Competitors and sponsors have been full of praise for organisers after a busy Largs Regatta Festival weekend.
Over 100 keelboats and dinghies took part in the two day racing, culminating in the ever-popular Round Cumbraes Race. This year's racing was as challenging as always with light winds across the weekend resulting in a shortened day on Saturday.
On Saturday, IRC class 1 leader over the two races was Jonathan Anderson's J122 El Gran Senor followed closely by the Swan 40, Sloop John T (I and G Thomson) with sponsor Greg Pitt on board. A consistent performance from the Egythene 24 Crystal Clear (C McGaughey) gave them a win in IRC 2. In the Etchells one design class second sponsor Coastworks steered Excalibur into equal first with Dom Todd's Hammer of Ashton. The only boat to finish in the CYCA Restricted Sail class was the classic Fife yacht Piccolo (M Maiden). In the dinghy classes the good turnout of D Zeros dominated the results with Alistair McLaughlin taking top prize, with the RS200 sailed by Robbie Burns and Vicki Simpson leading the bravo fleet.
With Sunday's Round Cumbraes Race baking in 28C, the faster lighter boats managed to short tack their way up the island shore to round the north end of the island and pull ahead of their rivals. However as they rounded the south end of the island and closed the Ayrshire shore the wind died away completely causing the majority of the fleet to park up, allowing the slower boats to make up time against their handicaps. Again the Cumbrae shore was the place to be to catch what little air there was and so fortunes and positions changed dramatically on corrected time.
Yacht of the Weekend was awarded to Old School (G Galbraith) dominating Class CYCA 4 with Alastair McLaughlin taking the Dinghy of the Weekend Trophy as well as the overall best performance prize.
Full results available at https://largsregattafestival.com
Huge efforts were made to the shoreside element of the Festival to create a full and varied itinerary of entertainment. Provided in partnership with Scotts Largs (Buzzworks Group), the Race Village was a hive of activity all weekend with food, drink, live music, cocktail tastings and more.
This is the second year of Scotts' sponsorship with their efforts proving to be a resounding success according the participants, competitors and race organisers alike.
The event is hosted in partnership between Largs Sailing Club, Scottish Sailing Institute, Fairlie Yacht Club and Largs Yacht Haven.
It is sponsored by Saturn Sails, Scotts Largs, Coastworks and Arran Malt Whisky.