Bad weather may have forced an earlier postponement but there was plenty of action over the week-end when Skye Sailing Club’s Kyles' Cup finally took to the water.
In mixed conditions, the weekend's double legged Kyles' Cup saw three different winners, proving that small keelboat racing is a close business around Skye and Lochalsh.
With larger boats unable to make the rescheduled date, after last weekend's high winds, the way was left for a close battle for the Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust trophy among a fleet in which a boat of 33 feet was the 'big one'.
A 30 mile northbound course, with mark roundings off Broadford, Crowlin, Longay, Scaplay, Raasay and Portree, began just off the community trust's pontoons in Kyle of Lochalsh with a favourable tide making staying on the correct side before the start in a light breeze, the first problem to tackle. And so, as the boats passed beneath the bridge, within talking distance of each other, a day of banter and laughter began as the lead on the water changed regularly. First over the Skye Sailing Club line in Portree was Dei Latis followed at regular intervals over the next 45 minutes by the rest of the fleet. Leg One decided upon handicap saw Emma Kay (J. Bryne) first, Dei Latis (a. Main) second and 6X (J. H. MacDonald) third.
An earlier start on for Sunday's 14 mile return leg caught out the crew of Emma Kay who had some duvet induced technical issues that resulted in them watching the start from a breakfast table ashore. The very light airs meant that their dash to Emma Kay, toast in hand, left them only around 500 metres behind which still proved too much even for them, and their challenge fell away. Close inshore rock hopping became the order of the day off Scalpay to avoid adverse currents with 6X at one point parked atop of a lump they failed to miss, bodies in the water heaving the hull back afloat. Once again Dei Latis crossed the finish line first closely followed this time by Shogun – 6X, the last to finish around 25 minutes later. The leg handicap result; 6X (J. H. MacDonlad), Dei Latis (A. Main), Shogun (B. Langlands).
Hugh MacDonald's 6X were unable to overturn the Leg 1 deficit to Dei Latis so the Kyles' Cup and Talisker Storm Reward went to Alan Main and crew on Dei Latis, a worthy winner after being shorebound for two seasons for work on the hull – even now, the skipper felt it necessary to take two boatbuilders and a plumber with him on the crew just in case! Bruce Langlands' Shogun took third and paid tribute to the volunteers of the Trust and Skye Sailing Club for running yet another very enjoyable event.
For full results of the event follow the link here