The prizegiving for the Two Handed Race was held on Sunday 5th September, with trophies presented by Ken McClelland, who founded the race in 1988, as a short handed race for keelboats, around Arran (approximately 80 miles) or Holy Isle (approximately 40 miles).
In turn, Ken himself, and his long time sailing partner Tom MacFadyen, were presented with gifts by John Ridley (also, like Ken, a former two-time commodore of Largs SC) and Eileen Rae, Fairlie YC commodore, to recognise their contribution to this long standing and very popular event.
Ken recalled the first event in 1988, 10+ years before Largs SC moved from the John Street clubhouse to the Yacht Haven, when there were only Portacabins on the site, and the briefing was held in a tent, which nearly blew away in the Force 7 wind! With 75 entries, including ocean going catamarans, it was decided to start the race, as of course it is every skipper’s responsibility to decide to start, and continue!
Ken and Tom, firstly in their Impala “Impact”, and more recently their Westerly Fulmar “Mallie”, won their class on a number of occasions, and/or were winners of the “oldest combined age of competitors” category – a century and a half – plus a wee bit!
This year’s event, with 39 entrants, included 9 on the Round Arran course, was held in light and fickle winds, with most boats struggling to get through the Tan, then the Holy Isle fleet were becalmed in Lamlash Bay. Many boats retired; those that finished crossed the line between 2230 and midnight! The Round Arran boats were even later, coming home on Sunday morning between 0023 and 0652! Well done to everyone who completed the course!