Fresh conditions at the Harken Largs Winter Series. Photo Copyright Alan Henderson

Well that’s a wrap for the Harken Winter Series at Largs SC and what a series it was for the D-Zeros: 10 entries out of 50 entries overall and 35 in our Class 1. Three boats from the Prestwick SC fleet and the rest from Largs.

Brisk conditions almost every weekend. Photo Copyright Alan Henderson

Class 1 had a mix of windward- leeward and triangular courses raced over 6 Sundays with up to 3 races per day. Out of the possible 18 races 13 were sailed, mostly in big winds of up to 28kts although there were 3 races sailed in perfect 10 to 15 knots and a couple in very light winds and no matter what The Stork, Alistair Mclaughlin, flew through most of the races, showing the same “luck” he enjoyed at the Nationals where he came second. With no Steve Bolland to keep him honest he won the series by three points from a Low Rider (super swimmer) Moth and by four points over Jon Basset who tried all sorts to beat the often frozen Stork, but to no avail. Jon just got faster and faster through the series and proved impossible for Billy McCarlie (who won one race by being the only guy to find the Windward mark in truly terrible conditions) and The Grumpy Gnome (Martin Latimer) to catch.

Alistair ‘Storky’ McLaughlin frozen in place. Photo Copyright Alan Henderson

Jon is now pumping iron, loading protein, running and looking for a rowing machine in his quest to shoot down the Stork; while the Stork has brought a Hiking Bench, a new sail and more Benecol to stop him.

With both the Prestwick fleet and Largs fleet heading towards eight boats each in 2019 and throw Ian Baillie and Niel Ritchie into the mix and things could be hot at the Largs D-Zero Open over the weekend of 18th and 19th May next year.

The Stork now defrosted and collection the spoils.

A big thanks go to Howard Smallwood who gave up a lot of D-Zero sailing to give us really good racing and to HARKEN and Largs Chandlers for their fantastic sponsorship.

Full series results can be found by clicking here.