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Strangford duo to feature at West Highland event

24th March 2009

West Highland week is planning a big Scottish welcome for its usual crop of Irish competitors. Class 6 was last year dominated by the Irish duo of Stevie Andrews of Strangford Lough YC, with his Contessa 33 Penelope Pitstop and the skipper partnership of Shields and McClenaghan of Carrickfergus SC with Slippi Jin that triumphed to win the class by a strong margin. Mike McKeown’s Granada Regina Manana from Carrickfergus SC also raced in this class. And Mike Spence’s Auchambault A 35 Le Basculer had some good results in Class 1

The Adair’s Enigma from RUYC campaigned in Class 3 last year and Anthony Clendinning of Coleraine YC raced his Sunfast 32i Warrior in Class 5.  Another well known regular at WHYW is the Contessa 33 Gumdrop with Derek Gilmore of Kircubbin SC at the helm. The Irish Sigma 33s have been dominated by Robin Armstrong’s Signet, Steve McWatters’ Ay Caramba! And John Lowry’s Wardance, although John didn’t make last year’s event. Fred Mahood of East Down YC has also been a stalwart supporter of the event in the past with his Hydro Rampart although didn’t compete in 2008. Entries also came from Rod Scullion of Coleraine with his Westerly Legless, Gregg Taylor’s Blue Squirrel of RUYC and Peter Bullock’s El-Torro. As well as the mix of passage and round the buoys racing based around Oban and Tobermory, the fleet race race Round Lismore on Monday August 3 – an ever popular circumnavigation.

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