2011 Results

Royal West of Scotland ABC 18th-19th June

Entries gathered from as far as Scaling Dam SC, Windsford Flash SC and Invergordon in the far North of Scotland, unfortunately the weather was not so forthcoming and the first start was delayed for an hour, when racing did eventually start, what wind there was swung through 180 degrees and back again creating a great deal of confusion, and at the end of the last beat some boats gybed three times on the final 50 yards up to the line...

Albacore Southern Championships 2011Over the weekend of June 11/12 Hamble River Sailing Club hosted a combined Albacore and Firefly Open. Hamble River has held a Firefly Open every year for over a decade (and on several occasions in the previous six decades) but it was the first time in living memory that the Albacore fleet had travelled to Hamble for a reunion of two classic Uffa Fox designs which were originally built at Hamble Point.

 

Hornsea Mere has been a home club for the Swordfish, the direct predecessor of the Albacore with an identical hull shape, but for the sheerline, so it was particularly rewarding to be accepted as the Inlands venue for this year, due in part from the low water level at Scaling Dam.

Invergordon Boating Club

The weekend of 21st and 22nd of May saw a first for Invergordon Boating club. With a growing home fleet Invergordon held their first Scottish Albacore travellers event. Sponsorship from CS Boats who specialise in fitting out Albacores allowed us to invite Michael McNamara to run a training day. 

Fifteen boats heard the forecast 20 gusting 41, but came anyway and the gusty northerly did not disappoint. Nick’s first Open with Liz on Hamish was heard to cry AAAARgh as they left the lee of the  beach.