Sailing fleet gearing up for annual Round Mull Race
SAILORS are gearing up for this year’s Ardfern Yacht Centre and Owen Sails-sponsored Round Mull Race, which starts tomorrow (Friday July 7).
Run by Oban Sailing Club and generously supported by the sponsors and Dave Sturrock providing the committee boat in the form of MV Unity, the island circumnavigation will see more than 40 boats competing over the weekend, making it one of the most popular events on the West Coast. T Barbour Fuels also supports the event.
The fleet races 100 miles over three stages – Oban to Tobermory, Tobermory to Bunessan and Bunessan to Oban, with stopovers and après sail events in Tobermory and Bunessan. The Mishnish Bucket prize for the first leg is presented at the Mishnish Hotel in Tobermory on the first night. In Bunessan, after leg two, a ceilidh and dinner dance will be held at the village hall, raising funds for the Ross of Mull Historical Society. The Bunessan Hall Trophy is the main prize for this section of the race.
With three classes for fast, slow and medium handicap as well as a double-handed class and one for restricted sail, the event encourages all sailors to take part.
A local seafood buffet provided by Forteith Refrigeration and Heatpump Solutions, followed by an informal get-together will take place in Oban Sailing Club tonight (Thursday) preceding the race.
Once again Dimension Polyant will be generously supplying ‘goodies’ for competitors.
Major prizes include The Torran Rock, presented to the monohull with the best corrected time overall regardless of class; the Royal Bank of Scotland Trophy to the monohull regardless of class with the best on points over all three legs; and The Brian Shellcock Memorial Trophy to the monohull restricted sail class with the best corrected time over all three legs.
The main trophies are awarded at the OSC prize-giving in November.