Nd Yacht­ing Week

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

another first out of the bag from Grand Cru and Ajax in Class 4 while in Class 6 the mighty Glenafton was back to win­ning form from Val­halla of Ash­ton and Mys­tic Sun. Malindi of Lorne again won from Judy Orr’s Eureka and Alis­tair Gay’s Or­well Lass.

An­drew McKe­own’s 707 Par­tial Pres­sure won Class 7’s first race with Re­spectable, the Mus­tang 30 of Tony Wright tak­ing first over Par­tial Pres­sure and Sorr of Ap­pin sec­ond time round.

Pop­corn won both races in Class 8 with Gigha and Lady Ex, the Ex­tro­vert 22 of Ben Shel­ley and fam­ily fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third re­spec­tively in Race 1. Scin­tilla of the Sea took sec­ond in Race 2 and Hot Toddy squeezed out Lady Ex for third in the sec­ond race by just four sec­onds

Tober­mory to Oban

Fore­cast light winds for the fi­nal race from Tober­mory to Oban spon­sored by Thomas Tun­nock Ltd did not bode well but from the spin­naker start in Tober­mory Bay the fleet never lost the breeze, al­beit at stages, patchy. Close fetch­ing with kites was the way to go for the Tun­nock’s Fleet with those in the Tun­nock’s Fleet who man­aged to fly spin­nakers till Fuinary mak­ing great gains. All apart from the Ar­gyll Fleet spin­nakers set kites for the run to the fin­ish off Lis­more. Aurora sealed the win in Class 1 fin­ish­ing first over Sat­is­fac­tion and Blue Jay. Jam­min was sec­ond in the points se­ries over­all with Aunt Jessie third.

Re­flec­tion sim­i­larly pulled out another first to se­cure their class and sub­se­quent over­all ti­tle win.

Mur­ray Find­lay’s Box­car was sec­ond on the fi­nal day’s rac­ing in Class 3 and Car­men II third. On points Car­men II fin­ished sec­ond over­all with Lucky Ned Pep­per third.

In Class 2 Golden Fox won from Sun­rise and Anne and An­drew Camp­bell’s Ajax but this wasn’t enough to eclipse the Chalmers fam­ily of another class win on only eight points. Golden Fox fin­ished sec­ond over­all with Firestarter third in the class points se­ries.

Mag­da­leyne took the tro­phy from Tober­mory to Oban in Class 5 from Sea-Pie of Cul­tra and Leaky Roof II. On points over­all how­ever it was to be Leaky Roof II’s day win­ning the class from Sea-Pie of Cul­tra and Mag­da­leyne.

And the win in Class 6 for Tan­gle o’ the Isles was enough to se­cure over­all class vic­tory on only nine points. Val­halla of Ash­ton was sec­ond over­all in class with St Brid­get third.

Craig Cor­son’s team on Sala­man­der XXII pulled a flyer to win the fi­nal race by over two min­utes from the 707 Ram­mie of Mike Flem­ing with Cool Ban­dit 2 in third. This win se­cured class vic­tory for Sala­man­der. It was cer­tainly to be vic­tory roll for the Moody 336s with Cool Ban­dit 2 and Stu­art Hamil­ton’s Piece­maker fin­ish­ing sec­ond and third to Sala­man­der over­all.

It was also to be Pop­corn’s day from Hot Toddy and Lady Ex and this re­flected the points se­ries in class with Pop­corn first over­all.

Malindi of Lorne also took a first from Eureka and Ke­lana on the fi­nal day but it was to be Ke­lana lift­ing the Class 9 sil­ver­ware from Or­well Lass and Can­tata II. This was a close called class with all three yachts fin­ish­ing within one point of each other.

Spe­cial tro­phies

Aurora was pre­sented with the MacBrayne Cen­te­nary Chal­lenge Cup for the yacht mak­ing the fastest pas­sage in the Craobh to Oban Race. Sala­man­der lifted the Oban Bi­cen­te­nary Tro­phy for the best cor­rected time in this race and also the An­gus Mel­drum Tro­phy for the best cor­rected time for the Oban to Tober­mory race. Sala­man­der also won the Iona Shop Tro­phy for the fastest cor­rected time over the three pas­sage races.

Re­flec­tion took The Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways Tro­phy for the best cor­rected time for the Tober­mory to Oban race. Hot Toddy won the John G Maxwell Tro­phy for the best points in Class 8 sailed by a mem­ber of Royal High­land Yacht Club. The West High­land Week Fam­ily Tro­phy for the best fam­ily yacht was awarded to White Lady – this was the fam­ily’s first re­gatta and first rac­ing to­gether as a fam­ily. The top prize of The Peter Cocks Tro­phy went to Re­flec­tion for the best over­all per­for­mance through­out the se­ries.

The fi­nal prize-giv­ing bar­be­cue and dance was hosted by Dun­staffnage Ma­rina. The ex­ten­sive so­cial pro­gramme in­cluded a raft of en­ter­tain­ment, mu­sic and food at the Lord of the Isles at Craobh, the Oban Sail­ing Club bar­be­cue and mu­sic and food at the Grand Ker­rera Party at Oban Ma­rina. The Wide Mouthed Frog put on a spe­cial WHYW menu dur­ing the week. Fam­ily swim­ming at At­lantis Leisure Cen­tre was also on of­fer.

The mid­week prize-giv­ing took place in the Ar­gyll­shire Gath­er­ing Halls with danc­ing to the Still­wa­ter rock’n’roll band and in Tober­mory the Mad Ferrets played to a packed Mish­nish each night.

A new ini­tia­tive this year was to in­vite com­peti­tors to write a blog of their day’s rac­ing. This proved suc­cess­ful with posts on the WHYW Face­book site ac­com­pa­nied by pho­tos from Yacht­ing Im­ages.

Joint re­gatta com­mit­tee chair­man Beppo BuchananSmith said: ‘WHYW re­mains a unique com­bi­na­tion of yacht rac­ing in stun­ning scenery and fam­ily par­tic­i­pa­tion. It’s been a year for Clyde-based boats with Aurora tak­ing the Class 1 tro­phy, Sala­man­der the Class 5 win and the Iona Shop Tro­phy for the pas­sage races as well as Re­flec­tion win­ning both class and the Peter Cocks Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

‘How­ever, lo­cal boats were to the fore as well with Tan­gle o’ the Isles and Pop­corn win­ning their re­spec­tive classes. But it’s not just about the rac­ing. The sight of a white in­flat­able uni­corn be­ing towed round Tober­mory Bay to much hi­lar­ity and snorkelling with ot­ters in Craobh will be last­ing mem­o­ries, as will White Lady col­lect­ing the Fam­ily Tro­phy for their first re­gatta.’

Beppo added: ‘The gen­er­ous sup­port from Tun­nock’s as the prin­ci­pal spon­sor en­sures the fleet can com­pete with full com­mit­tee boat cover and safety sup­port and we are de­lighted to be joined by Scot­tish Sea Farms, Tober­mory Har­bour, West Coast Mo­tors, Ar­gyll and Bute Council, Dun­staffnage Ma­rina and Owen Sails. With­out such sup­port, we would strug­gle to put on such an event.’

Dates for the 2019 event are July 26 to Au­gust 2. Full re­sults on www.whyw.co.uk and re­ports on Face­book.

The prize-giv­ing at Dun­staffnage Ma­rina.


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