Heron sails to three big race wins

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Malcolm Heron dominated proceedings at Forfar Sailing Club this past week, bagging emphatic victories in all three

Heron, in his trusty Laser, established a resounding lead in Tuesday’s handicap racing which he was able to hold on to for the first of his

Tony Walker (Solo), Jim Green (Solo) and Murray Hadden (Laser) closed out the top four with Sally Heron (Solo), Becci Oosterhoorn (club Laser) and David Smith (Firefly) finishing fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Sunday’s races were characterised by a shifty breeze from the north, which caused problems not only for the sailors but also for the race officer who had to choose appropriate courses for the races.

The first race saw Malcolm take off from the others to a westerly first mark in his trusty Laser, followed by Becci Oosterhoorn (Enterprise, crew son Eoghan) and Murray Hadden (Laser).

Then followed Graeme Knox (Laser), Craig Knox (Laser), Dennis Burgin (Solution), David Smith (Enterprise, crew Ross Bowman) and Angus Beyts (Moth).

Malcolm kept his lead throughout the race in spite of quiet wind slowing him severely near the lee shore in the last lap.

Other incidents (grounding in shallows, collisions, marks missed) might have been expected to alter final placings, but in fact had little

The final result was Malcolm 1st, Graeme a close 2nd, Murray 3rd, Becci 4th, David 5th, Craig 6th, Dennis 7th and Angus

A totally different course was set for the second race, which saw all four Lasers lead the fleet on the first lap, the others following in close formation.

Dennis struggled to keep in touch going upwind and slowly fell behind during the race.

Angus had trouble controlling his powerful Moth – on paper the fastest boat in the club – and retired after the first lap.

Malcolm again dominated the race, finishing first well ahead of Graeme in second place.

Murray came third after tussling for a while with Craig, who later finished a disappointing sixth.

Becci was fourth and David just pipped Craig for fifth, in spite of pausing to retrieve an errant jib-stick which had jumped ship.

Dennis was seventh and Angus again eighth.

The club is to hold another Open Day this Saturday as part of the RYA’s national ‘Push the Boat out’ weekend.

Members of the public who would like a flavour of dinghy-sailing are invited to come along to the Clubhouse on the loch, wearing older clothes and shoes they wouldn’t mind getting wet.

Experienced sailors will be on hand to take them on the water, and buoyancy aids will be

Children under 16 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult, and the event is subject to weather conditions.