"As before, Mr J H Thom headed the Scottish Islands class; he won with Gigha last year, and this time has repeated with another and older boat, which shows that it is the man who counts." The Field.
The Glasgow Herald:-
"Mr J H Thom scored a success in Westra, with which he tops the list in the Scottish islands class with 29 flags in 38 starts. His prizes include the Bryce Allan Cup and the No 2 Tarbert Cup."
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The Official Results:-
Starts 1st 2nd other total
Westra- J H Thom 38 20 4 5 29
Sanda- James Buchanan 35 6 11 6 23
Cara- J M Christie 31 4 11 2 17
Bernera- R K Sharp 34 2 6 7 15
Stroma- Geo Nisbet 38 2 1 8 11
Iona- J B Whyte 19 3 2 3 8
Fidra- A R Keith Thomson 38 1 3 4 8
So we can see that William Russell has sold Sanda to James Buchanan, who has in turn sold Iona to a newcomer to the class, J B Whyte.
A major event in the calendar was the Tarbert Cup Races, held over the first weekend of August. Westra's victory in the No 2 Cup was the first time an Islander had won. Herbert Thom had built a reputation as a heavy weather helm and he was in his element in this demanding race. The Glasgow Herald again:-
"There was a fresh breeze from the south-south-west, with very hard squalls and heavy rain in Loch Fyne. The conditions gave the yachts a hard beat from Hunters Quay... The second division racers found the conditions quieter in the Kyle of Bute than in the firth.....they had a keen race in hard squalls to the finish."
|Westra and Sanda|
|a close race|
|Cara, Bernera, Westra and Stroma|