Clouds still cover the summit of Ben Nevis - 19.30 - Wednesday 19th

Running Repairs and Revised Results

Wednesday at the race finish has been a quiet day, though the weather is still lively with wind and rain whipping across the exposed position of the Corpach Lock, which is at the end of the Caledonian Canal. Ités a magnificent setting though, with a sweeping view across Loch Linnhe to Ben Nevis. All the yachts which have arrived so far are now safely inside the lock basin, courtesy of the British Waterways Board and making running repairs ready for sailing back to their home ports. Some of them have a very long way to go.

In the early hours of the morning two more yachts came in. 'Farthing' was first to arrive at 00.08 followed by Assent at 01.11 but conditions were terrible. Andy Green, the skipper of 'Farthing' went up Ben Nevis with co-skipper Andy Parkhouse to complete the Tilman Trophy, and Willy Ker, the 77 year old skipper of Assent, set off with Tom White to do the same. Unfortunately, the weather was too much for Willy who quickly got soaked and tired, and unlike the runners wasnét moving quickly enough to keep warm. Fortunately, Tom White is a doctor and he insisted they turn back to turf Laurence Ormerod and Rob Mulvaney out of their sleeping bags and send them up instead.

Sadly for Caol Ila our earlier report of them winning the Tilman Trophy was wrong. They didn't, although they were first boat entered for it to finish. Some peculiar new rules have been introduced for the 25th anniversary including completing a crossword during the trip and handicaps for the age of the boat and the age of the runners. The upshot is 'Stormcruiser' have won the Tilman trophy, mainly as their runners were older.

When they returned there were only 2 boats left out on the water and the first to appear was 'Positive Impact' who arrived at 15.37. As they came down Loch Linnhe with 20 knots of wind Eddie Kitchen took the helm for the final run in to Corpach before Dean Townend and Heath Reilly set off up the mountain. They were cheered by a small crowd as they landed on the pontoon at the lock side and should make the climb and descent of the mountain inside the hours of daylight.

The only remaining yacht now out is 'Mew Gull', which sheltered in Ramsay on the Isle of Man for 36 hours, but is expected to finish this evening and will win the 'Last Inn Cup'. In the previous race the winner didn't come in until Friday and this year all the yachts will have completed by Thursday morning!
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