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