It was a busy weekend on the water for the crusier racing racing of Nairn Sailing Club. The Harvey Silver Salver for the best novice helm was held on Saturday, with conditions varying from driving rain and cold winds (from every point of the compass!) to near calm and warm sunshine. The tricky conditions required great concentration from the inexperienced helms and were best mastered by the LM Vitesse "Highland Mist", helmed by Conor Henderson, celebrating his 18th Birthday in fine style. Hot on their heels and in second place was the Sadler 29 "Hilarity", helmed by Taran MacGillivray. In third place was the first class eight "Oink", helmed by Mathew Scott . Special mention is made of Fraser and Mariah Weller, two of the youngest sailors in the race who helmed the Sadler 32 "Amrita" and fought their way to the finish despite suffering from the cold conditions in the later stages of the race. Overall, the race showed the very encouraging sailing talent coming through the club at present, clearly boosted by the active dinghy sailing at Whiteness.
The Lowson Trophy, the penultimate race in the sailing club cruiser racing championship was keenly contested in a fresh westerly breeze, with some strong gusts. The race involved two laps around the club race marks off Nairn and the testing conditions brought out the best in the crew of the Sadler 32 Amrita, helmed to first place by Buchan Main. This was a victory for the fishertown as the helm and crew were all fisher loons. In second place and close behind was the Superseal "Eleanor" helmed by Donald Harcus. Some way back, but clinging on to third place by a narrow margin was the Ovni 365 "Alouette", helmed by Ken Killham. With just one race to go in the club championship, it could not be closer with four points covering the first three boats. So, there`s everything to play for in the last race of the season at the end of the month. Watch this space!