Lack of wind de­lays rac­ing

The Oban Times - - Sport -

COM­PETI­TORS in this year’s West High­land Yacht­ing Week (WHYW) fleet had to con­tend with a three-hour de­lay to rac­ing on day two of the five- day points series that runs un­til to­mor­row (Fri­day).

Af­ter a wait off Craobh for wind, the joint re­gatta com­mit­tee took the fleet north to start off Eas­dale for the Owen Sails-spon­sored Craobh to Oban race. The Tun­nock’s fleet flew kites in the light breeze past the turn­ing mark car­ry­ing them right to the lee­ward mark be­fore a short fetch fin­ish. It was an ex­cel­lent race for the Contessa 25 Pop­corn of the Fyfe fam­ily from Lochaber, which took line hon­ours as well as the Class 8 win by four min­utes.

Boyd Tun­nock CBE made it a dou­ble with his Le­merac team when he lifted the sil­ver­ware in Class 5 from Sea Pie of Cul­tra and the BB 10 Vaila with only 27 sec­onds be­tween the three yachts. In Class 1, Beppo Buchanan Smith’s Enigma took the win from Jack Aitken’s An­i­mal with Carmen II in third.

The Chalmers on their Sigma 400 Sun­rise took a strong lead to win Class 2 by nine min­utes on cor­rected time with Alis­tair Tor­bet’s Spirit of May sec­ond. And WHYW stal­wart Don­ald MacLaren and fam­ily took a podium lead in Class 4 on Sig­matic by less than a minute from Busy Beaver, with Oban boat Ajax third.

David Cooper’s Dehler 34 Suil­ven from Glen­coe Boat Club and helmed by Twig Olsen won re­stricted sail Class 6 from Camp­bel­town’s Judy Orr in Eureka. Class 1: 1 Enigma; 2 An­i­mal; 3 Carmen. Class 2: 1 Sun­rise; 2 Spirit of May; 3 Thornoxon. Class 4: 1 Sig­matic; 2 Busy Beaver; 3 Ajax. Class 5: 1 Le­merac; 2 Sea Pie of Cul­tra; 3 Vaila 1st and third 27 secs. Class 6: 1 Suil­ven; 2 Eureka; 3 Reever. Class 7: 1 Cool Ban­dit; 2 Piece­maker; 3 Ce Na Ri. Class 8: 1 Pop­corn; 2 Hot Toddy; 3 Oys­ter­catcher. Full re­sults on www.face­­landYacht­ingWeek.

West High­land Yacht­ing Week 2016 is spon­sored and sup­ported by Tun­nock’s, Argyll and Bute Coun­cil, Tober­mory Har­bour As­so­ci­a­tion, Mal­inWaters, Owen Sails, GaelForce Marine Equip­ment, Dun­staffnage Ma­rina and West Coast Mo­tors.

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