Lo­cals on the start line….

The Oban Times - - 16 -

Oban’s Graham An­der­son and team on his Hanse 371 Lucky Ned Pep­per is back to race along­side Steven For­e­ith in Shad­ow­fax. Anne and An­drew Camp­bell’s X34 Ajax, also based in Oban, sails this year in a re­stricted sail class. James Hardie of Oban races his Grand Soleil 40 Taz and Mid Ar­gyll’s Brian Robert­son is another WHYW stal­wart with his X332 Celtic Spirit - al­ways a com­pet­i­tive boat. Adrian Lay­cock also re­turns with a lo­cal team aboard Prime Cut.

More lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion comes from Joey Gough with Tan­gle o’the Isles, Eric and Irena Chap­man with their Sigma 33 Am­ber Haze and Colin Craw­ford with his Dehler 34 Nim­rod, all from Oban Sail­ing Club. Rac­ing along­side in his Dehler 34 is David Cooper from Glen­coe Boat Club.

Camp­bel­town’s Owen McManus with his X332 is also a reg­u­lar, this year in re­stricted sail Class 2 while fel­low CSC sailor Dougie Reid pitches up in Class 7. Class 8 has strong lo­cal con­tention with Dar­ren Tay­lor of Tay­val­lich with his SK700 Bluefin and Ali­son Chad­wick’s Hot Toddy from Oban. Mar­ian Austin of Lochaber Yacht Club is back to de­fend her class ti­tle of last year with her lovely North­ney Scin­tilla of the Sea. Fel­low Lochaber Yacht Club sailor Hamish Loudon takes on the WHYW fleet in his Ful­mar Fu­ma­role – a first for him with this boat and one to watch out for. French sailor Se­bas­tian Harink­ouck who has long time con­nec­tions with Tiree is also another ‘lo­cal’ on the start line with Duckwall Poo­ley.

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