Round Bute Race

Two competitors pass Mount Stuart house during the Round Bute Race. (Photo credit: Nora Parkinson and Heather Price)

Two competitors pass Mount Stuart house during the Round Bute Race. (Photo credit: Nora Parkinson and Heather Price)

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The annual Round Bute Race was held on Saturday, June 13, organised by the Isle of Bute Sailing Club.

The club hosted a pre-race cheese and wine reception on the Friday evening for participants and sponsors.

The race itself started with 17 entrants at 9.30am on the Saturday morning, with a 10-knot breeze from the north-west and overcast conditions.

After rounding the admiralty buoy in the bay, the fleet headed south on the east side of the island.

The breeze picked up and soon spinnakers were broken out as the boats ran downwind, and the leading boat, Phantom, rounded the south of the island within 90 minutes.

The fleet then headed north to the inside of Inchmarnock to cross a pre-set timing mark.

Unfortunately the wind died away to a flat calm soon after, and race officer Richard Fairman decided at 4pm to shorten the course so all entrants could return to the club in good time.

The entrants to the race all texted their finishing times at the timing mark at the north end of Inchmarnock Island.

* See this week’s Buteman - on sale on Thursday - for the full report and results of the race.