Tummel Week 2008

The Scottish series visits Loch Tummel Sailing Club
There was some interesting sailing at a beautiful venue on the shores of Loch Tummel for the final Scottish Merlin Traveller of the season. As weather conditions varied from a flat calm on Saturday to a good blow on Sunday morning, and with white horses on the Loch, many of the handicap fleet went swimming.

As is traditional for the Scottish Traveller series, given the spread of boat ages, the Merlins race off the age-related handicaps, encouraging everyone to join in (thank goodness sighs Garry Rucklidge in number 111). Boats travelled from Wormit, Aberdeen, Invergordon and Chanonry in Inverness for the weekend with two home-based Merlins.

Traditionally also, Hamish Myles and Calum Brebner won the Merlin event, with the rest in some sort of pecking order. The results can be abstracted from the overall Tummel table but to provide six in the fleet of twenty nine was a good showing. A Solo won the regatta overall, with RS400s in second and third place.

The venue is superb and no doubt that this club is doing something right with 17 Optimists and Toppers on the water too in all the conditions. The kids had a great time sailing, or playing on surf boards and 'carties', with the very youngest gathering chestnuts and keeping the family laundry baskets full by virtue of a huge sandpit!

Next year it would be good to see more of you all.

Report: Garry Rucklidge

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