Today our challenge was to race Sola from Oban to Tobermory. Tessa was our timekeeper and counted us down to the start. We crossed the line in a good position and headed up wind toward the Lady Rock trying not to be intimidated by Glenafton charging up behind us. Before reaching the lighthouse we were badly headed and almost the entire fleet sailed by to our dismay. However we made a good track through unfavourable tide where others seemed to be sailing backwards.
The wind picked up in the Sound of Mull and we had a fun upwind sail, vying for position with the Wallace family on Gumdrop. Mum and I made a good team tacking the genoa, especially when the wind rose over 24 knots and Sola hummed with delight at such a good sail. We don’t know where we finished in the class but we all had a great day, with a friendly hoot from Chico as we crossed the line in Tobermory Bay.
We are now rafted up on a mooring with Murray Caldwell from Owen Sails (today’s race sponsor) and his crew on Oyster Catcher.
As we enter 2019 we are delighted to announce the plans for West Highland Yachting Week 2019 and have posted the Notice of Race with an added price advantage to those boats that commit early.
2019 will make the 72nd year the event has been running and plans to be a wonderful week both on the water and ashore. As before the week starts at Croabh Haven and moves north to Oban where it sees another year with of the Firth of Lorn races on the Tuesday and then heads out to the west to Tobermory before returning to Oban.
We are delighted that Johnnie Readman has volunteered to lead the Race Team as the Principle Race Officer and as a long term participant and experienced sailor he promises us all a hectic, competitive but above all fun and enjoyable week on the water.
In a slight change there will be two midweek prize givings each with more social events the first will take place at Dunstaffanage on the Tuesday and the second will see the return of a Tobermory prize giving and dance on the Thursday Evening – leaving the final prize giving to be on Friday Afternoon at Oban Sailing Club before the fleet disperses.
Today’s race results published along with latest Points Series.
Today’s results published.
86 starters this morning. Showers and sunny patches during start. Spinnakers flying up the east side of Lismore. No recalls for the first time – well mannered fleet! The Yeoman Bridge had a good view of the start.
We do not know if these vehicles are anything to do with the WHYW fleet, but if any of you are the owner/s of Toyota Yaris SL14 JHO or Citron Berlingo SM09 XZL which are blocking the access to the Seafood Temple bin (due to be emptied first thing Wednesday morning and is at present completely blocked), but if so, if they are not removed by Tuesday afternoon they will have no choice but to contact the police and report the said vehicles for obstruction.
86 starters today. Fleet finished just before the rain came!
Clue 43 should be 8 letters, not 9. Clue 16 should be 6 letters, and clue 67 should be 6,5. Sorry !
And, yes, clue 64 is a repeat of 22!
25 yachts started the feeder race from Oban this morning.
Seven yachts started this morning from Gigha. Should have a fast passage, if a little wet.