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Spring Championships

Information about the RYAS Spring Championship which was hosted by Loch Venachar SC on 14/15 April 2018, with a note about the transition session.

This event was the first event in 2018 and kicked off the second half for the 2017/18 Scottish Travellers Series which consists of the RYAS Spring Championship (Traveller 4), Traveller 5 on 12/13 May at Bardowie Loch and Traveller 6 on 2/3 June at East Lothian YC.

The event was open to Optimist, Topper, Feva, Laser 4.7, 420 and 29er class dinghies. The Spring Champtionships is a racing event, although coaches are on hand to assist novice sailors in the Optimist, Topper and Feva classes during the event. As the first junior and youth event of the season this was a perfect event to get back into the swing of racing after the winter and, with the coach support, a great opportunity for sailors to participate in their first traveller.  On the Saturday there was a session on transitioning for junior sailors thinking about which youth class they might like to sail.

Full results can be seen on the event mini site by clicking here and please see event report below.

RYAS Spring Champs: Media Report

Hosted on 14/15 Apr 2018 by Loch Venachar SC

The early part of the Easter Holidays saw Scottish youth sailors joined by sailors from across the UK for the RYA Youth Championships hosted by largs from 2-6 Apr. Now was the turn of the junior sailors with over fifty sailors entered for the first Scottish Junior Travellers Series event of 2018.

The wind had obviously blown itself out over the course of a breezy week at Largs and the Saturday of the Springs dawned without a breath of wind. But with a forecast for the breeze to pick up in the afternoon boats were rigged and sailors ready for racing to kick off.

In conjunction with the Spring Championships, RYA Scotland were running a transition day to give junior sailors an opportunity to find out a little bit more about the classes that they might be sailing as youth sailors. This stage is really important as research has shown that a successful transition makes a massive difference to the likelihood of sailors staying in the sport for life. Youth coaches Callum MacDonald, Andrew McGowan and Ali Morrish were on hand to offer advice and information on the youth boats to the junior sailors. A big thanks also to our youth sailors Hannah Scott, Alistair Ferguson, Calum Bell, Josh Hale and Ruben Stokroos who came along to share their experiences of the classes. Some great discussions were had with sailors and parents about transition options and, although the wind didn’t appear in the end, a useful day was had by all.

With no racing possible on the first day Race Officer David Kent brought the start time for Sunday forwards half an hour to give the best possible chance of getting four races in for all classes. Sunday brought with it the spring sunshine and a steady eastery breeze blowing down the loch. All classes were eager to get racing and once the D flat was displayed, the boats surged onto the water and made their way to the west of the club to the racing area.

Optimist Report from the Water

"After a day of hanging around waiting for the wind the fleet got four races in, with some cracking wind throughout the day. To start things off the first start was postponed due to sailors using one of the inner gates marks as the pin end. After this however all starts were clear and all boats were starting on the line which is great to see from the practice throughout the winter academies. Throughout the day all races had multiple lead changes creating some close racing. Connor came out on top with consistency over the four races. The middle of the pack kept fighting to try mixing it up between the front runners. The younger ones in the fleet kept trucking round the course to finish races. With the sun disappearing behind the clouds and temperatures dropping a bit it made it a bit harder for those youngsters to keep warm but were able to hold out before coming in for some warmth. Overall it was a great event for all sailors out on the water and ready for more racing over the season."

Topper from the Water

“In the opening race Tom Mitchell made a strong first beat to sit in first. Orri was also looking strong with a quick upwind in 2nd. An error at the gate from Tom mixed things up but saw him make an impressive comeback back into 1st. The following races saw a dominant display from Tom winning all the races with some tight fought battles happening through the fleet in a perfect strengthening breeze, Orri and Jennifer putting pressure on Tom at the front of the fleet. A fantastic job from the race office saw four close fought races in before close of play and some impressive sailing through the fleet.”


“There is currently a lot of interest in Fevas with new boats due to arrive at Prestwick SC for the season and big numbers accessing the training run by Port Edgar Watersports. Three boats made the journey to Loch Venachar and out on the water the yellow flashes on the sails and brightly coloured kites really made the boats stand out. Catriona and Evie took took the event but didn’t have it all their own way with Alistair and Joe taking a well-deserved win in the final race. Finlay and Emily were showing big improvements from a winter of training at the Academies.”

Laser 4.7

“Many of the sailors where just back from competing at the RYA Youths earlier in the month in the bigger laser radial rigs, so looking to consolidate on the learning from this major event. At the front of the fleet it was a tight battle between Gordon and Scott with Gordon coming out on top in the end. Although top marks to Scott and his pit crew for one on the fastest pit stops to put in the battens ever seen. This got Scott back to the race course in time for the first start but next time probably better to put them in before launching. Great to see five boats at the event with racing tight all the way through the fleet.”

Up Coming Events

Next event of the Scottish Junior Traveller Series is 12/13 May hosted by Clyde Cruising Club (Dinghy Section) at Bardowie Loch.

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