Finn gets day off to compete in Blue Toon Trophy sailing event

Cruden Bay youngster Finn Dixon.
Cruden Bay youngster Finn Dixon.

A Cruden Bay primary school pupil was one of 26 competitors who braved the elements at Peterhead Bay in the third annual sailing of the Blue Toon Trophy.

Finn Dixon(10), who has been sailing since he was seven, was the sole representative from the Buchan area and was given a day off from Port Erroll Primary School so he could take part in the vent.

Finn said prior to going out on the water: “It looks quite choppy out there, but my tutor Angie Fraser has been brilliant and says I am ready compete.

“I am really looking forward to the event.”

The wind was in fact gusting up to force five, but after a short delay the racing got under at 11.38, including young Finn’s participation in his Optimist class dingy, named ‘Spiffy’.

Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust tutor Angie Fraser said: “We are happy to be involved in the training of young sailors, including Finn who has been a keen, model pupil.

“The trust is delighted to support the day.

“Peterhead sailing club are to be commended for organisation such a prestigious event.”

As the day went on it was clear that some of the younger racers were experiencing difficulty in coping with the challenging conditions, and were brought in with skill and patience by the race officer and his band of officials.

But for the competitors in the Laser and Topper classes the race went on with the team prize going to Cults Academy for the second year in a row.

18 of the field completed the race.

The Cults team were Becky, Mhari and Alex Orr with Mhari beating her brother Alex into second place in the Laser class, while Lucy Wilson of Meldrum Academy won the Optimist class.

Becky made it a joy day for the Orr family by leading home the Topper fleet.

But while it was the academies who led the way Freda Marshall the Peterhead Sailing Club commodore was delighted to welcome a first ever entry from Banchory Primary School.

Becky said: “It’s just great to have teams from primary schools competing against older pupils from Cults, Ellon and Meldrum.

“It has been a great day despite the challenging conditions.”