Ce na Ri’s spinnaker saved seconds to win

Close racing on the return to Campbeltown.

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Despite a plea for ‘white sails only’ it was Irish yachts flying multicoloured spinnakers which led the way out of Campbeltown Loch.

Slowly but surely the spinnakered sailed yachts pulled ahead and valiant efforts, such as Carna crew member Spencer Ellis’ use of a pole to push out the boats largest headsail, failed to make enough difference.

In the 47th annual Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club v Campbeltown Sailing Club double header’s first round, it was an Irish yacht, Ce na Ri, which won the day in a corrected time of 4236.4 seconds.

Second placed yacht, Campbeltown’s Eureka, used white sails and was just more than two minutes behind in 4359.6861 seconds with another Irish crew 3rd on War Dance 4409.625.

On Tuesday afternoon, Southern Sun skipper, Billy McFadyen, said that he planned to go out and test his asymetric spinnaker in preparation for this Saturday’s racing off Ireland.

The full results are as follows with corrected times in seconds: 1 Ce na Ri 4236.4, 2 Eureka 4359.6861, 3 Silver Lining 4409.625, 4 Carna 4502.4168, 5 Saracen 4517.3016, 6 War Dance 4647.2, 7 Toome Raider 4803.8032, 8 Blue Liz 4816.5, 9 Blue Tarn 4845.384, 10 Odysey 4927.6556, 11 Oisin 4946.382.

Today Campbeltown yachts head across the North Channel to Cushendall.

For further pictures of the weekend’s events see pages 48 and 64.

Highest placed Campbeltown yacht Eureka, which came 2nd, heading for the line, between two Irish boats on the second leg up the loch. 25_c26sailing17 Photos by Geraldine Davey.

Southern Sun skippered by Billy McFadyen, the only yacht which failed to finish. 25_c26sailing24

Campbeltown yacht Carna which came 4th. 25_c26sailing15

Irish yacht War Dance. 25_c26sailing28

The fleet heads for Otterard buoy, the race’s outermost point, with Arran in the background, photographed from Carna. 25_c26sailing44

Close racing on the return to Campbeltown. 25_c26sailing48(2)