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Cape Cutter 19 rally 2018 – day 7 – Return to Largs

The final day of the Cape Cutter week was to have been a good sail across open water around the back of Bute to Largs. However the weather had other ideas. Just like our regatta, the warm settled weather was coming to an end, but in the meantime, there was no wind.

We passed the day under motor and were able to get a little help from our sails as we traveled south, but they were no use at all once we rounded Garroch Head at the southern end of Bute.

The motor was very pleasant in the sun with plenty of wildlife to spot- porpoise, dolphin, gannets, razorbills and guillemots.

Many of the fleet hauled out today, whilst a number are staying on to enjoy some sailing.

Official proceedings were brought to a close with a celebratory meal as guests of Largs Sailing Club, where we were treated to another wonderful meal. Organisers Gary and Malcolm presented prizes and were thanked by one and all for their stirling efforts in organising this most enjoyable rally.

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Cape Cutter 19 rally – day 6 – Loch Fyne

Thursday was race day for the Cape Cutter fleet. We awoke to grey misty weather and the light wind was forecast to drop during the day, so an earlier start was called for. The race was to be from Portavadie, some 8nm up Loch Fyne to Otter Ferry.

Andrew, skipper of Ladybird acted as race officer, with young Josh blowing the countdown hooter.

The fleet divided in two, with some choosing to sail off the shore to the deeper water, on the hope of cleaner air as well as fair tide; the rest, meanwhile chose the short distance closer to the shore, dodging the fish farms.

As the race drew on, the wind dropped away and the prize position would go to the skipper that could find the gusts.

First to round the starboard buoy marking the finish was Dennis, solo skipper of Mary Ann. The next three years places were closely taught and went to Ladybird, Cape Whisper and Sapphire.

Racing done, we repaired to the excellent pub at Otter Ferry, which has convenient moorings and a jetty for visiting boats.

By the time we had begun the homeward leg, the wind had died to the faintest whisper, so it was motorsailing to our overnight berth at East Loch Tarbert.

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Cape Cutter 19 rally – day 5 – Portavadie

We were greeted by the most glorious morning on our mornings at Kame. We had passed a most peaceful night and the water was glassy smooth.

We all made a leisurely start, waiting for the wind to fill in, rowing ashore, swimming or just sunbathing.

The boats departed one by one. Some left as soon as a zephyr of a breeze appeared and other waited for the breeze to fill in further. Those that left early got the best of it and slowly rounded Ardlamont Point into Loch Fyne.

Later boats ended up in very light airs, motoring between puffs to find some wind.

Having passed into Koch Fyne, the fleet had a very pleasing reach for about three quarters of the way to Portavadie; however the wind just stopped like a fan had been switched off. Perhaps the wind farms could turn electricity into wind for the benefit of sailors in such situations?

Portavadie is a new marina, sitting in a basin carved out of the granite. The facilities are very good and we enjoyed some well earned cool beers and a lovely meal to round off the day.