Oban speed­boat race cup finds new home

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A SIL­VER speed boat tro­phy last awarded more than 40 years ago has found a new sport­ing home: the Round Mull Race, writes Sandy Neil.

Oc­to­gene­r­ian Don­nie McLeod was the last win­ner of the MacDon­ald Cup in the 1960s be­fore a speed limit was im­posed in Oban Bay. The cup, sport­ing two fish-shaped han­dles and an en­grav­ing of two racing yachts, was do­nated by The Oban Times and handed down from win­ner to win­ner.

But when the ban put an end to the com­pe­ti­tion, Don­nie had no-one to pass it on to, so he hoped it could find a new home.

Oban Sail­ing Club has now stepped for­ward to present the prize at its an­nual Round Mull Race, which races 120 miles over three legs from Oban to Tober­mory, then Tober­mory to Bunes­san, and then back to Oban.

Billy Forteith, prin­ci­pal or­gan­iser of the Round Mull Race, said: ‘It is an open race that any­body with a keel boat can en­ter. You do not need to be a mem­ber.’ Finlo Cot­tier, com­modore of the ‘thriv­ing’ Oban Sail­ing Club on Dun­gal­lan Road, said its mem­ber­ship, which has grown re­cently from 120 to more than 200, could ben­e­fit from its range of boats and train­ing from dinghies to power­boats.

Pro­fes­sor Cot­tier, se­nior lec­turer in po­lar oceanog­ra­phy at SAMS, said: ‘We are try­ing to cre­ate a club that is work­ing with lots of groups in the com­mu­nity and make sail­ing ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.’

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The Oban Times ed­i­tor Su­san Win­dram hands over the MacDon­ald Cup to Billy Forteith and Finlo Cot­tier.

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