Out of the 17 selected sailors invited to the event three are Scots, Luke Patience (470) Charlotte Dobson (49erfx) and Anna Burnett (NACRA). With it being a dummy run for the Olympic Games starting at a similar time the following year all sailors will be pushing for a medal to support selection for the 2020 Olympic Games. If the individual class European results are anything to go by there is going to be some tight racing for all.
Following in their footsteps are our Youth Sailors who have been working tirelessly in Scotland over the winter, training and competing nationally and internationally to make their mark within their individual classes.
Ewan Wilson and Crew Finn Armstrong double GBR Youth National Gold medallists put their all into their return appearance at the 2019 Youth World Championships hosted in Gdynia. With an extremely competitive fleet the boys walked away in 5th position with their heads held high after punching in a number of fantastic top 3 race finishes.
Galicia, Spain was home to the 420 class for their European Championships. 1st British Team in 18th overall were Calum Cook and RYA Scotland Elite Team member Calum Bell who mentioned they were delighted with their result in the open gold fleet, with some good results and better consistency than we achieved at the Worlds in Portugal after a few boat breakages, leaving them on 39th overall. Accompanying them out in Portugal for the World champs was Rebecca Coles and Helm Jess Lavery who came away with a top 10 finish supporting GBR 2019 World Champions Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle.
The fun does not stop there. The Laser class took their racing out to Kingston, Canada for the Class Youth World Championships. Out of the 4 Scots competing the stand out result went to Christine Wood who has punched through an important and successful year at school whilst continuing to dedicate herself to sailing at the highest level. The hard work paid off with an 11th place overall, 1 point off the top 10 she finished up with a big smile on her face 2nd GBR boat.
Our Laser sailors have also been busy on home waters with the UK Laser Nationals running out of Largs Sailing Club. Prior to the event we hosted some performance summer camps to spend time gaining additional knowledge of the venue, whilst embedding key learning from over the winter playing in the some fantastic conditions (5-24knts & 18+ degrees) on the Firth of Clyde. The National event finished with three Scottish sailors across the Laser radial and Standard fleets finishing in the top 5.
Gordon Cogan Sivarijan finished 3rd in the Laser Radial fleet with Scott Forbes close behind in 4th, while Lewis Smith finished 3rd in the standard fleet.
Lewis Smith commented on leaving the water. “Went into the last day lying in 2nd place and had to work back through the fleet in both races after having had to duck the whole the fleet in race 8, then picked up a yellow flag in the final race. I managed to claw back in both races, so felt really pleased with my sailing. It was quite marginal conditions at time, so the race team did very well getting the series in.”
Next event at the bustling Largs Sailing Club were the Topper which saw podium positions across the class splits with Tom Mitchell from Dundee finishing 2nd overall with Jasmin Robertson from Nairn SC finishing 3rd female in the Topper gold fleet and while down in Pwllheli, Wales, the 29er Nationals took place.
After a successful year of transitioning classes we will have 5 new teams competing in the 29er and putting together a full race series for the first time. Calum Bell and Ben Ibbotson finished just inside the top ten, which was impressive for the first event.
These sailors all took part in our summer transition weekend which aims to involve young sailors 1-2 years before they would move away from junior sailing, to give each individual the time to make an informed choice and build relationships with other transitioning sailors, creating more stable partnerships.
If you are interested in getting involved get in touch with the RYA Scotland Performance Team or visit here for more details.