Responding to the current conditions and recognising the growing popularity of eSailing, RYA Scotland ran the 2020 Spring Champs for Junior and Youth Sailors online. Around seventy sailors did battle with the logistics of getting themselves to their computer/tablet/phone in time for their scheduled heat. With one parent commenting that ‘it was the first event EVER that we have had not been involved with any of the sailor logistics!’. ERO (and RYAS Performance Sailing Officer) Kate Pounder took charge of her first (of many) RYA Events, running thirty five races across the course of the day.
Sailors were split into classes, doing battle for three spots in the Grand Final and competition was fierce. Many of the classes have been organising their own racing in the run up to the event; the training certainly paid off seeing some close racing across the classes.
The event included a Parents/Coaches race which as you can imagine was hotly contested. The prospect of winning a SailingFast Voucher and the kudos of victory drew back into the fold a few blasts from the past. With Tim Ellis (past Performance Manager) and 420 Coach David Kohler competing in the total of twenty coaches and parents.
Lewis Smith (Laser Coach) took the win with a storming start which saw him take bullets in the first three races. Ally Young (Optimist Academy Head Coach) had a consistent series to take second, and a late surge from Tim Ellis saw him take the final step on the podium.
In the Grand Final it was all to play for, with some of the qualifying sailors coming in with a very strong series put together in their heats. However the slate was wiped clean for the Finals and there was much intrigue as to which classes would be doing battle at the top. The overall winner was Mike O’Donovan from the laser class, who made the most of his considerable eSailing experience to take a dominant win. Mike was on the podium at the recent eSailing Youth Nationals and certainly made this experience count in the Finals.
For a summary of the top 3 places in each class keep reading below, and full results are to be found under related documents. Well done to everyone who participated! Each class winner received a voucher from SailingFast and the winner overall received a day of coaching for his club.
Parents and Coaches Race: