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Animal ‘magic’ lifts top trophy at yachting week

THE TOP trophy at this year’s West Highland Yachting Week (WHYW) was lifted by Rhu-based Jack Aitken on his family’s First 36.7 Animal. With a score of 11 points counting three firsts and four second places, the Aitkens won Class 1 and were awarded the Peter Cocks Memorial Trophy for the best overall performance in the series.

Owned by Jack’s parents Kevin and Debbie Aitken and now in a third season of campaigning, Animal has been a highly successful boat winning many major Scottish regattas.

And having competed in six WHYW events, always with the family, Jack (19) is no stranger to being a winning helm. He is a world-class dinghy sailor and straight after WHYW left to compete in the Laser Standard under-21 World Championships in Germany thereafter heading to Croatia for the European Championships.

Father Kevin Aitken said: ‘Jack was delighted to win both the class and the overall trophy. He’s been training hard in dinghies at Weymouth but loves WHYW – it’s the one event we can always sail as a family and we have competed over the years on Duckwall Pooley, then our Sigma 33 and the first Animal, our Elan 380. We love the event and it’s one that all age ranges can be really involved in with great racing.’

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