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Hyde Sails Scottish and Northern Skiff National Championships at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club

by Jono Shelley 1 Oct 2021 12:30 BST 25-26 September 2021
Start line during the Hyde Sails Scottish and Northern Skiff National Championships at Dalgety Bay © Glenn Halstead

A fitting climax to the Northern and Scottish Skiff series took place at Dalgety Bay Sailing Club on 25/26th September, which was also the final event to conclude the Musto Skiff UK Hyde Sails Series.

Skiff sailing in Scotland is in 'rude health' with 20+ boats regularly at events, including this one. The stakes were high - there were 3 major titles and trophies to be won and a good number of the big guns were in town. Up for grabs was:

  1. The UK Hyde Sails Series title - an overall prize and the winning title for the first placed Musto Skiff across 6 national events (including the UK National Championships). Going into the event, Andy Tarboton had a narrow lead from Jono Shelley, and a large chasing pack led by Jamie Hilton.

  2. The Scottish and Northern Skiff Nationals trophy - a standalone trophy for the first placed mixed skiff in this nominated event (on handicap). Anyone in the fleet could win this, and whilst dominated by Musto Skiffs, a number of 29er's and a Cherub were up for spoiling the party.

  3. The Scottish and Northern Skiff series title - for the best placed skiff in 4 out of 6 2021 events. Jono Shelley led heading in, from Jamie Hilton, and Ben Schooling.
The club and conditions delivered in spades. A massive thanks to Dalgety Bay Sailing Club and all its volunteers who put on the event led by PRO Peter Taylor.

Race Day 1

Day 1 provided an incredibly close 4 races into the late afternoon in 7-14 knots, strong tide, and shifts that gave many place changes. Jamie Hilton proved he was once again 'the thinking man's sailor' in the tricky conditions, commanding a slim lead with a discard overnight with a 1,2,(6),2 over Andy Tarboton, with 2,1,2,(3).

Jono and Ben Schooling picked up the other bullets to just about hang in there overnight. Others in the chocolates included Euan Hurter, Rob Richardson, Brian Greensmith, and the consistent Cherub of Phil and Carol Anderson.

The night was a big one, and the social was strong, involving an excellent all-comers curry followed by a Robbie Wilson fire pit over a flat calm and illuminated Forth - a thing of legends.

Race Day 2

At the dawn of Day 2 the breeze was up, gusty, and shifty, but the water was flat and the sun was shining. It was a 'full flat wiring and in the foot loop' kind of day. The show-down was on.

First blood went to Jono who rounded first and gybe-set into a gust to maintain a good gap from the pack to win race 5. Tarboton hit back and comfortably took race 6 after a number of lead changes in the opening laps. In the final race, the breeze notched up further and pretty much everyone swam trying to nurse the boats around the course, but out of the spray came who else but Ian Turnbull, who is clearly brave and nuts in equal measure. He fully sent it downwind where others didn't dare and came out with a much-deserved bullet in race 7. It was time for home.

Final Results

Overall scores on the doors put Tarboton a deserving first. He did very little wrong across the weekend with slick boat handling and was always fast. He took home the UK Hyde Sails Series title, including a sponsored kite kindly provided by Hyde Sails, and the prestigious Scottish and Northern Skiff Nationals Trophy.

Jamie Hilton took second overall, but Jono in third had done enough to win the Scottish and Northern Skiff Series. Phil and Carol were the first non-Musto, and Morven Wood and Ollie Bull the first 29er.

Hyde Sails also awarded all three podium places a bottle of champagne as part of the sponsored series - a perfect prize to celebrate the end of a great weekend of sailing at Dalgety Bay SC.

With one more event still to go in the Northern and Scottish Skiff series, there is no better time to come and join in.

Dalgety Bay Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stMusto Skiff26Andrew Tarboton 212‑321210
2ndMusto Skiff593Jamie Hilton 1262‑142619
3rdMusto Skiff566Jono Shelley 451111(OCS)325
4thMusto Skiff618Ben Schooling 561‑757529
5thMusto Skiff464Euan Hurter ‑1235538731
6thMusto Skiff274Ian Turnbull 6‑11749.54131.5
7thCherub3218Phil AldersonCarol Alderson8948.5‑9.55842.5
8thMusto Skiff549Rob Richardson 1573676(DNC)44
9thMusto Skiff629Brian Greensmith 3179108(OCS)451
10thMusto Skiff128Chris Morgan 1313‑141312131074
11thMusto Skiff605Robbie Wilson 1012(DNC)DNC43DNC75
12thMusto Skiff500Tom Conway 1110108.513(DNC)DNC75.5
13thMusto Skiff620Steve Robson 14815116(DNC)DNC77
14th29er1908Morven WoodOliver Bulll‑201817121110977
15thMusto Skiff598Ian Escritt 741214(DNC)DNCDNC83
16thMusto Skiff334Rob Trotter 91519151712(DNC)87
17th29er2119Robbie LittlefieldJames Griford19198191511(DNC)91
18thMusto Skiff260Callum Escritt 18141317(DNC)DNCDNC108
19thMusto Skiff526Paul Anderson 1620181616(DNF)DNC109
20thMusto Skiff255Andrew Scott 1716(DNC)DNCDNCDNC11113
21st29er1157Fraser PatrickJonas Elder(DNC)DNCDNCDNC199DNC120
22ndMusto skiff98Alistair Higgins (DNC)DNC161818DNCDNC121

Overall Hyde Sails Series results can be found here...

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