Not all plain sailing!

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The second Tuesday evening race of the season featured a strong westerly wind (Force 4­ - 5) and a limited number of willing competitors.

After some discussion, the race was briefly delayed to allow Malcolm Heron to switch his Laser to a Radial sail and for Jim Green to reef his Wayfarer and welcome an additional crew member Susie Sturrock. The wind abated to allow a good start with Malcolm getting clean away. At times,the Wayfarer was struggling to windward and, with the course favouring the Laser, Malcolm duly overtook Jim and pressed on. Both craft failed to hear the finish ‘hooter’ and did an extra lap in strengthening conditions. 1, Malcolm Heron (Laser Radial); 2, Jim Green (Wayfarer).

Thursday evening Pursuit Races at Forfar Sailing Club are generally set and timed by the participating sailors, and usually go smoothly. Not so last Thursday, when six boats enjoyed much confusion on the water, with starts mis­timed and multiple marks missed! It was however a lovely evening for sailing, and the outcome was as follows: 1, D. Sturrock (Laser), 2, M. Heron (Laser), 3, A. Cairns (Laser); 4, J. Green, (Wayfarer), 5, D. Burgin (Solution), 6, D. Smith (Firefly).

On Saturday, Forfar Sailing Club, Angus Canoe Club and Tayside Radio Sailing Club shared a stall at the Forfar Farmers Market to publicise their activities. They gave out leaflets and spoke to members of the public about the clubs’ joint open days at Forfar Loch on May 3 and 17, which start at 10 a.m. It will be possible to try a sail or paddle around the loch, or to take the controls of one of the model sailing boats. Those intending to venture on to the water should bring waterproof clothing, soft­soled shoes and a change of clothes. For more details see: http://forfarsailingclub.org.uk/ or http://www.anguscanoeclub.org.uk/