21st May 2018
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Irvine’s dinghy on top in Whalsay races

, by , in Sport

THE WHALSAY Regatta was held last week with events throughout the week.

The festivities began on Monday with a parade with the Jarl’s squad, Lerwick Brass Band, floats and marchers.

On Tuesday there was an eela competition and on Wednesday a junior disco, followed by a fancy dress three-legged race. Food was served from a barbeque most days and music was provided every night.

The racing began with the Shetland models on Friday. In the first race, <i>Scunner</i> had a narrow win over <i>Verve</i>. After that <i>Comet</i> had three convincing wins in winds of about 18 knots at times.

Saturday’s races saw some of the best sailing. <i>Solus</i> won all the races and in the final race had a great tussle with <i>Comet</i>. Both crews showed great skill.

In the first dipping lug race, <i>Kontiki</i> won after a tussle with <i>Relentless</i>. <i>Brakkin Wind</i> broke her mast in 18 knot winds.

The second race was again won by <i>Kontiki</i> and in the last race of the day <i>Firedance</i> sailed a great race to win in light winds.

Six boats took part in the dinghy races. The first saw fireball <i>Tidal Fire</i> win by a big margin from <i>Kingfisher</i>.<i>Kingfisher</i> then went on to beat <i>Tidal Fire</i> in the second race. In each race young Jeff Dobson in <i>Ocean Spray</i> was placed third, a good per­formance.

Trophies were presented by Gracie Anderson. Denis Eunson was presented with gifts for 22 years service as a
rescue boat man. He was thanked for his valuable service. The committee would like to thank everybody for their voluntary help.

The full results are as follows:

Hayfield Cup: 1 <i>Kontiki</i>, Laurence Irvine; 2 <i>Relentless</i>, Gary Watson; 3 <i>Firedance</i>, Andy Hutchison.

Quarry Cup: 1 <i>Kontiki</i>, Laurence Irvine; 2 <i>Brakkin Wind</i>, Jim Smith; 3 <i>Firedance</i>, Andy Hutchison.

Anderson Cup: 1 <i>Firedance</i>, Andy Hutchison; 2 <i>Brakkin Wind</i>, Jim Smith; 3 <i>Comet</i>, Laurence Irvine.

Dinghies, race one: 1 <i>Tidal Fire</i>, Scott Nicholson; 2 <i>King Fisher</i>, Laurence Irvine; 3 <i>Ocean Spray</i>, Jeff Dobson.

Race two: 1 <i>Kingfisher</i>, Laurence Irvine; 2 <i>Tidal Fire</i>, Scott Nicholson; 3 <i>Ocean Spray</i>, Jeff Dobson.

Wood and Bruce Cup: 1 <i>Comet</i>, Laurence Irvine; 2 <i>Sarepta</i>, Lowrie Irvine; 3 <i>Skirmish</i>, Johnny Simpson.

Irvine Cup: 1<i> Scunner</i> ; 2 <i>Verve</i>; 3 <i>Teksing</i>.

Peterson Cup: 1 <i>Comet</i>; 2 <i>Scunner</i>; 3 <i>Sarepta</i>.

Garrioch Cup: 1 <i>Comet</i>; 2<i> Scunner</i>; 3 <i>Sarepta</i>.

LHD Cup: 1 <i>Solus</i>; 2 <i>Verve</i>; 3 <i>Scunner</i>.

David Bruce Cup: 1 <i>Solus</i>; 2 <i>Comet</i>; 3 <i>Verve</i>.

Harrison Cup: 1 <i>Solus</i>; 2 <i>Comet</i>; 3 <i>Scunner</i>.
Wartscla Cup: <i>Comet</i>.

Young Skipper at Regatta: Mark Arthur.