Friday, 1 August 2014

West Ardnamurchan Regatta 2014

It may seem the wrong way round to start a report on today's West Ardnamurchan Regatta with a group picture of the winners, but it sums up the day.  A huge number of races, for all ages and interests, were run - witness the number of cups, salvers, shields, mugs and medals on display; the event was greatly enjoyed by all - witness the smiles; and the weather, after last year's gale wrote the event off, behaved impeccably - witness the sunshine and fluffy cumulus clouds.

The weather started brightly, if a little grey, but provided a brisk breeze for the early yacht race.  The competitors are seen here shortly after the start.

When the inshore events began at 10.30, it was soon apparent that the kayaking races would be the most popular, with some races attracting up to nine competitors, some from as far away as Holland.

But the more traditional rowing races still attracted entrants, with some of the younger competitors giving the older and more experienced a good run for their money.

We had some close finishes, which brought the large crowd of spectators to their feet, and we enjoyed....

....some lighter moments, such as the annual raft race which was won by what was clearly a boat.

The last event was the power boat race, a spectacular display of horsepower which sent a large flock of geese screaming into the air.  Picture also shows the RNLI lifeboat, which came over from its base in Tobermory and sent its y-boat ashore to pick up those who wanted to look round.

To return to the prize giving, this picture shows Regatta chairman Alasdair MacColl organising the draw for the very successful raffle which raises money for next year's regatta.  Alasdair, his committee and their many helpers have, once again, run a thoroughly enjoyable and successful day, giving a great deal of pleasure to a great many people.

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