The Cadet Trophy was run on Sunday 18th September, having been postponed from the summer due to holidays.
There was a good turnout, 5 in the Gold fleet and 6 in the Silver fleet. The Trophy was run in 2 fleets so that sailors would be racing with others of their own experience. A large supporters group on the pontoon viewed proceedings (enough to put the pontoon under water at times) and assisted with race management and boat handling.
The Gold fleet started with 2 races over a fairly large course, buoys 1, 2 wing mark opposite the clubhouse, 7 and finishing at the pontoon. The weather was perfect, a good breeze with interesting gusts and shifts making it awkward for Peter to lay the start line. Race 1 saw Hector and Jamie having a real go at each other which allowed Tony and Alexander to claim the first 2 spots. The further 3 races saw everyone getting at least 2 podium places in tight racing, with Hector coming out on top to win the Trophy in style. Jamie and Tony battled to the last race to decide 2nd and 3rd finishing on the same points. Lewis and Alexander finished 1 point apart. Some interesting starting manoeuvres were used showing good reading of the wind and boat handling. Peter, Ross, Alan and Duncan provided umpiring from the powerboats.
The Silver fleet watched the Gold fleet sail 2 races to see what not to do. As the wind was increasing the Race Officer decreed 2 reefs so the competitors could concentrate on racing over a shorter but no less challenging course. Yuan built up a good lead, but unfortunately was too far ahead to hear instructions and capsized while waiting. The fleet then decided that they did not need the reefs and they were shaken out, proving that they could handle the conditions. Yuan showed his ability and determination by winning all the following races. Douglas, Euan, Gordon and Fergus all got podium finishes with positions changing throughout the races. Fergus finally finished 2nd, one point ahead of Gordon. Douglas, Euan and Calum unfortunately had to leave early, after 3 of the 5 races.
The racing continued into the afternoon with suitable breaks for food, therefore the last two silver fleet races overlapped the "adult" racing, with the two fleets crossing without any problems.
The ability, enthusiasm and concentration shown by all was commented on and commended by the adults.
"The day was brilliant. The racing was fun even though I capsized. It was fun to race. The food after was brilliant. It was a shame I had to leave early."
Published: September 2016