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24 May 2009
Tony Thame Trophy

The weekend of 23rd & 24th May saw the cruisers of NSC invited to enter the harbour at Whiteness Head and anchor overnight by the owners of the development. The planned Taylor Tankard race had to be cancelled due to lack of wind and time. The fleet needed to be at the entrance off Whiteness Head to enter on a rising tide. This meant leaving Nairn as soon as possible and heading straight for the South Riff cardinal mark to  be met and escorted in by Adrian Johnston of Whiteness Head and a son of a former NSC Commodore.

The dinghy section were there during Saturday and there was good turnout of adults and children to try their hand at dinghy sailing under the watchful eyes of Paul Chapman and Steve Web. In the evening, and despite the initial downpour, the club had a successful BBQ. The NSC would like say thank you to Gerry Job and Adrian Johnstone for all their assistance with the dinghy section and help in making this weekend a unique experience and a great success.

Sunday saw the cruisers racing back from Whiteness Head in the Tony Thame Trophy. High winds, gusting over 30 knots at times, meant one or two reefs were needed. The race started from the South Riff cardinal with a short leg up to the Navity Bank green buoy before reaching back to Nairn,  finishing at the Russet buoy.

Alouette revelled in the conditions and soon pulled well clear. The chasing pack consisted of Cracklin Rosie (David Vass's new boat), Amrita and Windchat. This group was followed closely by Hilarity and Bayard. The latter two, both twin keelers, not too disadvantaged by the conditions or the point of sail. The homeward leg saw some flukey conditions with strong gusts (up to force 7/8) being followed by periods of lighter force 4/5 winds. It was difficult to know whether to shake out the reefs or stick with the chosen sail plan. 

Alouette crossed the finish line well before the rest of the pack followed by Windchat, Crackling Rose and Amrita. It was all change after the handicap was taken in to consideration and Bayard (Dale Henderson) recorded his first win. Alouette (Ken Kilham) was second and Hilarity (Ferdie Maylin) third.

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