Bernard Clark and Dean Gillespie win final Scottish Travellers event at Inverkip 20/9/06
The National 12 Scottish Travellers series drew to a close with a visit to Clyde Cruising Club’s dinghy Regatta, held at Inverkip on 16-17 September.
Saturday racing was held in a shifty Force 3-4. The first race saw Bernard Clark and Dean Gillespie lead from John and James Brookes and Brian Kelly and Lorna Dryburgh. The places changed dramatically when the first two boats were disqualified after sailing back through the start line on the run. This decision was debated long and hard over wine that evening and it was eventually decided that the 12s had the moral victory but the disqualification stood.
Race 2 saw Clark and Brookes making sure they stayed clear of the start line on the run! Race 3 was sailed over a windward/leeward course, with Bernard leading for the first round but a decision to head left took him into a patch of no wind and allowed Brookes to make the most of his decision to head right and take the lead which he maintained to the end.
Sunday dawned with low cloud, rain and no wind. Eventually racing got underway in a gentle breeze, only 1 triangle of the course was sailed and as the wind died away again racing was abandoned for the rest of the day.
1st Bernard Clark/Dean Gillespie N3447 (Yorkshire Ouse SC/CCC)
2nd John and James Brookes N3162 (Tynemouth SC)
3rd Brian Kelly and Lorna Dryburgh (CCC) N3227