Old Pulteney Mudhook Regatta, day one

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Despite pressure from a tightly drilled RC35 fleet, Now or Never 3 held all opposition at bay for an overnight lead after three races in the Old Pulteney Mudhook Regatta on the Clyde.

The Fairlie Yacht Club MAT 10.10 with Neill Sandford at the helm was pressed hard by a very closely matched field of nine in a moderate but steady breeze, but the crew kept a steady nerve to post three firsts from three starts.

Particularly keen to challenge at all opportunities was Charlie Frize’s Corby 33 Banshee, helmed by Bill Crichton, which, despite taking line honours in races one and two, did not manage to put enough distance across the water between them and Now or Never to convert these into corrected time wins.

The race committee didn’t always have the easiest time of it, initially seeking breeze off Helensburgh – but the wind proved to be shifty and, after an hour and a half of postponement, steady conditions filled in further out into the Clyde near Kilcreggan, and three good windward/leeward races were contested.

A total of 25 yachts competed across five classes and there were plenty of battles elsewhere to contend with

The six-strong Etchells fleet is dominated with three firsts by Geoff Howison’s Hero with Billy Russell at the helm, though the racing was closer than the three wins would suggest and Tom Lang and crew on Defiance pushed them very hard throughout.

Elsewhere, the IRC3 and CYCA classes combined and Nick Marshall’s J92 Satisfaction took both the across-the-water victories and converted them to elapsed time wins.

The regatta concludes with two races tomorrow (Sunday June 18).

Results after three races day one Old Pulteney Mudhook Regatta, Clyde: RC35 – 1 Now or Never 3 (N Sandford) 3 points, 2 Banshee (C Frize/B Crichton) 6, 3 Triple Elf (R&C Murray) 11; IRC3 – 1 Satisfaction (N Marshall), 3 2 Edgy (D Paton) 6; CYCA – 1 Satisfaction 3, 2 Happy (I MacDonald) 7; Etchells – 1 Hero (G Howison/B Russell) 3, 2 Defiance (T Lang) 8, 3 Mayhem (N Bell) 12; Sonar – 1 Carpe Diem 5, 2 Siglet 5.

About Old Pulteney


Old Pulteney is one of the world’s finest and most distinctive single malt Scotch whiskies. Known as the ‘Maritime Malt’, it is crafted in the windswept coastal town of Wick, home to the Pulteney Distillery which is one of the most northerly on the Scottish mainland. The distillery was established in 1826 in the heart of 'Pulteneytown', the town created to house fishermen during Wick’s famous herring boom which drew a fleet of over 1000 boats and 7000 workers to this remote and rugged harbour.

Old Pulteney is the embodiment of this place, its people and its remarkable history. The skilled Pulteney distillery team continue to craft their whisky using the most traditional and time-honoured techniques that most others have long abandoned. This includes the uniquely shaped Pulteney stills, which are reflected in the design of the Old Pulteney bottle on shelves today.

Matured in hand-selected oak casks, the resulting whisky has been acclaimed for its excellence, its smooth drinking style and faint hint of the sea. Old Pulteney holds the coveted title of ‘World Whisky of the Year’ for 2012 in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible – one of the industry’s highest accolades – as well as ‘World’s Best Whisky’ for its 1989 Vintage at the World Whiskies Awards 2016. The whisky also achieved top ten status in the UK single malt market in 2012 and is part of International Beverage, 2017’s Icons of Whisky Scotland Distiller of the Year.

Old Pulteney continues to celebrate all things related to its maritime heritage and is renowned for its long standing support of sailing adventure across the globe.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 June 2017 )