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Sailingfast Scottish Optimist Traveller Series at Largs Sailing Club

by Alex Cogan 3 Jun 2019 19:22 BST 1-2 June 2019
Sailingfast Scottish Optimist Traveller Series at Largs © Brendan Docherty

The final event of the Sailingfast Scottish Optimist Traveller Series took place at Largs Sailing Club on 1-2 June 2019. This event also doubled as the Scottish Championships for both Optimists and Toppers.

Conditions on Saturday were just about perfect with sunshine and a good breeze that was challenging enough for the more experienced sailors but wasn't overwhelming for those just starting to race. Overcoming the strong tide was a key factor in getting a good start and it was tricky for sailors to stay on the line. Rory had a great day coming first in all four races with James and Alex just behind.

Sunday brought torrential rain and strong winds. There was a short postponement as it was difficult for the committee to lay the course in these conditions. After launching conditions gradually improved throughout the day. There were still strong gusts however and some of the newer sailors retired a bit early.

Brothers James and Rory fought it out with Rory winning in two of the three races. Alex was consistently third with William coming in forth. Tess sailed consistently and was top girl with Macy second and Cara third. Overall Rory was a well deserved first, also winning this year's Scottish Travellers Series. Ruaraidh was first junior.

A massive thank you to Largs Sailing Club for a fun weekend. We were made to feel very welcome. The Largs team on the water provided excellent photo and video coverage of the sailing via WhatsApp throughout the weekend so all on shore could keep fully up to date. The pasta and sweets after sailing were really appreciated. Thank you to the race office and all volunteers for running a great event and to Sailingfast for sponsoring us.

The Scottish Optimist fleet are looking forward to a variety of events including the chance to try some different boats at the transition weekend at Loch Venachar on 8-9 June 2019 and to the IOCA UK National Championships at WPNSA this summer.

Optimist Results:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st6156Rory GIFFORDRoyal TAY11111‑216
2nd6503James GIFFORDRoyal TAY2‑43221212
3rd6269Alexander COGAN SIVARAJANCCCDS322‑433316
4th6420William OKEEFELoch Lomond6‑76344427
5th6220Ruaraidh DOCHERTYLoch Venachar SC45555‑6529
6th5088Tess CROOKSPrestwick534‑765730
7th5934Ben HOMERDBSC76768‑9943
8th5687Ruairi HERRINGTONLargs SC8118‑1277647
9th205Macy LAWToward SC109‑11998853
10th5894Andrew PERRATTHSC / RNCYC9891010‑111056
11th6005Finlay DAVIDSONDBSC12101081110(DNC)61
12th5413Cara RUSSELLLargs SC1112(DNS)11DNCDNCDNC76
13th5530Charlie MCNICOLLargs SC13(RET)RETRETDNCDNCDNC83

Topper Results:

PosSail NoHelm NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st47491Tom MITCHELLRoyal TAY YC‑11111116
2nd48582Jamie BRIGGSLSC‑522232213
3rd48264Eilidh MCQUEENHelensburgh SC2‑54423419
4th48085Ellise FITZGERALDLARGS363‑1254526
5th46521Jasmin ROBERTSONNairn / Findhorn67(RET)346329
6th48366Max VELLALARGS8‑148565638
7th47825Morven WOODCCC Dinghy Section7‑105697741
8th47645Jamie MCKEATINGDalgety Bay SC4361113‑141148
9th47503Ben HALELVSC9479‑1091048
10th48100Oliver BULLChanonrySC‑1091010710854
11th48368Henry SMITHWest Riding SC14‑15147118963
12th40212Anna MILLERAnnandale SC12111181211‑1665
13th48624Ben URQUHARTDalgety Bay SC1513915812‑1872
14th46593Robbie LITTLEFIELDHelensburgh SC1381313‑16131272
15th43842Finlay HERRINGTONLargs SC1117121414‑201381
16th30658Emma VELLALARGS17‑201718171814101
17th47344Eloise NOBLEAnnandale SC1612151620(DNC)DNC105
18th47120Finley BRIGGSLSC181618‑19181619105
19th20881Luca DE JONGLSC20‑221917191717109
20th2Callum HOUSTONLargs SC‑21191621211920116
21st44435Fraser LAWRIELARGS(DNC)DNCDNCDNC151515123
22nd139Eve MCPAKELargs S.C1918202022(DNC)DNF125
23rd46272Callum RUSSELLLargs SC22212222(DNC)DNCDNC139
24th45966Louise RUSSELLLargs SC232421(RET)DNCDNCDNC146
25th33Rebecca SHEARERCastle Semple SC242323(RET)RETDNCDNC148

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