Oban boat lifts top tro­phy at West High­land Yacht­ing Week

‘It has been another very suc­cess­ful event with a va­ri­ety of wind and weather con­di­tions’

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN sailor, Steven Forteith and his team, lifted the Peter Cocks Me­mo­rial Tro­phy at the West High­land Yacht­ing Week (WHYW) this year – the top prize for the best over­all per­for­mance in the fleet.

Rac­ing his fa­ther Billy’s Beneteau First 31.7 in Class 3, the Joint Re­gatta Race Com­mit­tee judged this was the most com­pet­i­tive class and the re­sults proved it to be the case.

With a string of firsts and one sec­ond, Shad­ow­fax fin­ished the se­ries on seven points.

A de­lighted Steven, a for­mer class win­ner at WHYW, paid trib­ute to his crew. ‘We have come so close in the past to win­ning this tro­phy and never quite made it, so this is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. I have to thank the bril­liant crew work on board the boat and the sails that just worked so well this week over a range of wind con­di­tions.

‘It has been a ex­cel­lent event and this is just the best re­sult.’

At the prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony, Steven thanked the or­gan­is­ers of WHYW point­ing up the amount of work done be­hind the scenes to or­gan­ise the event.

Oban coun­cil­lor, Elaine Robert­son, pre­sented the prizes and told com­peti­tors she had been as­so­ci­ated with the event for around 50 years. Her un­cle, who ran the for­mer Com­mer­i­cal Ho­tel in Stafford Street, al­ways took WHYW off to race his Dragon tak­ing away a week’s sup­ply of boiled eggs and whisky…an in­ter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion she said, while her aunt held the fort at the ho­tel.

She an­nounced that progress was be­ing made on the in­stal­la­tion of a transit ma­rina in Oban to a round of ap­plause, recog­ni­tion of the need be­ing pointed up by all present.

Spe­cial Tro­phies Bruce Dou­glas and crew on the J133 Spirit of Ja­cana lifted the MacBrayne Cen­te­nary Chal­lenge Cup for the fastest pas­sage from Craobh to Oban with Mike John­ston’s big Free­dom 35 Ar­ran Com­rades win­ning the Oban Bi­cen­te­nary Tro­phy for the best cor­rected time in this race.

Clyde-based Craig An­der­son and his Moody 336 Cool Ban­dit 2 took home the An­gus Mel­drum Tro­phy for the best cor­rected time in the Gael Force spon­sored Oban to Tober­mory Race. Oban boat, Hot Toddy, won the Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways Tro­phy for the best cor­rected time on the Thomas Tun­nock Ltd pas­sage race from Tober­mory to Oban and the John G. Maxwell Tro­phy for the high­est placed Royal High­land Yacht Club yacht in Class 8. The pres­ti­gious Fam­ily Tro­phy was won by the Millers on their Sigma 33 Mayrise.

It was a good week for lo­cal boats. Graham An­der­son’s Lucky Ned Pep­per took sec­ond to Shad­ow­fax in Class 3 and Ali­son Chad­wick’s Hot Toddy took sec­ond over­all in Class 8 in a close fin­ish with Lucy Downie and Garth Wil­son’s Zebedee. Lucy has re­cently moved to Oban. Colin Craw­ford also took a third over­all in Class 6 while the Camp­bell’s Ajax was third in Class 2.

Joint Re­gatta Com­mit­tee chair­man, Andy Knox, said: ‘It has been another very suc­cess­ful event with a va­ri­ety of wind and weather con­di­tions.

‘ We couldn’t race on Tues­day, but man­aged rac­ing ev­ery other day, so the fleet gen­er­ally had good sail­ing’.

‘We have to thank our spon­sors – Tun­nock’s, Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, Malin Wa­ters and Tober­mory Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion as well as the sup­port from Gael Force Marine, Dun­staffnage Ma­rina, Cale­do­nian MacBrayne, Flit Self Drive and West Coast Mo­tors. We look for­ward to see­ing ev­ery­one back again next year.’

WHYW dates for 2016 are July 30 to Au­gust 5 2016. All re­sults on www.whyw.co.uk www.face­book.com/ WestHigh­landYacht­ingWeek

Photo: Ron Cowan

Shad­ow­fax, skip­pered by Oban’s Steven Forteith, lifted the top prize for best over­all per­for­mance at this year’s

West High­land Yacht­ing Week.

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