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James Watt Dock Etchells Scottish Championship 2023 at Royal Gourock Yacht Club

by Colin MacDonald 9 Aug 14:52 BST 5-6 August 2023

Royal Gourock Yacht Club hosted this year's Etchells Scottish Championship over the weekend of 5th/6th August which was sponsored by James Watt Dock Marina.

It was hoped to have up to four races on Saturday, however three races were completed in the light and variable wind conditions, apart from one vicious rain squall during race two which provided helms and crews with some challenges!

Races were won by Hero, Diablo and Gelert and the overnight leader was Hero (Geoffrey Howison, Dave Kelly and Euan Cameron) with 5 points followed by Diablo (Steve Cowie, Dane Ralston and Cameron Smith) with 13 points. Mayhem (Ian Marshall, Graham Dixon, Nick Russell) in third place. Notably all three of these boats have previously won these Championships!

After a successful championship dinner at RGYC on Saturday evening for over forty competitors and volunteers, the James Watt Dock Etchells Scottish Championship 2023 continued on Sunday. The forecast was for wind to fill-in from the West after 11:00am and it had been hoped to get two more races to allow each boat to discard their worst result. However, despite the Race Officer's (Rob Brown) very best efforts, only one race was completed in a reasonably steady Westerly wind between 5 and 10 knots.

Eccentric (Colin MacDonald) won the race after the early leader Bounce Back initially went for the finish instead of completing a third lap. Mayhem (Ian Marshall) was second and Gelert (Graeme Galbraith) was third. The overnight leader, Hero (Geoffrey Howison) finished 6th to secure their overall 1st place.

So after four races (no discard), the James Watt Dock Etchells Scottish Championship was won by Hero (Geoffrey Howison, Dave Kelly and Euan Cameron) for the fifth time and third time in a row, (11 points) followed by Mayhem (Ian Marshall, Graham Dixon, Nick Russell) in second (19 points) and Diablo (Steve Cowie, Dane Ralston and Cameron Smith/Willie Russell) in 3rd place (21 points), just pipping Gelert (Graeme Galbraith, Ross McNish, Mark Heuchan) with 22 points.

The Clyde Etchells Youth (18-25) Academy boat Extravaganza helmed by Thomas Goodman, who stood in for Jake Miller at short notice, finished in a very noteworthy 5th place out of the 16 boat fleet.

Many thanks to all the volunteers on the Committee Vessel and mark-laying RIB's. Thanks to Steve Cowie for lending his RIB. Special thanks to Rob Brown for being Race Officer and allowing his boat to be the Committee Vessel. Thanks to the Clyde Etchells Fleet for organising the event and to Royal Gourock Yacht Club for hosting the event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1GBR1175Geoffrey Howison122611
2GBR1009Ian Marshall737219
3GBR1196Steve Cowie2110821
4GBR1113Graeme Galbraith6121322
5GBR1075Jake Miller1343525
6GBR 1115Tom Lang3613426
7GBR1227Stephen Rarity / Alan Manuel975728
8GBR1005Colin MacDonald41015130
9GBR972Andy Holmes & Peter Judd81361138
10GBR938D & M Todd511121341
11GBR1173Alan Gilkison12911941
12GBR1033K Wedderburn & K Coupland15581543
13GBR1059Ted Johnston118141043
14GBR845Rod Stuart & Bill Ram101491245
15SUI 3David Macnab141541447
16GBR 1266Malcolm Offord1616161664

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