Good con­di­tions for WHYW com­peti­tors

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE FIRST day’s rac­ing at this year’s West High­land Yacht­ing Week (WHYW) saw good con­di­tions for the fleet cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the is­land of Shuna off Craobh Ma­rina. And Ar­gyll sailors also made it a good start to the week on the re­sults board.

With medium breezes both Tun­nock’s spin­naker fleet and Ar­gyll white sail fleet had all points of sail with a long beat, close reach and run round­ing Shuna clock­wise twice.

Spirit of Ja­cana took the spoils in IRC Class 0 from Duckwall Poo­ley and J Fever with Erin top­ping the leader board in Class 1. Car­men II and James Hardie’s Taz fin­ished sec­ond and third.

Re­stricted sail class 2 was taken by Sunrise from Anne Camp­bell’s X34 Ajax and Robin Fer­gu­son’s X443 Hood­lum.

Spin­naker Class 3 was won by lo­cal Steven Forteith and team on Shad­ow­fax from Ian Hards’ Hard­slog and Oban’s Graham An­der­son and team on Lucky Ned Pep­per.

Brian Young’s Mylne ketch Gle­nafton, Steve Wil­liams’ Mystic Sun and Don­ald Mclaren’s Sig­matic made the line-up in white sail class 4.

Class 5 rac­ing with kites was taken by Steel Pulse from the Glen­coe Boat Club’s Suil­ven with Colin Craw­ford’s Nim­rod third. Craig An­der­son’s fa­mous Cool Ban­dit 2 took the hon­ours in Class 7 with fel­low Moody 336 Piece­maker sec­ond and Boyd Tun­nock’s Le­merac third

An­gus Camp­bell’s Grand Soleil Stargazer fin­ished first in Class 8 by eight min­utes on cor­rected time ahead of Lucy Downie and Garth Wil­son’s Zebedee. Ruar­idh Camp­bell’s First 29 Voila was third. Craobh to Oban pas­sage Mon­day’s race from Craobh to Oban promised big breezes and didn’t dis­ap­point. Af­ter the ini­tial up­wind leg and one close reach to the turn­ing mark, kites were set for the run through Fladda past Eas­dale and Insh to the south of Ker­rera.

With favourable wind di­rec­tion this was a gybe mark and the spin­naker fleet held their kites to another turn­ing mark be­fore the short beat to the fin­ish.

It was a fit­ting first for the ma­jor spon­sor of WHYW, Boyd Tun­nock CBE, who not only won Class 7 in his Moody 38 Le­merac from Craig An­der­son’s Cool Ban­dit, but also took line hon­ours of the whole fleet lift­ing the MacBrayne Cen­te­nary Chal­lenge Cup.

Class 0 was again a Spirit of Ja­cana, Duckwall Poo­ley and J Fever run with Class 1 this time be­ing taken by WHYW stal­warts Allan Jeffrey and Paul Scutt in their First 36.7 Car­men II. John Mur­phy’s Erin was sec­ond and Roddy An­gus’s Misjif third.

The Chalmers fam­ily in Sunrise took another first in Class 2 with Hood­lum sec­ond and Spirit of May third.

In closely con­tested Class 3, Shad­ow­fax made it another first from Lucky Ned Pep­per, the two lo­cals push­ing Hard­slog into third.

Busy Beaver took the win over Joey Gough’s Tan­gle o’the Isles in re­stricted sail class Class 4 with Harold Hood’s Sigma 33 Odyssey II in third place. Stephen Owen’s Hal­cyon from Alastair Gay’s Or­well Lass and Gor­don Young’s Ram­bler were the one, two three in a big Class 6.

Feeder Races The thirty-strong fleet from Oban rac­ing in the feeder to Craobh for the start of WHYW con­tended build­ing breezes from the south with winds touch­ing 40 knots in the gusts. It was a big boat race ev­i­denced by a con­vinc­ing win for John Mur­phy with his Sun Odyssey 49 Erin. The X332 of Ian Hards - Hard­slog - fin­ished sec­ond and lo­cal boat, Shad­ow­fax, of Billy and Steven Forteith third.

On a down­wind roller coaster from Gigha, Rea MacKay’s Moody 33 Kiri rev­elled in the con­di­tions to win the Gigha feeder from Dou­glas Reid’s Moody 336 Stargazer from Camp­bel­town with David Mcmullen’s Steel Pulse third out of the six- strong fleet.

WHYW com­peti­tors were due to face strong winds on Tues­day for the in­shore race and round the cans Olympic style cour­ses.

Both Tun­nock’s spin­naker yachts and Ar­gyll white sail yachts race as one fleet to Tober­mory on Wed­nes­day. Af­ter a day’s rac­ing off Tober­mory all boats re­turn to Oban on Fri­day for the fi­nal prize-giv­ing dance at the Cor­ran Halls.

All re­sults on and www.face­ WestHigh­landYacht­ingWeek

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