Tun­nock’s take the bis­cuit with class win dur­ing yacht­ing week

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A WIN in class for West High­land Yacht­ing Week ma­jor spon­sor Boyd Tun­nock CBE made a fit­ting start to the first day of the points series at this year’s West High­land Yacht­ing Week (WHYW) that started on Satur­day and runs un­til to­mor­row.

His Moody 38 Le­merac rev­elled in the good 15-knot breeze to win by just five sec­onds from clos­est ri­val Shad­ow­fax, the Beneteau 31.7 of Oban’s Steven Forteith. Lo­cal boats took up good plac­ings with Peter Watt’s BB10 Vaila from Glen­coe Boat Club fin­ish­ing third, re­turn­ing to WHYW af­ter an ab­sence of 11 years, and Gra­ham Anderson of Oban Sail­ing Club fin­ish­ing fourth in his Hanse 371 Lucky Ned Pep­per.

The 88-strong WHYW fleet en­joyed good open­ing breezes with close- quar­ters com­pe­ti­tion for the Craobh race cir­cum­nav­i­gat­ing the Isle of Shuna in Loch Melfort.

Jack Aitken’s First 36.7 An­i­mal took the spoils in the Tun­nock’s spin­naker fleet Class 1 from Carmen II, with James Hardie of Oban rac­ing his Grand Soleil 40 Taz third.

Danny Sin­clair’s Ocea­nis 45 Kalita was a dom­i­nant win­ner in Argyll Fleet re­stricted sail Class 2 from the Chalmers fam­ily on Sun­rise. In white sail class 4, Bruce John­ston’s Mys­tic Sun took the hon­ours from the Sigma 33 Mayrise.

Only 10 sec­onds split the Moody 336’s of Craig Anderson and team on Cool Ban­dit and John Cor­son’s new Sala­man­der XXII in a closely-fought Class 7. And the mar­gin was even tighter in re­stricted sail Class 6 with two sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing Brian Wise­man’s Sorr of Ap­pin and Stephen Owen’s Ocea­nis 361 Hal­cyon. Clyde-based Mur­ray Cald­well se­cured Class 8 with a mas­sive mar­gin on cor­rected time with his Trap­per 500 Oys­ter­catcher.

The fleet race from Craobh to Oban on Mon­day.

Re­sults: Class 1 – 1 An­i­mal; 2 Carmen II; 3 Taz. Class 2 – 1 Kalita; 2 Sun­rise; 3 Ionara. Class 4 – 1 Mys­tic Sun; 2 Mayrise; 3 Val­halla of Ash­ton. Class 5 – 1 Le­merac; 2 Shad­ow­fax; 3 Vaila. Class 6 – 1 Sorr of Ap­pin; 2 Hal­cyon; 3 Reever. Class 7 – 1 Cool Ban­dit; 2 Sala­man­der XX11; 3 Piece­maker. Class 9 – 1 Oys­ter­catcher; 2 Marisca; 3 Circe.

Feeder races

The Craobh to Oban feeder saw vari­able con­di­tions for the 25-strong fleet through zephyrs to winds up to 15 knots with the faster boats man­ag­ing to stay on the breeze for most of the 24mile pas­sage.

Much of the fleet be­came be­calmed off Seil Island and it was a slow and frus­trat­ing ef­fort to tack out west to find the wind again.

James Hardie’s Grand Soleil 40 Taz of Oban Sail­ing Club se­cured the day’s win from David Wal­ter’s Ar­cona 430 Re­quiem and Gor­don Law­son’s J122 Moon­struck Too.

Ni­cholas Mar­shall’s J92 Sat­is­fac­tion won the Gigha to Craobh race from Meka II, the Sigma 33 of Jim Shields and Hamish Jack­son’s Elan 33 Hoo-Ha.

Pho­tos: Graeme Cowan. Re­port: Ali­son Chad­wick

Boyd Tun­nock’s Moody 38 Le­merac took the hon­ours on the first day of the points series dur­ing West High­land Yacht­ing Week.

Oban Sail­ing Club’s Shad­ow­fax, owned by Steven Forteith, fin­ished five sec­onds be­hind win­ner Le­merac.

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