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The 2018 Autumn Points Series concluded today in glorious weather conditions. Clear blue skies and a steady, if light, northerly breeze of 7 to 9 knots.

With the C mark conveniently situated into wind, RO Peter Wright was able to set three windward/leeward races along the Largs shore.

In Class 2, Mark Bradshaw’s Sigma 33 ‘Busy Beaver‘ withstood a strong challenge from Ben Shelley’s Extrovert ‘Lady X’, with ‘Busy Beaver’ edging it with two firsts to ‘Lady X’s’ one. This was enough to give Mark victory in the Class by a single point.

A first, a second, and a third was enough for Peter Judd and Andy Holmes ‘Lock n Load’ to achieve a four point margin of victory in the Etchells Class. The Race Academy’s ‘Extravaganza’ finished off an impressive Series in second place.

The Overall Winner’s Trophy was awarded to ‘Lock n Load’.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Kip Marina and Largs Yacht Haven, and to Largs Sailing Club for their hospitality.

Overall Winner – ‘Lock n Load’     The Holt Trophy

Class 2 Winner – ‘Busy Beaver’    Largs Yacht Haven Trophy

Etchells Winner – ‘Lock n Load’   Marion’s Chalice

                                                             Mark Bradshaw         Andy Holmes             Carolyn Elder                Peter Judd

 

As the cruising season is now getting underway, the following report from Ronnie Forrest will be useful to those members heading out West!

Good afternoon from Castlebay,

Solus is currently in Barra and the weather is glorious.

A couple of bits of information that may be useful to members have occurred to us as we travelled.

1/  Tobermory:

The working Chanel in all publications is shown as 12. This has changed to 68.

The harbour master is Robert.

The office is now on the top floor and access is by button 1,  not 2 as shown on the board at the door.

2/  Canna:

The cafe has re opened on 5th May under new owners serving drinks and food. They are keen to have the support of yachters, and to support us in return. Closed Tuesdays.

3/ Castlebay:

The new pontoons have opened and although facilities are not fully functional they are progressing. Power and water are available but not yet at all berths. They hope to have this rectified soon. Shower/toilet block are planned but looks like one for next season or very late this season.

Tony is the best contact on 07931 083856 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Yours in sailing Ronnie & Anne Forrest,  'SOLUS'

 

                                                                                 NOTICE TO MARINERS
                                                                                           No 46/18
                                                                      FIRTH OF CLYDE – GANTOCKS BEACON

                                                                                 Charts 1994 and 1907

 

Mariners are advised that the light characteristics of the Gantocks Beacon was restored on 21st February 2018 and a renewed programme of maintenance work on the Beacon is being carried out. These works are expected to be completed by 30th April 2018 or thereabouts.  

Mariners are asked to navigate with caution in this area. Estuary Radio may be contacted on VHF 12 or on  0151 949 6651.           

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