Westies Win Boat Race
16th to 18th May 2008
On my 3rd attempt with team Blue Chip, things finally came good with a convincing win at the Scottish Islands Peaks Race partnered by the indefatigable David Riach, and boat skippered by Steven Garrett, ably assisted by Graham and Neil.
David & I jogged round the Oban 4-mile prologue in 5th place, then arrived at Mull 3.5 hours later neck and neck in pole position with HBT runners Donald Naylor and Dan Gay, who then attempted to blow us away on the first road section. In fact then only made 5 minutes on us, as David and I finished the stage in 4:08, and quickly caught and passed their boat Aberzen once back sailing again.
Early Saturday morning, we were 3rd boat arriving at Jura, 10 minutes behind Aberzen and Obedient, but David & I arrived first at the first Pap, Beinn a' Chaolais, and were never caught again.
Arriving later that same day at Arran at 10.30pm, there were no boats in sight behind us. David and I didn't feel too great on Goatfell after the bumpy ride round the Mull of Kintyre, and neither of us had eaten a thing in the last 10 hours since Jura. Somehow we made it up the hill and back to Lamlash by 3:10am, still with a clear lead, and finished in Troon at 8:08am, just over 3 hours ahead of 2nd placed Memec. Giving us just enough time to strip the boat, drink 2 bottles of champagne and polish off a full Scottish breakfast.
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