Surf and turf barbeque greets Irish sailors

Fishing boat owner Tommy Finn's meaty catch of the day.

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Cushendall crews who crossed the north channel in good time on Friday were treated to a meat and salmon feast at Billy’s barbeque.

Last Thursday morning, Campbeltown Sailing Club members, were invited to Billy McFadyen’s barbeque, held on Friday evening, to welcome Irish sailors for the 47th annual regatta with Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club.

One crew from Ireland, sailing Toome Raider, raced into Campbeltown Loch late on Friday evening straight towards the Kilkerran Road garden where their teammates were enjoying the hospitality.

The assembly stood on the bank cheering and clapping as a swift tack was executed, yards from the shore, before the yacht hastened to the pontoons.

Food on the barbeque included two sides of salmon, venison, numerous variations on burgers and pork kebabs.

Irishman Ben Green said: ‘Who organised the weather it was a perfect wind for the sail across.’

Later Mark Ritson added: ‘I first came to Cambelptown for these races when I was 16, that was 45 years ago.’

For more sailing news see pages 18 and 64.

Tommy Rowan, Roland Ritchie and Jim Duffy from Cushendall enjoy the craic. 25_c26sailing08

Masterchef Billy McFadyen skewers a few more kebabs. 25_c26sailing11

Catherine Harman and Pam McFadyen. 25_c26sailing06

Fishing boat owner Tommy Finn’s catch of the day was chilli burgers. 25_c26sailing10

Anne Cousin and Margaret Mitchell. 25_c26sailing07(2)

Campbeltown Sailing Club commodore Michael Foreman, Christina McFadyen and Stephen from Ireland. 25_c26sailing09

Billy McFadyen and Saturday’s race officer Ray Mitchell. 25_c26sailing14

Irish boat Saracen during Saturday’s racing. 25_c26sailing22