Fifi sails to Scarborough Yacht Club Regatta glory

Almost zero wind and a low level of cloud
Almost zero wind and a low level of cloud

The Scarborough Yacht Club Regatta, sponsored by McClarron insurance, produced three days of superbly varied sailing.

Overall winner of the Regatta was Fifi, a Scarborough boat racing in her first season here and sailed by long standing member Jonathan Barker.

A spectacular sight of spinnakers on their way south round the Castle Headland

A spectacular sight of spinnakers on their way south round the Castle Headland

From very light airs on the Saturday to strong offshore winds on the Monday.

There were eight visiting boats from Whitby Yacht Club and Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club to raise the level and the quality of the competition.

The boats are broken down into three classes aimed to group them together to make the racing closer. These comprise the sportsboats and Hunter 707s, Class A (the larger boats) and Class B, (slightly smaller boats).

So with all this organised and the race station ready we were off – or rather not - the first race was a very slow start. The wind on Saturday was around 0 to three knots. It was a pity as this was the day our sponsors came out in a power boat to watch the thrills and spills, of which there were none – slightly different from the following two days.

Joker in the Pack planing at around 16 knots on the Monday

Joker in the Pack planing at around 16 knots on the Monday

After a race taking around two hours which would sometimes take us 45 minutes, the race officer postponed the second race and the boats returned to port.

After a great evening with a hog roast everyone was ready to do battle on the Sunday – a lovely north westerly breeze of 12 to 18 knots allowing the race to use the northern buoy off the North Bay at Scalby. The first start at 9.30am saw three classes once more ready for three races.

The first race saw the fleets head to Scalby Ness and back to the Spa of two laps. Some damage, Joker blew a spinnaker out on the down wind run, but otherwise all was well.

The second race was a reach out to the Cayton Mark and then back to the Easterly. Frustratingly the buoy had disappeared and the race had to be abandoned.

The final race of the day was started as soon as all the competitors had gathered and a similar course set out to Cayton and back to the Castle Foot. This again saw some great sailing on a lovely sunny day – Scarborough at it’s finest.

The third and final day of racing saw a later start at 11am with a pursuit race, where each boat starts in relation to its handicap, the slower ones starting first and fastest last. Hypothetically we should all finish together.

There was a good strong breeze of up to 30 knots blowing in the gusts which makes for some exciting sailing.

The course out to Cayton was close on the wind followed by a run to Wheatcroft and a fantastic reach to the Castle Foot. Some boats could have raced the power boats successfully. It was great sailing.

The final race for the regatta followed and a similar course was set to Cayton, but missing Wheatcroft, and with the strong southerly wind, this allowed some very fast downwind reaching – not for beginners this stuff.

The traditional Commodore’s sail past had to be cancelled as the wind was so strong and all back to the club for the prizegiving.

The results are below - there is also a special prize of a watch, kindly donated by Brian Sizer of Sizers Jewellers in Huntriss Row.

This was won by the crew of Endeavour from Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club.


Class - Sportsboats and 707s

1st Humdinger (Scarborough Yacht Club) Hunter 707- Glynn Simpson

2nd Nemo (SYC) J80 - David and Mike Turner

3rd Second Fiddle (SYC) Hunter 707 - Anthony Dearden

4th Black Sheep (SYC) Hunter 707 - Steve Parker & Tom Clark

Class Cruiser A

1st Starchick (RYYC) Starlight 30 - R Wallace & M Kaye

2nd Endeavour (RYYC) First 31.7 - Jon Peacock

3rd Vado (SYC) Hanse 29.1 - Steve Russell

4th No Compromise (WYC) SJ 320 - Derek Frank

Class Cruiser B

1st Fifi (SYC) Folkboat - Jon Barker

2nd Contessa Juliette (RYYC) Contessa 26 - Jeff Preece

3rd Zeris (SYC) Sonata - Brian Sizer

4th Whistler (SYC) Hustler 30 - Jonathan Livesey