seas rocked the vessel and thunder sounded overhead.

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A lightning bolt then ripped down from the sky and shattered the boat. Flames ripped through the vessel named Emmjay as a passing fishing boat raced to help the stricken crew and holidaymakers.

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A group of nine British tourists have escaped their burning yacht after a bolt of lightning ripped through the vessel. The four married couples and one other woman were on board the 50ft chartered catamaran off the coast of Phuket, Thailand, when they were caught in storms at 4:30pm on Saturday afternoon. Police said they cowered below deck as deadly seas rocked the vessel and thunder sounded overhead.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/04/british-tourists-escape-flames-after-lightning-bolt-ripped-through-boat-8104055/?ito=cbshare
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BANGKOK, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- A yacht caught fire and sank on Saturday in southern Thailand's Phuket, with all nine passengers rescued.
The accident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. local time on the northeast coast of the famous seaside destination Phuket.
The luxury yacht with nine foreign tourists on board was struck by lightning in heavy downpour before it was engulfed in flames. Fortunately, all the passengers were rescued by fishing boats, reports said. The catamaran was completely destroyed.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Deputy Phuket governor and officials from concerned agencies rushed to the spot to inspect the wreckage.
Boat accidents are frequent in the famed southern tourist destination. Phuket has been tightening its tourist safety and security measures to restore tourist confidence.

Police said that the crew cowered below as the storm raged overhead. The lightning strike started fire and the 50 ft cruiser was burnt to the waterline.  We hear that all the 9 crew  had to jump over the side and were rescued by fishermen. All are safe.  They only have what they jumped into the sea with.  With Catherine and Stewart are Kevin and Susan Atkinson, Bill and Lilias Tennant, Anne & Martin Anderson and Margaret Hamilton. 


Thankfully they are all ok and we are relieved that contrary to reports they were on a monohull and not a catamaran. .

17/10/2018

Annual Dinner

The Serpent Yacht Club Annual Dinner will be held once again in the Glasgow Art Club on Saturday 1st December.  Note the date and further information will follow.


08/10/2018

'Frostbite Race' 6th October 2018



It was certainly a chilly morning in Largs Marina for the Frostbite. All 6 entries turned out with Solus just making the line following battery issues.  





Given the conditions, Seamus as Race Officer on Emma Louise wisely opted for the simple Round Great Cumbrae course.  With no wind it was a drifting start and by 20 minutes into the race little progress had been made.   



The first leg was mainly spent catching whispers of available wind and watching some interesting tactics.   Pondskater for example was observed hiding behind Hunterston jetty, presumably executing some cunning plan - or escaping from the French Brigantine which was cruising the channel during the day looking for action.



Eventually the wind started to fill as the fleet approached Hun 9.  Aquaholic, Solus and Katya took full advantage, led the way and split the fleet in two.  With the wind rising and shifting, the fleet tacked through the Cumbraes Pass and was rewarded with a stiff reaching breeze on the west side of Cumbrae and a fast gull wing dash to the finish where care was needed to avoid mowing down the Topper dinghy racing fleet.  It was an exciting end to the race season in fine conditions - and the results on corrected time are as follows.

1 EMMA LOUISE          2 HOURS 35 MINUTES
2 AQUAHOLIC.             2 HOURS 40 MINUTES
3 SOLUS.                        2 HOURS  44 MINUTES
4 CAMUS BOSTA          2 HOURS 45 MINUTES
5 PONDSKATER            2 HOURS 46 MINUTES
6 KATYA                         2 HOURS 47 MINUTES


10/09/2018

Autumn Muster - No rewards for the quitters

All of the preceding week it hadn't looked very good for sailing on Saturday 8th September and when the day finally arrived the predictions were confirmed. With a poor entry of only four boats racing it hardly seemed worth the bother but there was just enough of a zephyr off Kip to allow Stewart Toy on Katya to select a shortened course start, missing out the first mark.  Both Aquaholic and Troikka can manage in these conditions and both made a clean getaway towards Dunoon Bank but Camus Bosta struggled to clear Kip and Katya, 10 minutes later were hardly up to speed either.  Troikka reached Mark One first, dodging the patches of still air but finally became completely becalmed somewhere not far east of Cloch and began drifting backwards in the tide.  With mist coming down there seemed little prospect of any improvement and there was a unanimous vote on board for retiring.  The photo below shows the scene in the Holy Loch where the Polaris regatta was running with little action for the Piper classic dayboat class.
 Katya, further back needed little encouragement to follow suit but Tom and Neil are made of sterner stuff and stuck it out for several hours while the other two were safely tied up in Holy Loch marina where eventually it became apparent that the sun was coming out and a sailing breeze was developing.  Black Pepper, Sulaire and Solus cruised in and all the pontoon socialising began in earnest but it was late in the afternoon before Aquaholic and Camus Bosta finally arrived having finished the course within the time limit and of course placing a very commendable first in Classes 2 & 3 respectively.
 A convivial evening followed in the Cantina restaurant in Dunoon despite the rather disappointing food quality and there were some late nights on board back at the marina. Next morning completed  the traditional feast or famine scenario for the Polaris weekend with SW wind building to the high 20s giving quite a boisterous sail home.  Maybe pick a different weekend next year.