thrilling climax to the 2018 RYA Match Racing season which saw Mark Lees take
the title at the National Match Racing Championship Final, the new and expanded
RYA match racing season is already underway with an increased number of
opportunities for sailors of all levels to get involved and entries now open
for the 2019 Championship.
with Toby Mumford, Toby Yeabsley and Tom Forrester-Coles, took the National
Championship crown for the first time following a nail-biting contest at Queen
Mary Sailing Club with a five-way tie at the end of the round robin.
places in the knock out stages, Christian Hamilton led Lees on a tie break with
Tarra Gill-Taylor in third, Matt Whitfield fourth and Nicholas Wilkinson fifth.
Hamilton, Lees, Gill Taylor and Whitfield all swept their Quarter Final matches
2-0 to take their places in the Semi-finals.
Hamilton beat Whitfield 3-0 to
progress to the final while Lees had a tougher battle against Gill-Taylor,
slipping behind 2-1 before coming back to win 3-2.
Buoyed by that victory, Lees was decisive in
beating Hamilton 2-0 to seal victory in the final.
“It’s been a
long time since we’ve been match racing so it was good to get lots of racing in
on the first day and we spent a lot of time getting better,” said Lees.
were always looking forward to the next race and thankfully we did get better.
Everyone we raced in the knock out stages presented different challenges so
today was the first time we managed to get it all right which was great.”
new season got underway with a double-header at opposite ends of the country:
the Moody Decking Schools Match Racing Championship in Weymouth and Winter
Match Racing 1 in Port Edgar.
led Royal Grammar School Guildford to victory against eight other teams in
strong winds in Weymouth to take the Moody Decking Championship title.
on schools from all over the country, Perkins held a narrow lead at the end of
the first day of competition but was undefeated on Day 2 to take the win. Barty
Gray (Cokethorpe School) was second with James Percival-Cooke (Royal Hospital
School) in third.
At the other
end of the country, eight teams from both north and south of the border were
contesting Winter Match Racing 1 at Port Edgar.
Alison Morrish, one of three
female helms, won all three of her races in the shortened round robin taking
victory over, Brendon Lynch in second, Matt Lloyd third and Sophie Taylor in
All the teams were supported throughout the event by RYA coach Kate
MacGregor who represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Entries are now
open for the 2019 National Match Racing Championship with an increased number
of opportunities to take part on offer.
Three open winter match racing events
will be taking place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in
January, February and March and a women’s winter match racing event has been
added to the programme in March to meet an increased demand from female
2019 will also
see the National Match Racing Championship move to the Royal Corinthian Yacht
Club in Burnham racing in the club’s new fleet of 707s
are available on the RYA website here.