Regatta draws to a close with Ragamuffin race

The annual Plockton Regatta fortnight was brought to a close last Saturday with the children’s Ragamuffin race.

A total of 10 boats raced, the most for several years, with Katie Amos leading the field in ‘Eala Bhan’. In second place was Kirsty Gillies (Scorrybreac), while Calum Reid (Rona) took third.

The yacht race which ended the first week of the regatta fortnight attracted nine entrants and was won for the third year in a row by Teo Becu – who had travelled from his home in Argentina – in the ‘Saorsa’.

Second was David Kirk from Kyle (Jigsaw) and third, Brian Firth (Crackling Rosie) from Nairn.
Six boats competed in the Ladies’ centreboard race for the Achwurin Trophy, with Sarah Robertson (Saorsa) crossing the line first only to capsize after being hit by a squall. Lauren Glasgow (Fantas) and Alison French (Laser) were second and third respectively.

The third Plockton Trophy race for local boats saw Ian Hay (Seolta) finish first, with Graham Sharp (Taeping) and Neil MacRae (Rona) second and third.

The following day seven toppers sailed in the second Fossil Trophy race: 1st Iain Bullivant, 2nd Ruairidh Stewart, 3rd Calum Reid. The afternoon saw the postponed long-distance race for local boats with nine starters held in very light winds over a shortened course. First was Rory Amos (Eala Bhan), second Teo Becu (Ajax) and third Colin McAndrew (Sirius).

Tuesday’s action continued with the local boat race for the Ex-Commodore’s Tray. First was Morag Amos (Eala Bhan), with Alexander Mackenzie (Seaforth) second and Colin McAndrew (Sirius) third.
Pouring rain meant the third Fossil Trophy race was called off on Wednesday morning but the fourth and final Plockton Trophy Race went ahead later, with eight local boats starting. First home was Alexander Mackenzie (Seaforth), second Michael Hay (Nan) and third David Hay (Coruisk). As a result, Alexander won the trophy with seven points; second, and winner of the Fred Allen Galleon, was Ian Hay with eight points, and third equal were Graham Sharp and Neil MacRae on nine points.

Following a series of races which attracted 16 boats, the Ulluva Trophy was won by Tristan Southall with 19 points, followed by Terry Kitchen (35) points and James Smith (38). The Sgeir Bhuidhe Trophy for centreboards, with 12 entries, was won by James Smith on five points, with his brothers Robin and Peter following on eight and 14 points respectively.

Thursday saw five toppers compete in the final Fossil Trophy race for juniors, with Calum Reid first, Iain Bullivant second and Ethan Tickle third. As a result the trophy went to Iain Bullivant with four points while Calum Reid was second with six and Alastair Sharp third on 12 points. In the evening seven local boats and eight centreboards raced together for the RNLI Trophy — 1st James Smith (Laser); 2nd Robin Smith (Laser); 3rd Michael Hay (Ffionair).

The annual fishing competition was held on Friday with 11 boats taking part. The winner was Gavin McGhie with 55.5 pounds, consisting of 10 skate the heaviest of which was 10 pounds.

A very well-attended concert and dance in Plockton Hall to the Iain Muir Scottish Dance Band brought Friday to a close, wth prizes presented by David Skilling. Commodore Malcolm Mackenzie thanked everybody for their support over the fortnight and announced Graham Sharp (Taeping) as the winner of the Starter’s Cup. The Junior Endeavour Trophy was awarded to Sarah Robertson from Breakish.
Next year’s commodore will be Fionnlagh Byrne.

Pictured are the main prizewinners