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Loch Long One Design National Championship at Cove Sailing Club

by Leeanne DeVenny 4 Aug 2016 14:05 BST 24-29 July 2016
Loch Long One Design Championship © Shona Shields and Carol Anne Calder

Sixteen boats took part in the Loch Long One-Design National Championships from 24th to 29th July 2016 on the firth of Clyde. The event was hosted by Cove Sailing Club (CSC) and supported by a number of generous sponsors including local businesses and private individuals connected with the class.

The fleet comprised nine boats from the Clyde and seven from Aldeburgh in Suffolk who made the 470 mile trip north to compete on the Loch Long's original home waters for the Clyde Cup – a trophy which dates back to the early 1950's.

The 10 race series got off to a slow start with racing abandoned on the first day as torrential rain killed the breeze. However, better was to come and the rest of the week was sailed in generally moderate winds of 8 to 16 knots which allowed experienced race officer Howard Morrison to set a series of good windward-leeward courses in the mid-firth and Loch Long.

The Clyde Cup was retained by Alan DeVenny in Electra (109) who added to his previous successes of 2006 and 2015. He was crewed by Calum Foulis for the week and the team recorded an impressive four race wins to finish on 14 points and were only once out of the top 4.

Runners up were Class Association commodore Alan MacLeod and crew Erin Maconachie in Pied Piper (20) with 3 race wins and a total of 23 points. Annie Burden helmed Moonshine (102) to a race victory and into third place overall on 32 points with the help of crew Simon Jackson and Malcolm Tucket. The next positions were closely fought, with Alan Harper in Capricorn taking fourth place on 36 points just ahead of John and Catriona McMurtrie in Tarka (117) on 41 points. Both teams secured a race win to take individual trophies.

The top Aldeburgh visitor was Bruce Johnson in Hussar (138) who was crewed by who secured sixth place overall and the traveller's trophy. Special mention goes to Zoe Robinson and Claire Watson on Grey Goose (124) who received the Vanduara trophy for the most improved boat in what was Zoe's first championship on the helm.

Jimmy's Cup for Endeavour was awarded to Jill Leats in Finola who was making her first trip north to compete on the Clyde.

The week was rounded off with a prizegiving and buffet at Cove Sailing Club and Association Commodore Alan McLeod thanked all those involved in putting on such a successful regatta. The championships will next year be held on the River Alde and hosted by Aldeburgh Yacht Club.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameHelmSail NoR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1ElectraAlan DeVenny109173413212114
2Pied PiperAlan Macleod205441251111DSQ23
3MoonshineAnnie Burden102391352666DSQ32
4CapricornAlan Harper666321361855DSQ36
5TarkaJohn McMurtrie1178167843104DSQ41
6HussarBruce Johnson110261154101123DSQ43
7TantrumJonathan Evans13911810236948DSQ50
8WhisperMalcolm Myers671029811751210859
9SonaraKeith Hall92410712131412313263
10SliochM. McNeilage11375141671171512367
11Grey GooseZoe Robinson12491181110914147469
12ElizabethJohn McNeilage3312135101481389570
13Bon AccordKeith Martin6413141569134911DSQ79
14BruichladdichMark Fairweather9014151291215101315691
15IonaJames Powell12115121314151215714996
16FinolaJill Leats231616161516161616167118

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