Scene set for Tay Weekend

An easterly wind over Forfar Loch means it has blown through the town before reaching the water, and when light it produces typical quirks and foibles to test sailors.

Thus it was on Thursday evening as Alan Cairns and Jim Green set off on Forfar Sailing Club’s weekly pursuit race.

The breeze also carried continuous rhythm of seemingly other-worldly music from sideshows at a visiting fare at the Myre Park, as if trying to brighten up what was a pretty bleak evening.

Bleak it was for Alan in his Laser on his first outing of the season as he simply could not make up his time handicap on Jim, who seems to thrive with his Solo in light airs.

Fifty minutes proved more than long enough for the race as the already faint wind expired totally just as the boats came ashore.

The training weekend in mid-May was cut short by gale force winds.

Nevertheless, all but one trainee returned on June 2 to complete the course (the unfortunate individual had to work but will be given tuition at a later date).

Conditions were far more favourable and Commodore Jim Green and his team completed the training schedule for all participants.

The day ended with traditional capsize drill and the seemingly traditional sinking of the demonstration boat, this time caused by silliness rather than structural failure!

Virtually all the trainees have now joined the club and it is likely the loch will be a busier place over the summer.

Weekday racing continues as normal but as it is Tay Weekend on June 9 and 10 there is no local racing then.

However, a barbecue has been scheduled for Sunday at the clubhouse which also means anyone who wants to sail can take to the water.