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Re­served for those rac­ing IRC hand­i­cap Class 0 has well known Bruce Dou­glas’s Spirit of Ja­cana and Se­bastien Harink­ouck’s First 42.7 Duckwall Poo­ley along­side Ian McLach­lan’s Po­laris in close con­tention with last year’s class win­ners Paul Scutt and Allan Jeffrey in their First 36.7 Car­men II. Tim and Frances Lester’s J Fever, the J120 is a new en­trant this year whilst An­gus Wright’s J90 Aunt Jessie makes a re­turn to the event this year. Ian Don­ald’s Hanse 400 Tio­ram also re­turns so this should all make for close rac­ing in white sail Class 2. Ron

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gimag co.uk es. It’s a big en­try for Class 3 this year which sees plenty of reg­u­lars re­turn­ing in what is al­ways a closely con­tested class. For­mer over­all se­ries win­ner Roddy An­gus with his team on More Misjif, Stephen Pick­les’s Ataraxia, Alan Moore’s Delin­quent, John Mur­phy’s Erin from Port Edgar, Chris Le­vi­son with Ad In­fini­tum and John Rose with the big Ocea­nis In­sa­tiable join An­thony Clendin­ning’s War­rior, the X332s Celtic Spirit of Brian Robert­son and Hard­slog with Ian Hards. Robert­son fin­ished sec­ond in class last year and will be look­ing to another good re­sult this year. Alastair Man­der­son’s First 35s5 Spirit, Mal­colm Brinded’s Grand Soleil 44 M’anna, and Ian McNair with First by Farr will all be bat­tling it out from the start line to fin­ish. Lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion comes from Graham An­der­son’s Lucky Ned Pep­per who fin­ished third over­all last year. James Hardie, also from Oban is back again with his Grand Soleil Taz sail­ing spin­naker in­stead of white sail and Oban’s Steven Forteith helms Shad­ow­fax, the First 31.7. Al­ways a hard boat to beat, Shad­ow­fax looks strong to take the Class win. Fel­low lo­cal Adrian Lay­cock’s Oys­ter 37 Prime Cut will also be look­ing for a good plac­ing this year.

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.

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