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17 May 2010
Burgis wins Nairn sailing Club Regatta while Harcus turns up the heat

Nairn Sailing Clubs annual regatta was held in fresh westerly winds on Saturday (May 15th). A fleet of 12 boats from the sailing clubs (Chanonry, Comarty, Invergordon and Nairn) of the Moray Yacht Axis (MYA) enjoyed great sailing off Nairn, with very keen competition between the boats as they battled for supremacy in the testing conditions. Club bragging rights deservedly went to Invergordon Boat Club thanks to a very impressive sail by John Burgis in his Hunter Sonata "Rhythm n Blue". The race also decided the Buchan cup for Nairn sailing Club, with the silverware going to Donald Harcus in his superseal, Eleanor, with Jim Clark and the Sadler 32 "Amrita" second, and Paul Chaplin in his first class eight "Oink" in third. Donald was also a very creditable third in the Regatta and showed that he and his crew are now a formidable force at Nairn in all wind and sea conditions.

There was further racing on the Sunday, with the Taylor Tankard up for grabs. Again, it was Donald Harcus and his well honed crew in Eleanor who stole the show. Donald led from the very start in much lighter airs and flatter seas than the previous day. The course took the fleet over to the fairway buoy marking the approach to the Cromarty Firth. No-one was going to stop Donald as he turned up the heat on the rest of the Nairn fleet, winning by a handsome margin, with Jim Clark in Amrita in second place and Ken Killham in his Ovni "Alouette" in third.

The entry fees for the Nairn Regatta weekend are being donated to the RNLI, and Nairn Sailing Club extends thanks to all those who made the effort to sail from sister clubs of the MYA.

Photos HERE.

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