16/07/2018

Craobh bbq and Shuna race

Firstly, the bit you really want to see:

SHENAVAl.                79 MINS 30 SECONDS
AQUAHOLIC.            80 MINS  4 SECONDS
TROKKA                    82 MINS 58 SECONDS
ATARAXIA                 85 MINS 1 SECOND 
PONDSKATER          86 MINS 54 SECS
EXODY                      89 MINS 38 SECS
KATYA                       90 MINS 24 SECS
SILVERJACK             91 MINS 18 SECS
CAMBUS BOSTA.     97 MINS 18 SECS

Congratulations to Douglas Gray and his crew on Shenaval (assisted by ace race helm Scott Chalmers who worked his passage helping to drive the barbeque) on a well-deserved win. Despite the persistent soaking drizzle and dreich overcast conditions there was nontheless a light 10knts-ish breeze and after a little hesitation the fleet of nine Serpent yachts gathered at the start line with Steve on Ataraxia running the proceedings.  Off the line Shenaval, Troikka and Aquaholic led the fleet and so it continued on the dead run up the west side of the island where Shenaval with poled out headsail easily overtook Troikka where they were too lazy to bother with such refinements. Most were happy to get back into the marina for lunch and an opportunity to start drying off.

The previous night was well up to the usual standard with Marcus and Jackie Stone in charge of the fire and the boatshed tidied and decorated in the accustomed fashion. The Commodore welcomed Val & Dugald Glen newly back from their WARC circumnavigation as well as other guests and with longtime members still coming along, there was every indication of a club in reasonable health. And as usual there was eventually an outbreak of dancing with the partying continuing well into the night for some hardy participants. Many thanks as ever to the Craobh marina staff for making the club so welcome.

Sunday was not much of a day for photography and no photos of the bbq are available at time of writing.  The present writer on Troikka is off cruising for a few weeks as are many others of the weekend's attendees and we are all hoping that this year's remarkable run of weather will resume and contine for a little longer.

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