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Orwell Lass all add to the competition as does former white sail winner Judy Orr with Eureka Hamish Loudon joins this class with his Westerly Fulmar, Fumarole, Stuart Naylor’s Serendipity and Gordon Young’s Moody 37 Rambler. The Moody 336 of Angus Cartwright Honeybee also races in Class 6.
Class 7 features major sponsor Boyd Tunnock with his team on Boyd’s Moody 38 Lemerac will have to contend with the Sigma 33 brigade including Amber Haze, Gary Stephens Enchantress, Simpson and Lennox’s Miss Behavin and Griogair Whyte’s Close Encounters. Marc Taylor’s Strike 3 is also a regular. John Walbaum’s Maxi 1000 Lass of Avondale returns to the WHYW scene as does stalwart and former overall series winner Craig Anderson and his team on Cool Bandit 2 back to contend their class win of 2014. They will have close racing against Lemarac where they just took the edge on the final day’s racing last year pushing Lemarac to a second overall and will also be up against the other Moody 336s Piecemaker, Stargazer and Cara of Kip.