The race team

The Oban Times - - West Highland Yachting Week -

The event is renowned for its ex­cel­lent race or­gan­i­sa­tion. The race team is headed up by prin­ci­pal race of­fi­cer Mal­colm MacGre­gor, who has been in­volved for more than 10 years. Mal­colm was last year awarded the pres­ti­gious En­deav­our Tro­phy for his com­mit­ment to WHYW over such a long pe­riod.

Mal­colm said: ‘ We are all look­ing for­ward to this year’s re­gatta. WHYW of­fers such a va­ri­ety of rac­ing to suit ev­ery­one and we are de­lighted to wel­come back so many pre­vi­ous com­peti­tors plus all the new­com­ers. From the race team point of view, we are pleased the tides en­able us to run the pop­u­lar Round Lis­more Race and, in or­der to com­pen­sate the spin­naker classes for the loss of the Round the Buoys races off Oban, we will have a day of com­pet­i­tive rac­ing off Craobh on Sun­day. We hope ev­ery­one en­joys this 70th birth­day event.’

A past win­ner of the En­deav­our award and one who has had more than 40 years in­volve­ment with the event is Ju­lia Heap. Ju­lia first be­came in­volved along­side her par­ents, Roger and Lil­ias, who pre­vi­ously headed up the event or­gan­i­sa­tion. She took over the sec­re­tary’s post in her own right when her fa­ther re­tired in the eight­ies.

Ju­lia now over­sees the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the race team and is a fa­mil­iar face to reg­u­lar com­peti­tors. Well-kent David Wilkie, a past com­modore of RHYC, is race of­fi­cer for the white sail Ar­gyll fleet with David Pre­ston also help­ing with the event. The race team vol­un­teers give up their week’s hol­i­day to run the rac­ing. The or­gan­i­sa­tion and course set­ting is her­alded as sec­ond to none by all com­peti­tors.

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