Colin takes the hon­ours at Oban Re­gatta

The Oban Times - - Sport -

COLIN Craw­ford’s Dehler 34 Nim­rod took the top hon­ours at Oban Sail­ing Club’s an­nual town re­gatta last week­end. With three firsts from the Satur­day and Sun­day races in the fast hand­i­cap spin­naker class, Nim­rod and team were judged to have given the best per­for­mance for the week­end.

Billy Forteith’s First 31.7 Shad­ow­fax also took home three firsts in re­stricted sail and fin­ished sec­ond over­all in the re­gatta points.

Satur­day’s race saw the fleet of eight boats head out the bay to the west of Ker­rera to round Seal Is­land. A mix of light and patchy winds made for tricky sail­ing and the fast class was closely fought with Eric and Irena Chap­man’s Sigma 33 Am­ber Haze nar­rowly los­ing out to Nim­rod with Beppo Buchanan Smith’s Enigma third. Shad­ow­fax took the win from Anne and Andrew Camp­bell’s Ajax with com­modore Finlo Cot­tier’s Sadler 32 Al­li­can in third place.

Race of­fi­cer Colin Kupris, who or­gan­ised the week­end, kept the boats in the bay on Sun­day with the winds giv­ing a mix of gusty con­di­tions to com­plete calms. Nim­rod won Class 1 from Am- ber Haze with Shad­ow­fax Class 2. Derek Grier’s Al Har­ija fin­ished sec­ond in Class 2 and Colin Kupris’s Fly­ing Fif­teen The Kracken was third.

Colin said: ‘It was an ex­cel­lent week­end with good at­ten­dance. Con­di­tions were fair to tricky at times but ev­ery­one en­joyed the close rac­ing. Thanks to all who contributed to the fan­tas­tic food – ev­ery­one en­joyed the great spread.’

Finlo Cot­tier, OSC com­modore, said: ‘This was a real club event with a mix of boats – some sail­ing with spin­nakers, some white sail with a range of ages aboard – but that’s what the club is all about. And the fact we were sail­ing on Sun­day along­side the lat­est dinghy train­ing course par­tic­i­pants was even bet­ter.

‘Ian Gib­son, our se­nior RYA in­struc­tor, is cur­rently train­ing Oban High School stu­dents on their RYA level 2 dinghy course and they also had a great day on the wa­ter.

‘We hope some may be our fu­ture re­gatta par­tic­i­pants.’

Sailors and prizewin­ners from Oban Re­gatta with Com­modore Finlo Cot­tier, far right, and race of­fi­cer Colin Kupris, far left.

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