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Second win for National 18 in RYA Scotland Champion of Champions

by Marc Turner 24 Oct 2016 08:50 BST 22-23 October 2016

The best Scottish dinghy sailors across sixteen dinghy classes took part in the RYA Scotland Champion of Champions Trophy at Largs Sailing Club over the weekend. The different classes of boat compete together, from junior to senior class champions they race to determine which class and crews are best.

The National 18 Ultra had the strongest set of results over the five races, winning three races in total under the Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system. As one of the largest boats in the fleet it required a three man crew, helmed by Stuart Urquart and crewed by his brother Richard Urquart and Martin Cruden all from Findhorn YC on the Moray Firth.

Stuart Urquart, who previously won the championship in 2013 commented.. "It's been a great weekend, very cold this morning but once the wind settled in we had three good races. Good for a Sunday." He continued. "It has been fantastic to win the event and well worth coming down. We thought it was a very well run event, but challenging for Race Officer today and the three races were very enjoyable."

The local easterly breezes proved unsteady and at times brisk but rarely from the same direction. The race committee were forced to abandon the third race scheduled on Saturday after a memorable first race in almost perfect conditions of 12-15 knots. Racing started later than schedules on Sunday as a colder northerly breeze remained indecisive on a bright crisp autumnal day.

Calum Bell returning to the Topper class after his first few events in the youth 420 class earlier in the year managed to climb to 2nd overall and was the first single handed dinghy at the event. All the winter training in the Largs Channel clearly proved very useful for the conditions over the series.

He said. "I'm surprised and pleased with the result. I didn't know what to expect as you don't know what your result is until the very end. I had to remain disciplined and keep trying harder as you can't compare yourself to the other boats in any way. Hopefully I'll try it in the 420 next year."

Viola and Micheal Scott, sailing their Osprey, managed to claim third place after a consistent set of the results, with last year's winner David and Ian Kent sliding to 4th overall.

This longstanding trophy is an invitational event based on Scottish Championships and traveller series results throughout the season. RYA Scotland support and number of class racing initiatives including class grants that aid towards training and coaching. If you are interested about finding more about class support please visit the RYA Scotland website here.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewPYR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stNational 18 Ultra407Stuart UrquhartRichard Urquhart910‑211215
2ndTopper47836Calum Bell 13414‑1741312
3rdOsprey1314Viola ScottMichael Scott942526‑9215
4thHURRICANE 5.9 SX458David KentIan Kent69916115‑1423
5thRS 4001370Neil MclellanAndy McKeown94399.523(RET)23.5
6thRS 4001362James SinclairBen Wilcox943‑10587424
7thOsprey1281Alan HendersonAlastair barrie942877‑10.5729
8thSprint 151491Hugh MacGregor 9313‑163131534
9thEurope373Bess Homer 1145‑1713124534
10thOptimist6337Alastiar Coombs 1665‑184148935
11thRS 300416Neil Beveridge 97911.53‑1716636.5
12thVortex1181Angus Winchester 9317‑195171140
13thSolo5613Stuart Gibson 11401312106(DNS)41
14thTopper45625Suzie Homer 134116‑21910.51247.5
15thRS 200930Martin FaulknerBill Forsyth10471581314‑1650
16thGP 1413819Duncan GreenhalghShirley Greenhalgh113111.59.5(DSQ)DSQ851
17thOptimist5961Jasmin Robertson 1665‑211416121355
18thCherub2683Phil AndersonCarol Anderson9086‑241518DNF58
19thSolo4672Katie Masterson 1140‑201518151058
20thRS 2001281Alice MeadenCharlie Nunn1047‑23182020DNS77
21stSolo5656Kevan Gibb 11401411(DNC)DNCDNC79
22ndAlbacore6703Crawford ReidCrawford Reid104522‑231919DNS79
23rdSuperNova1108Mark Edwards 10751922(DNC)DNCDNC95
24thRS 100 8.4209Simon Lamb 1004RET20(DNC)DNCDNC99
25thD Zero57Martin Latimer 1033(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC108
25thOptimist6420Scott Forbes 1665(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC108

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