Lochaber Yacht Club hosts races for disabled sailors

The series of races for disabled sailors always proves popular. Photograph: LYC. NO F35 LYC challenger series
The series of races for disabled sailors always proves popular. Photograph: LYC. NO F35 LYC challenger series

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The weekend saw Lochaber Yacht Club step in at short notice to host a round of the Challenger racing series for disabled sailors.

The Challenger is a trimaran specially designed for disabled people, the three-hulled configuration making a capsize almost impossible. Once afloat the disabled person is truly independent, requiring help only for launching and the recovery to shore.

Although there was a reduced fleet compared to previous years there were five keen travellers looking forward to spending the weekend sailing on Loch Linnhe.

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After a delayed start waiting for the wind on Saturday, three good races took place with a close tussle between the middle three boats. Disappointingly on Sunday the wind failed to return so after a long wait the boats were unrigged with the help of our volunteers who assisted in organising the event.

This annual weekend is always well attended and the visiting crews enjoy their time in Fort William.

A club spokesperson commented: ‘Our Galley team and shore-based volunteers did a fabulous job as always, keeping the hungry crews fed and launching and recovering their boats. A big thank you to everyone involved and we look forward to planning the next event.’

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The series of races for disabled sailors always proves popular. Photograph: LYC.

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