The final weekend of March saw around eighty boats and boards gathered in the beautiful surroundings of Loch Tummel for the 2019 RYA Scotland Spring Championships. This season opener kicks off the second half of the 2018/19 Scottish Junior Traveller Series with Loch Lomond and Largs hosting the final two events of the series in May and June.

Given the late Easter this year the RYA Youth Championships will take place towards the end of April which meant the Spring’s took place slightly earlier than normal. The glorious spring weather with a moderate breeze and bright sunshine giving perfect conditions during Saturday’s opening races.

 

Competitors were split across two course areas with race officer David Kent and assistant race officer Ann Roy running racing on Alpha course for Optimist, Toppers and Lasers. Numbers where boosted on this course with a strong Topper fleet and with a number of sailors from the North of England joining the Optimist fleet to offer some tight racing for the sailors.

Bravo course hosted the double handed fleet, with race officer Craig Evans setting a windward-leeward course for the 29er’s, 420’s and Feva classes. Conditions gave the new transitioning sailors plenty to think about with bands of sprawling pressure giving plenty of opportunities to make big wins or losses in each leg. With the course parallel to the shore it provided great entertainment for the spectators.

 

As part of the event we ran ‘Super Saturday’, a newly introduced concept looking to keep an element of variety to our events in Scotland. The concept aims to encourage younger sailors, shuffle results, keep the racing exciting and build upon different skills around the race course. The Bravo course sailors really gave it a good go, slalom racing and switching roles from crew and helm, creating organised chaos on the water and a lot of fun. Wait to see what we bring next time...

Sailors awoke on Sunday to a stunning crisp but windless day. The coaching team kept the sailors entertained with a series of activation games before racing was finally abandoned for the day.

 

Of course the event ran very smoothly thanks to the amazing hosts at Loch Tummel Sailing Club and the great band of volunteers that helped throughout the weekend, a huge thanks to all and we hope to see you all on the water again very soon.

A big well done to all our prize winners:

Optimist

1st Male – Rory Gifford, Royal Tay SC

1st Female – Abi Cowley, Kielder Water SC

2nd Male – Alex Cogan Sivarajan, Clyde CC

2nd Female – Sophie Kennedy, AYSC

3rd Male – Liam Boyce, DRSC

3rd Female – Macy Law, Toward SC

Topper

1st Male – Tom Mitchell, RTYC

1st Female –Morven Wood, CCCDS

2nd Male – Connor Kennedy, AYSC

2nd Female – Ellise Fitzgerald, Largs SC

3rd Male –Jamie Briggs, Largs SC

3rd Female – Anna Miller, Annandale SC

Laser Standard

1st Male – Peter Malcolm, Largo Boating Club

2nd Male – Dugal Wilson

Laser Radial

1st Female, 1st overall – Maggie Adamson, Lerwick Boating Club

1st Male – Matthew McLullich, ASYC

420

James Gifford & Ruben Stokroos, Royal Tay Yacht Club

29er

1st Male, Calum Bell & Ben Ibbotson, Helensburgh SC

2nd Male, Daniel Scott & Tom Irving, RTYC

1st Female, Catorina Forester & Evie Tynan, Dalgety Bay sC