Club Racing 2017
It seems as though the season has barely started but already the May Tankard Series has been sailed to conclusion. The Summer Series, which runs during June and July began, on Thursday, 1 June.
Points Series (May to August)
2017PointsSeries (updated 21 July 2017)
May Tankard (May)
2017MayTankard (updated 29 May 2017)
The May Tankard Series has now concluded. The first three boats and helms in the series were:
1st Bonxie (James Burgon) - 20 points
2nd Scooby (Donnie Hall) - 37 points
3rd Skeldro (Mark Taylor) - 44 points
Summer Series (June-July)
2017SummerSeries (updated 21 July 2017)
The Inter Club match took place on 13 July 2017 but the order of the Stromness SC boats in the Inter Club match has also been used to determine points in the Summer Series. Leading the way after racing on 13 July 2017 are Bonxie on 39 points, Go Faster Blue on 51 points and Skeldro on 60 points.
Commodore's Cup (August)
Frozen Foods Centre Shopping Week Challenge Trophy
The Frozen Food Centre Stromness Shopping Week Challenge took place on Thursday, 20 July 2017. Nine competitors took part including two visitors from Holm SC.
The wind was WNW and coming to the harbour over the houses and was quite flukey at times making for some awkward sailing conditions, but at least there was enough wind to ensure that three races could be sailed to determine the trophy winner. The results of the three races were aggregated to determine the winner on the low points system.
Good starts were made by Boreas and Bonxie who were the first boats round marks 1 and 6, followed by Rio and Fiddlesticks. Then Fiddlesticks was able to gain the lead on the way to mark 2 and managed to hold the lead until the leg down to mark 7. Bonxie was first round the mark but chose to go close inshore rather than tack straight after the mark and was slowed down by picking up seaweed. This enabled Fiddlesticks to go through and take the win with Bonxie second and Rio third. Go Faster Blue and Go Quickly Red were very close together as they approached the line but Go Quickly Red just managed to swing her bow over the line ahead.
In the second race, Fiddlesticks took an early lead and maintained it throughout the race, leaving it to the others to fight it out for the minor places. Go Faster Blue held second place for most of the race with Bonxie, Go Quickly Red, Boreas and Rio playing catch up and occasionally changing places. Go Faster Blue was again caught by Go Quickly Red right on the finish line.
The third race again saw Fiddlesticks take an early lead and hold it throughout the race. The fleet was split by the Hamnavoe ferry sailing through the second leg of the course with seven boats passing ahead of the ferry and two behind. This had no real affect on placings. Bonxie came through to take second place and this time Go Faster Blue had a clear lead over Go Quickly Red and was able to secure third place.
The challenge was won by Fiddlesticks helmed by Neil Foubister and crewed by Emma Thomson. Stromness SC Commodore, James Burgon, congratulated the winners. The trophy was not available to present on the night but will be given to Neil Foubister at a later date.
The full results were:
1 Fiddlesticks (Neil Foubister & Emma Thomson) – 3 points (1+1+1)
2 Bonxie (James Burgon & Magda Bishop) – 9 points (2+5+2)
3 Go Quickly Red (Malcolm Tipler & Marcin Smoczyk) – 10 points (4+2+4)
4 Go Faster Blue (Edward Johnstone & Paula Hemsley) – 11 points (5+3+3)
5 Rio (Simon Kemp & Adrian Askew) – 14 points (3+6+5)
6 Boreas (Ian Johnstone & John Young) – 16 points (6+4+6)
7 Scooby (Donnie Hall & Beta Rodrigues) – 21 points (7+7+7)
8 Tystie (Antony Mottershead & Amy King) – 24 points (8+8+8)
9 Nemo (Tony Miller & Josh Brown) – 27 points (9+9+9)
Thanks go to Dave Bews and Willie Mackay for manning the safet boat, Hunter 2. Iso Tipler was the starter.
The Autumn Silver Snipe series was not sailed in 2016 and may be dropped from the racing calendar.