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Scottish Youth Series Finale at Prestwick Sailing Club

by Alan Henderson 4 Sep 2012 14:59 BST 1-2 September 2012
Scottish Youth Series finale at Prestwick © Alan Henderson /

The first year of the Scottish Youth Series finished with a bang at Prestwick, on September 1/2. 87 boats came to this open for all junior and youth classes, while some parents also joined in the fun, sailing Lasers or Radials. Competitors briefly tasted the big waves and strong breezes at Prestwick on the Saturday, before being sent ashore in winds gusting 35 kts. By Sunday breezes had moderated a little, giving perfect sailing conditions of sunshine, big waves and moderate to fresh breezes.

Largest fleet was Optimists, with 21 boats, and Hamish Taylor took the first two races to win from Niccolo Vetta. Calum Rosie in Toppers did the same to win from Dougal Wilson, who took the final race. In Lasers and Radials, there were dominant displays by Pete Malcolm and Ian Fitzgerald, winning all three races.

Gillies Munro and Daniel Harris took the 29er class, and still found time to win the prize for best capsize. In the Regatta fleet for young sailors with limited racing experience, Cameron McIntyre won the Toppers, and James Forsyth the Optimists.

The regatta was sponsored by South Ayrshire Sports Council, Bosun's Locker, Fotoboat and Clyde Power.

Overall Results:

Optimist main fleet
1. Hamish Taylor, Clyde CC DS
2. Niccolo Vetta, Annandale
3. Rachel Mawer, Clyde CC DS
Special prize for seamanship: Lewis Forbes, Loch Lomond

Topper main fleet
1. Calum Rosie, Helensburgh
2. Dougal Wilson, Loch Venachar
3. Tom Graham, Craignish

1. Pete Malcolm, Largo Bay
2. David Woakes, Port Edgar
3. Neil Ritchie, Aberdeen & Stonehaven

1. Ian Fitzgerald, Port Edgar
2. Rosalind Dunlop, Largs
3. Ross McLean, Largs

1. Gillies Munro/Daniel Harris, Royal Findhorn
2. Rory & Neil Hunter, Arran Juniors
3. Duncan Hepplewhite/Matt Thomas, Loch Lomond

Topper Regatta fleet
1. Cameron McIntyre, Peterhead
2. Calum Gray, Helensburgh
3. Rebecca Wilson, Prestwick

Optimist Regatta fleet
1. James Forsyth, Helensburgh
2. Scott Forbes, Loch Lomond
3. Gordon Sivarajan, Clyde CC DS

1. Joanna Barrie/Sophie Thomson, Annandale

Laser 4.7
1. Sophie Taylor, Clyde CC DS

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