Ex­cel­lent con­di­tions and good en­try for the round Mull race

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

EX­CEL­LENT sail­ing con­di­tions and a near-record en­try made for one of the best Owen Sails and Ard­fern Yacht Cen­tre spon­sored round Mull races to date.

Or­gan­ised by Oban Sail­ing Club, the event is a cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the is­land of Mull over three legs – Oban to Tober­mory, Tober­mory to Bunes­san and Bunes­san to Oban.

And for the first time in many years the strong winds on Sun­day en­sured the 40-yacht fleet raced the last leg to fin­ish in Oban Bay.

It was to be a Class 3 slow hand­i­cap win­ner that swept the boards tak­ing over­all hon­ours for the week­end.

Mur­ray Cald­well from the Clyde in his Trap­per 500

Oys­ter­catcher won the Jolanta Tro­phy for the slow hand­i­cap class and the Royal Bank of Scot­land Tro­phy for the best over­all points for amal­ga­mated classes for the week­end.

Oys­ter­catcher lifted the Mish­nish Bucket for the best per­for­mance from Oban to Tober­mory and the Glen­coe Tro­phy for best cor­rected time from Bunes­san to Oban.

Cald­well also won the fastest cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion on cor­rected time on Clyde, lift­ing the Tor­ran Rock and, sail­ing two up, the Bil­ge­wa­ter Shield for the dou­ble-handed class.

Class 1 was taken by Ma­jor David Wal­ter in his Ar­cona 430 Re­quiem lift­ing the An­tique Sch­weppes Tro­phy and the Mull Plaque for the fastest cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion on elapsed time. Ionara, the Du­four 44 of Da­mon Lyn­d­say, sailed well on the se­cond leg to win the Bunes­san Hall Tro­phy for best per­for­mance from Tober­mory and lifted the re­stricted sail class over­all. The one- off yacht

Elu­sive Lady was se­cond over­all in this class.

Class 2 on medium hand­i­cap was won by the Fortei­ths of Oban with Shad­ow­fax. Al­though Brian Wise­man’s

Sorr of Ap­pin took the wins in this class on day one and two in style, Shad­ow­fax halted their hat trick and over­all class win on the fi­nal day with the Sorr team fin­ish­ing se­cond over­all. Sim­i­larly, Mar­ian Austin’s

Scin­tilla of the Sea was a strong se­cond in Class 3 to Oys­ter­catcher. The fleet saw good winds for the 100-mile race with the first leg to Tober­mory tak­ing just over three hours for the fast yachts, a mix of fetch­ing and beat­ing in a some­times stiff breeze.

Sat­ur­day’s start off Tober­mory proved ini­tially frus­trat­ing with a light breeze and be­set­ting tide see­ing po­si­tions change within all classes in the fleet just out of the bay. The faster boats caught the edge of the breeze on the out­side first and were off to Bunes­san in grand style, again with a mix of beat­ing ini­tially to Cali­ach Point and then a fetch in lumpy seas to Bunes­san.

Com­peti­tors en­joyed a buf­fet and ceilidh in Bunes­san Vil­lage Hall in aid of the Ross of Mull His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

The wind was up on Sun­day. Boats started on a beat to the Sound of Iona and through to the Tor­ran Rocks be­fore kites were set on the down­wind leg to the fin­ish. In the event of light winds, the 41-mile race is nor­mally fin­ished off at Frank Lock­wood’s Is­land but there was no is­sue this time with the wind gust­ing up to 20 knots with a fol­low­ing sea. It made for an im­pres­sive sight sail­ing up the Sound of Ker­rera un­der spin­naker to the fin­ish off Oban Sail­ing Club.

Race of­fi­cer David Preston and or­gan­iser Billy Forteith were de­lighted at the suc­cess of the event.

Billy said: ‘You can only plan ev­ery­thing and then hope you get good sail­ing con­di­tions. This year we had a near-record en­try with some late arrivals. The breeze was strong and con­sis­tent and there was tremen­dous ca­ma­raderie among the fleet. It is a fan­tas­tic event and I think every­one en­joyed them­selves. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing even more boats next year.’

Billy thanked Dave Stur­rock whose boat Unity acted as com­mit­tee ves­sel as well as the head­line spon­sors Owen Sails and Ard­fern Yacht Cen­tre. He also praised Forteith Food Ser­vice Oban for the re­cep­tion and seafood buf­fet evening pre­ced­ing the start of the race, T Barbour Fu­els for help with fuel for the com­mit­tee boat, Di­men­sion Polyant for sup­ply­ing race T-shirts and Forteith Re­frig­er­a­tion and Heat Pump So­lu­tions.

Re­sults: Class 1 – 1 Re­quiem; 2 Sun­rise; 3 Moon­struck 2. Class 2 – 1 Shad­ow­fax; 2 Sorr of Ap­pin; 3 Amber Haze. Class 3 – 1 Oys­ter­catcher; 2 Scin­tilla of the Sea; 3 Hot Toddy. Re­stricted Sail – 1 Ionara; 2 Elu­sive Lady; 3 Rosie Keep­ing.

Spe­cial tro­phies: Mish­nish Bucket – Oys­ter­catcher. Bunes­san Hall Tro­phy – Ionara. Glen­coe Tro­phy – Oys­ter­catcher. Mull Plaque – Re­quiem. The An­tique Sch­weppes Tro­phy – Re­quiem. Royal Bank of Scot­land Cup - Shad­ow­fax. The Jolanta Tro­phy – Oys­ter­catcher. Brian Shell­cock Me­mo­rial Tro­phy – Ionara. The Tor­ran Rock, the Bil­ge­wa­ter Shield and The Royal Bank of Scot­land Tro­phy – Oys­ter­catcher.

Ian Gib­son’s Ni­chol­son32 Tegu­mai on the leg to Bunes­san.

Moon­struck Too takes part in the Round Mull Race,

Sarah be­fore the start at Bunes­san.

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