Strong winds for Round Shuna fleet

The Oban Times - - Sport -

WITH strong winds gust­ing 37 knots, Clyde Corinthian Yacht Club’s Round Shuna Pur­suit Race proved a test­ing ‘ blast’ for all com­peti­tors.

Many opted to re­main in the shel­ter of Craobh but for those who braved the con­di­tions it was a fast pur­suit with Colin Craw­ford’s Dehler 35 Nim­rod from Oban Sail­ing Club first over the line in the 30- strong fleet. Colin and team lifted the prized case of bub­bly and the Ca­mus Tro­phy.

Pur­suit races see yachts leave ac­cord­ing to hand­i­cap with the the­ory they all fin­ish to­gether.

Com­peti­tors in the Round Shuna can de­cide which way to cir­cum­nav­i­gate. This year’s favoured op­tion was north about and close be­hind Nim­rod in Class 1 was Joey Gough’s Tan­gle o’ the Isles, also from Oban. Stewart and Dorothy Ritchie’s Con­test 41 Anna Mae from Salen, Loch Su­nart, was third.

Class 2 was won by Brian Wise­man’s Storm 33 Sorr of Ap­pin with the con­di­tions be­fit­ting the West­erly Storm. Brian and team also won the feeder race from Ard­fern the pre­vi­ous day and so lifted the top prize for the whole week­end and the Craobh Haven Chal­lenge Cup.

Alis­tair Pugh’s Contessa 32 Marisca was sec­ond in Class 2 sail­ing just two up and Don­ald Smith’s Maxi Tilty Too third. Ali­son Chad­wick’s Hot Toddy took Class 3 from Hamish Whyte’s El­iz­a­bethan 30 in sec­ond and Alan Man­son’s Cut­las 27 Dark Is­lan­der third. Alan also lifted the Bren­dan Bucket for the last boat home.

Sev­eral Fly­ing Fif­teens were forced to re­tire in the strong winds but Clive Brown’s Ffaol­cuain and David Attwood’s Okey Dokey kept their cool cross­ing the line in first and sec­ond po­si­tion re­spec­tively. With a bet­ter amal­ga­mated score David won the Craig­nish Sail­ing Club Tro­phy for the best per­for­mance from a Fly­ing Fif­teen for the week­end.

An­drew Chap­man made a brave ef­fort to sail his full rig Laser in the stormy con­di­tions but a bro­ken boom at the north end of Shuna ended his chances of not only be­ing the only dinghy out but re­gain­ing his dinghy tro­phy of last year. Oban and Ard­fern feeder

races With a long beat for the Oban boats, Eric Chap­man and team found form to win the feeder from Billy Forteith’s Shad­ow­fax. Hot Toddy was third. The Ard­fern race saw a mix of con­di­tions and Sorr of Ap­pin took the hon­ours from Alan Gent White’s sloop An Su­laire. Don­ald Smith’s Tilty Too was third. David Attwood’s Okey Dokey won the Fly­ing Fif­teen Class from Brian John­ston’s Reck­less and Rus­sell An­der­son’s Toff in third place. De­spite a much-re­duced fleet due to the in­clement weather, the week­end was a great suc­cess. Com­modore Ken­neth Mac­Don­ald thanked ev­ery­one for com­pet­ing in the chal­leng­ing con­di­tions and in­vited all com­peti­tors to re­turn for next year’s event.

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