Fortei­ths lift the sil­ver­ware at Glen­coe Re­gatta

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN’S Billy and Steven Forteith, sail­ing their First 31.7 Shad­ow­fax, lifted the sil­ver­ware over­all at the re­cent Glen­coe re­gatta.

Win­ning Fri­day’s pas­sage race from Oban to Onich, the Shadow fax team added two firsts at the re­gatta in class one to lift the cov­eted Bal­lachullish Slate Tro­phy. An­gus Fyfe’s Contessa 25 Pop­corn from Glen­coe Boat Club took first in the slow hand­i­cap class af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond to Shad­ow­fax on Fri­day and also tak­ing two wins on Satur­day in Loch Leven.

Rea­son­able winds with a flood tide saw a dozen yachts leave Oban Bay on Fri­day with kites be­ing set for the ma­jor­ity of the race. Jean and Peter Aitken were of­fi­cers of the day. How­ever, patchy wind through the Ap­pin Nar­rows and north of Shuna saw the slower end of the fleet catch up and it was some time be­fore the faster yachts caught a breeze again. A tide change and light­en­ing winds caught the ma­jor­ity of the fleet out at the en­trance to Loch Leven and many boats were forced to re­tire. How­ever, the wind filled in and lifted the re­main­ing yachts to the fin­ish at Onich. Shad­ow­fax made a ma­jor gain get­ting into the breeze first and won the race by a big mar­gin to lift not only the win on hand­i­cap but line hon­ours.

Light but rea­son­able winds gave good con­di­tions for the two races on the Satur­day in Loch Leven un­der race of­fi­cer Peter Dug­gan. Lo­cal Peter Watt and his BB10 Vaila showed form af­ter three years out of the wa­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all, while Eric and Irena Chap­man’s Sigma 33 Am­ber Haze of Oban Sail­ing Club fin­ished third in class. The ken­speckle El­rhuna of Hilary Wat­son was helmed by son Mungo into sec­ond place over­all with the 106-year- old yacht look­ing fresh out of the wrap­pers. The boat has been worked on ex­ten­sively over the win­ter and looked stun­ning on the wa­ter. Hot Toddy was third, with the Hawk 20 of Jean and Peter Aitken third.

The prize-giv­ing din­ner was hosted by Crafts and Things in Glen­coe with the Fyfe’s Clan MacDuff Ho­tel of Fort Wil­liam cater­ing for the event.

Robert Watt, com­modore of Glen­coe Boat Club, said: ‘It’s been an­other bril­liant re­gatta – our main event of the year and we were de­lighted to wel­come so many vis­i­tors in amaz­ing con­di­tions. I want to thank Tracey, our sec­re­tary, and hus­band Nigel for their help, Colin Haste who was on ham­burg­ers, Alec Blanc, our trea­surer and bar­man, Peter Watt and the Mills fam­ily, as well as Jo MacIntyre, Kerry Tozer, Joan and Jeanette Watt for all help­ing at the re­gatta.

‘ We held a ‘push the boat out’ ses­sion last month where taster ses­sions in dinghies, keel­boats and tours in power­boats were on of­fer.

‘Our reg­u­lar club rac­ing has also been great and we look for­ward the rest of our sea­son.’

Billy and Steven Forteith’s Shad­ow­fax, cen­tre, was over­all win­ner at Glen­coe Re­gatta held re­cently.

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