West Ard­na­mur­chan re­gatta was not for the faint-hearted

The Oban Times - - Sport -

COM­PETI­TORS in the an­nual West Ard­na­mur­chan re­gatta had choppy wa­ters to con­tend with as they bat­tled with a strong wind last week.

The 32nd con­test in the most west­erly area of Bri­tain saw the yachts­men sail with dis­ci­pline and con­cen­tra­tion, but it was not enough for the crew of Way­farer, which was swamped and forced to re­tire dur­ing the Chal­lenge Cup on Fri­day morn­ing. Ge­of­frey Camp­bell swept up the yacht­ing prizes for his skill on board the Laser 2000.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon, rowers and kayak­ers took on the breezy course and Caitlin Mac­Don­ald picked up three prizes for row­ing, while Lach­lan Peter­son and Sarah Cameron- Sut­cliffe were crowned win­ners of the ju­nior sec­tion.

The ‘Old Drippy’ crew took home the raft race prize and also won sec­ond place for best­dressed raft.

The most hotly- con­tended event was the power­boat race, won by Steve White in his rib, while Bert Cameron took the prize in the solid hull sec­tion.

Re­gatta chair­man, Alastair MacColl, said: ‘This is Great Bri­tain’s most west­erly re­gatta, and it isn’t one for the faint-hearted. We’ve seen worse con­di­tions as we had to can­cel the event in 2013, but it’s good to see com­peti­tors hav­ing to con­tend with the sea con­di­tions.

‘In the old days, lo­cal crofters and fish­er­men, who earned a hard liv­ing from the sea, used to take a day out to pit their row­ing and sail­ing skills against each other.’

Pro­ceeds from the re­gatta will be split be­tween the Royal Na­tional Lifeboat In­sti­tu­tion, Red Cross and West Ard­na­mur­chan Jetty As­so­ci­a­tion.

Re­sults: Yachts: El­lan Van­nin Hand­i­cap for Orm­saig­beg Cup and Mugs: Ge­of­frey Camp­bell.

Dras­combes: Day 1 New Zealand Cup - David Syme. Day 2 Glashven Cup - David Syme.

Other Yachts: Day 1 Por­tu­airk Quaich - Ge­of­frey Camp­bell. Day 2 Chal­lenge Cup - Ge­of­frey Camp­bell.

Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Re­gatta: David Syme. In­shore Races - Row­ing: Boys Sin­gles - Lach­lan Peter­son. Ladies Sin­gles - Caitlin Mac­don­ald. Girls Sin­gles - Sarah Cameron- Sut­cliffe. Mens Sin­gles - Alas­dair Ma­cLach­lan. Boys Dou­bles - Alas­dair and Lach­lan Peter­son. Girls Dou­bles - Iona Peter­son and Sarah Cameron- Sut­cliffe. Ladies Dou­bles - Caitlin and Ca­tri­ona Mac­don­ald. Mens Dou­bles - Neil Mac­don­ald and Phil Shaw. Over 50s - Neil Mac­don­ald. Se­nior Mixed Dou­bles - Caitlin Mac­don­ald and Ge­orge Shaw. Ju­nior Mixed Dou­bles - Iona and Alas­dair Peter­son. Ca­noes: Boys Sin­gles - Lach­lan Peter­son. Girls Sin­gles - Sarah Cameron- Sut­cliffe. Ladies Sin­gles - Rachael Haylett. Mens Sin­gles -Rory Camp­bell. Boys Dou­bles -Lach­lan and Alas­dair Peter­son. Girls Dou­bles - Sarah Cameron- Sut­cliffe and Iona Peter­son. Ju­nior Mixed Dou­bles - Morag and Lach­lan Peter­son. Mens Dou­bles - Con­nor Camp­bell and Jack Carlisle. Ladies Dou­bles - Rachael Haylett and Peggy-May Chap­ple. Ra f t Race: Po­si­tion - Old Drippy. Bes t - dres sed Raft - Rip­tide. Out­boards: 3- 6 hp - Chris Gane. 6 -10 hp - Nan Ma­cLach­lan. RIBs - Steve and Ben White. Solid Hull- Bert Cameron. Other Awards:Youngest Com­peti­tor - Fin­lay Peter­son. Best Boy - Lach­lan Peter­son. Best Girl - Sarah Cameron- Sut­cliffe. Best Ju­ve­nile Ca­noeist - Lach­lan Peter­son.

The yachts set off at the West Ard­na­mur­chan re­gatta

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