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Chanonry Sailing Club Regatta

by Ben Yeats 8 Aug 2018 07:43 BST 4-5 August 2018
Chanonry Regatta 2018 © Richard Evans

Chanonry SC held its annual regatta on the 4th & 5th of August, while also hosting the Scottish Laser and Musto Skiff traveller events.

Chanonry SC is a wee friendly club located on the Black Isle on the North East edge of the Inverness Firth (Wikipedia ref: "Despite its name, the Black Isle is not an island but a peninsula. Gaelic does not make the distinction between 'island' and 'peninsula' that English does. The area is home to a population of Bottlenose dolphins").

Forthcoming Musto Skiff Nationals and Laser events, and possibly Paloma Faith (at the local music festival), meant numbers were slightly down this year. However, quality made up for quantity. Laser stalwart Peter Malcolm from Largo Bay was a sure thing (I believe he has not missed a Laser Scottish championship in 37 years which is one for the Guinness book of records). Jamie Hilton who recently came third in the Musto Skiff worlds made last-minute dash to the event to get in some sneaky practice before heading straight off to Weymouth at the end of racing.

Former Kestrel National champions Stewart & Mhairi Murdoch made their viccenial (20 yr!) trip to Chanonry to join the fast handicap fleet. These sailors dominated their respective classes. However, the visitors did not have it all their own way, with local sailors Kyle Cameron winning the slow handicap and Jack Evans making a clean sweep in the Laser Radial fleet. Special mention also for junior Gairloch and Chanonry based sailor Morven Maclean who took a fine second place in the Laser Radial in testing conditions. Morven has clearly benefited from attending the regular race coaching run by Chanonry SC.

While Jack showed the way in his radial, Evans senior (Richard) was making all the right calls as SRO. Saturday's first race was particularly testing with gusts rising to 30knots at the end of the race - causing multiple wipe-outs which kept the RIB crews very busy. Our SRO made the wise decision to send the fleet ashore to wait for conditions to abate, while sailors refuelled on soup and sandwiches provided by Janet and her kitchen team. Two more races were completed on Saturday in a blustery force five, followed by three more on Sunday in variable conditions (F2-F4). Some sailors then headed down to Chanonry point and were entertained by dolphins, before coming ashore sporting huge grins.

Special thanks to the race team and volunteers who provided safety cover and fine food making this a great event.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
Fast Handicap Fleet
1stKESTREL1610Stewart MurdochMhairi MurdochRTYC‑1111115
2ndRS 4001018Mike WilsonRoddy HenryChanonry SC3222‑4211
3rdBLAZE541Paul Davidson Chanonry SC2‑3332313
4th20002363Archie LangSandra MaclennanLoch Morlich SC(DNC)RETRET43422
5thBUZZ937Ross SlaterMagnus HenryChanonry SCDNF(DNC)DNC56630
6thWETA TRIMARAN117George Morris R Findhorn Y C(DNC)DNCDNC65532
Laser Radial Fleet
1stLASER RADIAL185610Jack Evans Chanonry SC‑1  1113
2ndLASER RADIAL176683Morven MacLean Gairloch & Chanonry2  ‑3226
3rdLASER RADIAL196559Dominic Lloyd Chanonry SC‑3  2338
4thLASER RADIAL159479TimLloyd Chanonry SC(RET)  44412
Laser Standard Fleet
1stLASER213798Peter Malcolm Largo Bay SC‑1111115
2ndLASER191306Thomas Hardie Chanonry SC2‑3232211
3rdLASER112393Nick Yeats RFYC(RET)2323313
4thLASER80893Grant Gregor Peterhead SC3‑5544521
5thLASER166404Ron Beaton Chanonry SC(RET)4455422
Skiff Fleet
1stMUSTO SKIFF550Jamie Hilton Dalgety Bay SC‑3121116
2ndMUSTO SKIFF536Kevin Holliday Chanonry SC(DNF)3143415
3rdMUSTO SKIFF552Ben Yeats Chanonry SC2(DNC)DNC32317
4thMUSTO SKIFF224Ian Ellis Royal Findhorn YC1(DNC)DNC2RET218
5thMUSTO SKIFF521Iain Morton Chanonry SC(RET)2RETDNCDNCDNC27
6thMUSTO SKIFF435Michael Gough Chanonry SC(RET)DNCDNC5RETDNC32
Slow Handicap Fleet
1stLASER 4.7196581Kyle Cameron Chanonry SC11 13‑46
2ndSOLO4731Gregor Fisher Chanonry SC(DNC)DNC 22112
3rdLASER 4.74806Georgina Lloyd Chanonry SC(DNC)DNC 31213
4thSTREAKER1394Clifford Ball Chanonry SC(RET)DNS 44314
5thGP1411290Joe HallwoodRory HallwoodChanonryDNS(DNC) DNCDNCDNC26
5thEUROPE312Marisa Astill‑Brown Chanonry SCRET(DNC) DNCDNCDNC26

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