Bad weather did not dampen the spir­its at the an­nual Plock­ton re­gatta

The Oban Times - - Sport -

PLOCK­TON Small Boat Sail­ing Club held its an­nual open day on Satur­day July 22 in lovely sun­shine. Af­ter the event a race was held in aid of the RNLI with the win­ner get­ting an RNLI Pen­nant. Seven boats raced and the win­ner was 15-year- old Calum Reid, in White Wa­ters - a Laser Ra­dial. Sec­ond was Neil MacRae in Rona.

The an­nual re­gatta fort­night be­gan on Mon­day July 24 in glo­ri­ous sun­shine with 16 boats tak­ing part, 10 lo­cal and six cen­tre­boards.

The first race for the Plock­ton Tro­phy saw first place go to Neil MacRae (Rona) 2nd Alexan­der Macken­zie (Seaforth) 3rd Ian Hay (Se­olta).

The first race for the Ul­luva Cup (cen­tre­boards) saw first place go to James Smith (Inom­i­nate) from Hex­ham, 2nd Calum Reid (White Wa­ters) 3rd Ian Tay­lor (Bata Gorm).

The fort­night con­tin­ued on Tues­day with the Dou­glas Macken­zie Chal­lenge Cuaich for lo­cal boats.

First place Alexan­der Macken­zie (Seaforth) The Cuach was pre­sented to the club in mem­ory of his fa­ther. Sec­ond was Ian Hay (Se­olta) and third Joy MacKenna (Sea Ranger)

Also held was the 1st race for the Pelly Cup (cen­tre­boards): 1st James Smith 2nd Calum Reid 3rd Pe­ter Smith (Tok­loshe)

In the evening there were three starters for the ladies Melora Cup for lo­cal boats: 1st Imo­gen Smith (Coruisk) from Sh­effield win­ning by four sec­onds from 2nd Morag Amos (Eala Bhan).

On Wed­nes­day after­noon, in very windy con­di­tions only five lo­cal boats started for the Con­sett Cham­pi­onship Cup (no hand­i­caps) and the Alis­tair Macken­zie Memo­rial cup (hand­i­caps). Four re­tired due to the con­di­tions but Ian Hay (Se­olta) stopped and put in a reef, sail­ing on on his own to win the two cups.

Ian started win­ning cups in 1975 and th­ese two cups were his 100th and 101st tro­phies to date, 39 ahead of the next sailor.

In the cen­tre­board race in the sec­ond Sir Kenneth Pelly Cup, seven started but only three fin­ished. First was Calum Reid (White Wa­ters), 2nd Pe­ter Smith (Tokoloshie) from Tain and 3rd Michael Hay (Die Forelle).

The boys and girls races in the evening were post­poned ow­ing to ad­verse weather.

On Thursday morn­ing two raced in the first Fos­sil Tro­phy race for un­der-16s. Calum Reid won with Rob­bie Baird com­ing in sec­ond.

On Thursday evening in very strong winds only five lo­cal boats raced in the sec­ond Plock­ton Tro­phy race. Four boats reefed but Neil MacRae (Rona) de­cided not to and won the race. Sec­ond was Ian Hay (Se­olta), and 3rd Dou­glas Hamil­ton (Ajax).

It was also the sec­ond Ul­luva Cup for cen­tr­boards of which there were six races: 1st Calum Reid 2nd James Smith 3rd Michael Hay

On Friday morn­ing three sailed in the sec­ond Fos­sil Tro­phyrace: 1st calum Reid 2nd Rob­bie Baird 3rd Calum Reeves.

On Friday after­noon eight cen­tre­boards sailed in the third and fi­nal race for the Pelly Cup: 1st Don­ald Gil­lies (Too Do Loo) 2nd Pe­ter Smith (Tokoloshie) 3rd James Smith (Inom­i­nate)


As a re­sult of the third races the win­ner of the Pelly Cup was Pe­ter with seven points – Pe­ter first won this cup 50 years ago. Sec­ond was Calum Reid with 13 points and 3rd Michael Hay.

All races in the evening were can­celled due to the very strong winds.

On Satur­day the yacht race had only four starters due to the con­di­tions and all small boat races were can­celled.

First was Cameron Still (Rox­anne) from Portree, 2nd Ian and David Hay (Bra­gar) in Plock­ton 3rd Dave Mcghie (Is­abel) in Plock­ton.

Char­lie MacRae said: ‘So a week that started with two lovely days de­te­ri­o­rated af­ter Tues­day with cool, wet and windy con­di­tions.

‘Com­modore Robin Smith held his Com­modore’s party in the club boat­shed on Satur­day evening. An in­ter­est­ing item at the party was when Rod MacLeod, who has two lo­cal boats, de­cided to give one (The Coruisk) to David Hay in re­turn for a bot­tle of Talisker whisky.’

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