Please select your home edition
Edition
Sunsail 2018 January Leaderboard

Edinburgh triumph at the Ceilidh Cup, Scottish Student Sailing Match Racing Champions

by Craig Macdonald, RNCYC 9 Oct 09:06 BST 6-7 October 2018

The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club's Ceilidh Cup, incorporating the Scottish University Sailing (SSS) Match Racing Championship 2018, was held over the weekend of 6th and 7th October. This is Scotland's only match racing event, where competitors face each other in a round robin of one-on-one races in the Club's identical Sonar yachts. It forms part of the RYA National Match Racing Series, the winner automatically qualifying for the finals to be held in Weymouth on 16 – 18 November.

The annual Ceilidh Cup/SSS Match Racing was a "tale of two days" at Rhu this year – Saturday was sunny & dry with a light(ish) breeze, followed by breezy and gusty conditions on the Sunday.

On Saturday, PRO David Denholm, from host club, Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, had his work cut out in the morning in keeping a square windward-leeward course for the 3 flight, round-robin format as the breeze swung between W & NW.

With the wind settling and racing well underway, Miles Jones, from Edinburgh University Sailing Club. showed promise with no losses, and Ali Morrish (St Mary's Loch SC) was going well. Given the forecast for Sunday, good progress was made into the early evening to sail 24 out of 36 scheduled races, with sailing finishing at 5.30pm. Meanwhile, Aberdeen University Sailing Club had completed all 8 of their races, achieving 5 wins, and were awaiting to see how other results would pan out.

Sunday dawned cloudy with light winds, but a quick glance at the weather forecast showed that the weather system was expected imminently from the West, which quickly materialised. With the windspeeds gusting over 20 knots, Flag Romeo indicated that spinnakers were not to be flown.

The final races 12 races of the round robin were completed by noon. With a clear winner of both the student SSS Match Racing medals and the overall Ceilidh Cup, and with worsening weather conditions, the welcome decision was made to call it a day.

Later, Miles Jones and his crew of James Holmes, Jenny Dinwoodie and Hugh Bruidwod were duly crowned Ceilidh Cup and SSS Match Racing winners 2018. Meanwhile, long-term Ceilidh Cup competitor Ali Morrish got closer to the prize, in 2nd place, ranking James Chapman from Aberdeen University Sailing Club by 1 point.

Miles Jones spoke after the event: "It was great to be sailing up in Scotland, after a summer away, despite the mixed conditions. The team sailed well, despite having some tough matches; we look forward to competing at the grand final in a few weeks. Craig and his race team organised and ran a great weekend, and we look forward to sailing the event again next year".

Overall Results:

1st – Miles Jones (Edinburgh University Sailing Club) – 8 wins
2nd – Ali Morrish (St Marys Loch Sailing Club) – 6 wins
3rd – James Chapman (Aberdeen University Sailing Club) – 5 wins
4th – Hector McKemey (St Andrews University Sailing Club) – 5 wins
5th – Sophie Taylor (Strathclyde University Sailing Club) – 4 wins
6th – Craig Macdonald (Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club) – 4 wins
7th – Andy Mckeown – 3 wins
8th – Joe Penhaul Smith (University of Highlands & Island Wind and Wave Club) 1 win
9th – Anthony Douglas (Glasgow University Sailing Club) 0 wins

With thanks to Craig Macdonald, for his continuing support to the Ceilidh Cup and to student sailing, and to Neill Ross for his photographic records.

Related Articles

Multi-Million investment comes to an end
After pumping USD$20million into match racing owner Håkan Svensson now wants out Swedish businessman and passionate sailor Håkan Svensson had a long pedigree of supporting professional sailing when he bought the World Match Racing Tour in 2015. Now after spending three years and tens of millions of dollars transforming the event almos Posted on 10 Nov
WIM Series Finale at Carlos Aguilar Match Race
Twelve of the world's best women match racers set to compete Following a hiatus in 2017 after major hurricanes damaged the island, the CAMR is back and once again hosting the fifth and final event of the 2018 Women's International Match Racing Series (WIM Series). Posted on 8 Nov
Harken International Youth Match Racing line-up
The world's best youth match racers set for Royal Prince Alfred YC The 2018 Harken International Youth Match Racing Regatta will host the World's best youth match racing talents, with competitors coming from across the globe including America, New Zealand, and interstate Australia. Posted on 7 Nov
Swiss International Women's Match 2018
Claire Leroy wins in Ascona Between the 31st of October and the 3rd of November, the world's best female match racers gathered to compete in the Swiss International Women's Match. Despite heavy rain and tricky wind conditions an impressive 66 matches were completed. Posted on 4 Nov
Grand Slam of female sailing starts in Switzerland
World's best female sailors have gathered in Ascona Competing in the regatta we find ISAF world ranking leader Pauline Curtois, representing France, fourth ranked Marinella Laaksonen from Finland and Danish Trine Palludan, ranked fifth. Posted on 31 Oct
New WIM Series event in Shanghai 2019
A new event will be added to the Women's International Match Racing Series next year After a deal made between the WIM Series and the event organizer FarEast Boats, a new WIM Series regatta will be raced in Shanghai in 2019. This is the start of a long-term plan for future events that will take place in China Posted on 27 Oct
U.S. Match Racing Championship
Pearson Potts, Yankee Creole Race Team wins Prince of Wales Bowl The 2018 U.S. Match Racing Champion is a familiar name, as Pearson Potts (Newport, R.I.) defended his 2017 title and became the holder of the Prince of Wales Bowl after tight racing in Chicago. Posted on 22 Oct
Midsummer Match Cup to be held in June 2019
Swedish match racing event introduces new mixed team concept and new venue In June 2019, a new international match racing event will take place on the Swedish west coast. Midsummer Match Cup in Skärhamn on the island of Tjörn will not only introduce a new fantastic venue for professional match racing Posted on 20 Oct
US Sailing to stream U.S. Match Racing on Facebook
Prince of Wales Bowl on the line in Chicago The 51st U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club, features ten talented teams comprised of both men and women skippers and crew, who will race for the coveted Prince of Wales Bowl over three days. Posted on 19 Oct
Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Champs overall
Epic finale comes down to the last race in Sydney In an epic Finals series, the Sharp Australian Youth Match Racing Championship all came down to one race. It was a rematch of the Finals from 2017 with James Hodgson, Harry Hall, Ryan Wilmot, John Cooley & Charlie Gundy looking for revenge. Posted on 13 Oct