It was good to see the intrepid Rory McKinna of the Clyde Cruising Club travel to Portugal earlier this month to take part in the Hansa European Championships in Portimao.
Over 30 sailors took part in the Hansa 303 singlehanded class, managing 9 races over the competition in consistent sun, until the last day when the fog moved in. Overall 125 sailors in 86 boats took to the Atlantic off the Algarve across the different classes.
Confidence has grown for Rory with continued racing success as he finished in 5th position, improving on his top ten result at the World’s in Spain earlier in the summer. Continuing to learn as much on and off the water during a event-full summer.
“Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed this event in some brilliant conditions with 0% chance of rain.” Commented Rory on the October experience on the Algarve, but beyond the weather the racing on the water is the reason for the visit. As highest placed GB salior he was rightly pleased with his sailing.
“I have noticed the group at the front is getting bigger and bigger and it is not just the two best boats off in front. Lots of places are now being won or lost, even up to the line.”
“The championships were similar to the Worlds, well organised with some very helpful volunteers. And again the sunshine really helps!”
“I was also fortunate this year to be able to use one of six new Hansa UK Class Association boats, which arrived the day before the competion. Fortunately I had a red Hansa, just the ‘Glasgow Bonnet’ which Clyde Crusing Club have so kindly leant me to race in the UK and Europe this year.”
Rory is looking forward to taking his boat along to the Central Para Sports festival at the Peak in Stirling this week, to share some his adventures with Scottish Disability Sport and the guests. Find out more about the event here.
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