Please select your home edition
Edition
Ovington Boats - VX One

RC35 Celtic Cup 2019

by Robin Young 23 Aug 2019 13:15 BST
Storm at the Pelle P Kip Regatta © Marc Turner

The consistently well-sailed Storm from HYC has retained the RC35 Celtic Cup in 2019. The four-event championship was hard fought between fourteen boats in the competitive Scottish RC35 fleet and Storm were chased hard by the Scottish boats Animal and Jacob VII in second and third respectfully.

The championship started with the Scottish season opener at Kip Regatta where Animal got off to a great start in trying to wrestle the cup from Storm with a first place. Storm were never far behind in the light wind event with a second place and Blue Jay performing well in third.

The second round was the ever popular CCC Scottish Series in Loch Fyne. A wide variety of conditions saw all fourteen boats competing over a mixture of courses. Chimera sailed an excellent regatta, not only securing the class victory, but the overall prize as well. They were pushed all the way by fellow Irish boats Storm, Hi Jacker and Something Else. A second runners up position gave Storm a little breathing room going into the third regatta but it was close behind them.

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta was the third event in the series. Seven Scottish boats made the bi annual pilgrimage south to Dublin Bay to compete in the internationally recognised event. They joined four other local boats competing in the Celtic Cup and another fifteen boats in the exciting Class 1. Storm secured an excellent third place overall in the hyper competitive Class 1 fleet meaning they were the first of the Celtic Cup boats, further extending their lead. Animal, Jacob VII and Triple Elf followed them, keeping the race for the remaining podium positions close.

A pretty wild forecast lead to a reduced fleet competing in Pwllheli for the Spinlock IRC Welsh Championships, the final event in the Celtic Cup. Scottish boats Triple Elf and Jings still made the journey and were treated a windy and exciting regatta. Close racing between the two boats eventually saw them finish second and third in Class 1. If not for a UTD in the last race it would have been a victory for Triple Elf!

The RC35 committee sum it up well: "Overall it was a great Championship and it is fantastic to be able to add an international angle to the class and showcase the close competitive racing we are enjoying with the RC35 Class in Scotland. Watch this space for the schedule announcement for 2020."

Combined Results:

PosBoatTeamKipScot.DLWelshPts
1STORMPAT KELLY231DNC6
2ANIMALKEVIN AND DEBBIE AITKEN172DNC7
3TRIPLE ELFCHRISTINE AND ROBIN MURRAY684111
4CHIMAERAANDREW CRAIGDNC16DNC11
5JACOBJOHN STAMP753DNC12
6BANSHEECHARLIE FRIZE495DNC13
7BLUE JAYJOHN STANELY‑WHITE3117DNC14
8JINGSROBIN YOUNG5108215
9HIJACKERSTUART CRANSONDNC2DNCDNC17
10TANGAROADES AND ELIZABETH BALMFORTH96DNCDNC19
11SOMETHING ELSE BRIAN AND JOHN HALLDNC4DNCDNC19
12BLACK PRINCE TERRY KIRCHIN814DNCDNC23
13NO WORRIES JIM DERVIN10139DNC23
14ADELANTE RICHARD BOTLON AND RODEGER CHAMBERLAINDNC12DNCDNC27