Our club's main annual event, the Largs Regatta Festival, attracted a record 67 dinghies and 50 keelboats over the late August holiday weekend, with "round the cans" racing for keelboats and dinghies on Saturday 26th August, and our famous Round Cumbraes on Sunday 27th August.
Saturday's sunshine and light winds meant some postponements, but finally a good NW'ly filled in, giving good racing on the keelboat and dinghy courses. Then it was social and fun time ashore, with live bands in the marquee, children’s entertainment and food stalls.
Also on Saturday, the LYH based charity Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, the official charity partner of the festival, led 17 boats on a cruise in company around the Cumbrae Islands, raising £1,500 from entry fees and clothing sales.
Sunday's race around the Cumbraes had the dinghies circumnavigating Big Cumbrae, and the keelboats doing a figure of eight around both the Cumbraes, plus a further circuit of Big Cumbrae for the fastest keelboats.
Largs SC sailors did well over the weekend, with Jon Bassett in his D-Zero winning his class, and taking dinghy of the weekend. Robbie Burns and Vicki Simpson took the fast handicap in their RS200,.and David and Ian Kent topping the catamaran fleet. In the keelboats, Carolyn Elder won in CYCA Class 5, and Brian Young the multihull class. Keelboat of the weekend was El Gran Senor.
The weekend's events were followed by midweek evening racing for keelboats on Tues 29 & Weds 30 August, and the dinghies competing in the 100 Guineas series over Tues 29, Weds 30 & Thurs 31 August.
Full dinghy results are in the attached files. There are fuller reports and many photographs on the LSC main and racing Facebook pages, plus these links:
- Yachts and Yachting - https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/265873/Largs-Regatta-Festival-Cumbrae.
- Marc Turner's (excellent) photographs - https://marcturner.photoshelter.com/gallery/Largs-Regatta-Festival-2023/G0000IkFP16lV_UY.
Many thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors (Saturn Sails, Coastworks, Blue Seas Consulting, and Largs Yacht Haven) who made the event possible.