Brian Cameron and John Hookway have kindly taken the time to describe a voyage they undertook aboard Brian's catamaran, "Sticky Paws" back in 2006.
Boat speed was maintained around 8-10 kts with a following sea and 3 reefs in Main and 30% genoa. The wind built after 12 hours to full gale with maintained wind speeds of over 40 kts and gusts of over 60. Sea state was very rough and boat speed on occasions was over 20 kts down waves. These conditions were maintained for 20 hours. At 0530 UT the fore stay broke loose from the fore deck. The sail, fore stay and reefing drum, flew out to starboard immediately breaking the reefing line and allowing the whole sail to spin out. The sheets were flayling and shredding and the mast was panting and back stays shaking violently.
4 Horns brought the off watch crew quickly on watch.
Skipper assessed the situation as serious and quickly put out a PAN PAN to the rescue services. The rescue services immediately diverted a vessel to our waypoint assessed our drift and launched two lifeboats together with an ocean tug. John Hookway and later Brian Cameron went forward on deck, Angus a fluent French speaker maintained contact with services. John Band maintained a steady course hand steering dead down wind. The boom was dropped on the bimini and the mainsail dropped and made secure. Meanwhile John and Brian were trying to secure the reefing drum which was moving from starboard to port like a huge wrecking pendulum taking lumps out of the deck and anything in its way. The drum was eventually lassood and made fast on the fore deck. By now the foresail and sheets were in shreds. The spinny and spare halyard were brought forward and secured.
Brian and John on the fore deck, attempting to secure the forestay
Meanwhile the ocean tug had arrived (about 2 h after PAN PAN) and the diverted vessel stood down.The shredded sails were tied up as much as possible and shortly afterwards the first lifeboat arrived. We were now in fair shape and the engines were engaged. We were also delighted to see a helicopter flying overhead. This was not a rescue helicopter but Euronews who were taking live footage of the 'rescue' and also some stills which you see in the following pages and Angus was providing live French commentary!
The ocean tug stood down and we were escorted by lifeboat 1 who met lifeboat 2 on route to Cameret sur Mer . LB1 went East and we followed LB 2 to the dock. We were safely tied up at 1300.
A draft version of the 2019 calendar has been made available here. This is for discussion during the Race Forum on Friday 11th January @ 1900 in the club bar.
Pictures from the Icebreaker on 05-01-19 have been uploaded to this album.
Pictures by Derek Braid.
Congratulations to Angus Boyd, Bill & Grace Roberts, Sandy Brodie, Alastair Skinner, Alastair Macintyre, Jim Sinclair, John Shaw, Robbie Lawson, Ben Wilcox, Iain McGonigal, John Hookway, Mike Willis, Rory Ferrier and Callum Williams for their racing exploits and resulting victories this season.
Extra special congratulations go to Rory and Callum who have both achieved a great deal this season, not just a haul of silverware! Its great to see the various generations an the club all claiming their prizes.
We look forward to seeing you at the Birthday Bash on the 3rd November!
Thanks for all the effort, Mike.
Photos from the RYA Champion of Champions event held at ELYC on 13-14/10/2018 have been added to the this album for your enjoyment.
Message from Phil Walter (FYCA) via ELYC Race Secretary
As you are well aware the FYCA Handicap Committee is responsible for the management of the racing handicaps used on the Forth.
After serving 10 years on the committee, 7 as chairman, I am looking to stand down at this year's AGM. Therefore I am asking if there are any volunteers willing to take on the role.
This would suite someone who is interested in racing on the Forth and how the handicaps are managed. The main roles of the chairman are to track the handicap applications, liaise with the sailing secretaries, to call the committee meetings and obviously to chair them. The handicap chairman is also a member of the FYCA management committee, by attending these meetings you'll see the broad range of topics covered by the FYCA. Understanding how the handicap system works is useful but not essential. The current committee members have all agreed to serve another year and are more than able to handle the technical side of setting and reviewing the handicaps. Whoever takes on the role will be well supported in this aspect.
As it happens the current committee is made up of boat owners/skippers but that is not a requirement. Neither do handicap committee members have to be officers of the club they represent.
If anyone is interested or would like to know more then please get in touch (via email@example.com)
Chairman - FYCA Handicap Committee
Please note that the Olympic Cup, originally scheduled to take place on 13/10/18, has now been moved to 20/10/18.
As a result, Dinghy Autumn 5 has now been moved to 13/10/18.
Photos of Autumn 2 Dinghies, Autumn 3 Keelboats on 22 September 2018 have been added to web site. (Photos by Derek Braid)
The annual Elie & Earlsferry Passage Race took place on 02/09/2018.
This race involves keelboat fleets from East Lothian Yacht Club Elie and Earlsferry Sailing Club starting from their respective start lines, racing across the Forth to the "oppositions" club house, enjoying some hospitality, then racing back home again.
This reporter has never taken part in this event but always imagined water balloon broadsides as the fleets passed each other in the middle of the river. I very much doubt this is the case.
Fastest crossing on handicap is awarded to an Elie boat 'Monopoly' who achieved the return crossing from NB to Elie in 1:25:54 and a corrected time of 1:19:37. Our fastest crossing on corrected time was Dream Weaver also on 2nd leg.
3 Elie boats completed the 2nd leg in under an hour and a half.
ELYC won the event overall!
By all accounts a great day and thanks to Eric & Jane Robertson and Ian Kirkpatrick for managing the event.
A selection of Photos have been uploaded for your enjoyment!
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