Killham wins Pelorus by a squeak but Harcus has last laugh
Nairn sailing club completed its championship series by running the Pelorus trophy on Saturday in blustery conditions and with a big swell running on the Moray Firth. The race was very keenly contested with an excellent start with all of the boast crossing the start line within 10 seconds of one another. The race then saw the boats beat out to the Fairway buoy in the middle of the Firth against a fresh northerly breeze and then “fly” home to Nairn on a long spinnaker run. This leg of the race painted a bonny picture with the colourful spinnakers set against the autumn colours of the Black Isle. The choppy waters and fresh breeze suited the heavier Ovni 365 “Alouette” of Ken Killham who just managed to steal first place from the Superseal “Eleanor” of Donald Harcus (only 11 seconds behind on handicap), with the first class 8 “Oink” of Paul Chaplin in third place.
Although Ken Killham won the day, Donald Harcus had the last laugh by taking the club championship series and all in the sailing club offer hearty congratulations to Donald and his illustrious crew.
Maxwell Junior Helm
A “sterling” effort wins the junior helm The Maxwell junior helm was held on Sunday and an impressive fleet of 7 boats turned out in the late summer sunshine to keenly contest what is becoming one of the most popular races in the Nairn sailing club calendar. The very light breeze was an excellent test for the young helms who have been honing their skills all through the summer at the club`s dinghy sailing centre at Whiteness. The distance between the race marks was short and so the boats were sailing close together throughout. This brought out the competitive spirit of the helms, with Rhuaridh Sterling winning in fine style on the first class 8 “Oink”, holding off Cara Rowland in second place on the Superseal “Eleanor”, Amy Cook in third place on the Dragonfly 28 “Flo” and Heather Main in fourth place on the LM Vitesse “Highland Mist”. A big “Well done!” to all of the junior helms who took part- these are exciting times for Nairn with so much young sailing talent coming through the club!