Perfect weather conditions greeted competitors for the start of the AYC Spring Regatta over the late May bank holiday weekend. A strong turn out of keelboats from three K6's to five Flying Fifteens, five Dragons and the ever popular local Loch Long class with a massive twenty three on the start line, were joined by the Wayfarer fleet which had come out of hibernation with seven entries. Sadly exam season meant for a disappointingly low entry from the Laser fleet with only three boats.
The North Easterly breeze meant for good windward-leeward courses round club marks, on Saturday morning, although the low tide created some exciting close quarters mark rounding for the large Loch Long fleet with a handful of boats coming away with some battle scars! Saturday afternoon saw a very wise decision to separate fleets and the rowdy Loch Longs were sent up river whilst the others enjoyed the relative peace and quiet of racing on Home Reach down river of the clubhouse.
The mild weather carried on through Sunday although the promised sunshine didn't materialise until late afternoon. Similar North Easterly wind direction lead the OOD to lay similar courses to Saturday morning and afternoon and yet more Loch Longs received battle scars, particularly the newly restored number 55 Trya which is reportedly going back to the workshop to "lick some of her wounds".
Full results are to be available elsewhere on the website, for which thanks must go to David Keates and Shaun Seear but thanks must also go to everybody involved in the organisation, particularly the two OOD's Rory Bowman and Nick Barker and their respective helpers, and Anna Dawson for giving away the prizes!