The RYA Scotland Champion Club Trophy hosted by Loch Lomond Sailing Club on the 22nd of August was, without doubt, a huge success.
We witnessed sailors and teams, able-bodied and those with disabilities, all under the age of 16, visiting our club from all over Scotland to participate and compete for the title of RYA Scotland Champion Club.
With 130 sailors competing across 5 classes (Optimist, Topper, Feva, Terra and Hansa) on two separate courses we knew that the club would be a busy place.
The day dawned with a very light breeze, glimmers of sunshine and a steady stream of cars and boats arriving at the club. The morning was organised to be a training session for all sailors with coaches supplied by RYAS. While the wind was light everyone made it out onto the water and got to grips with the conditions and the race course. After lunch the classes were split with the 61 Toppers and 38 Optimists heading to one race course and the Feva’s, Terra’s and Hansa’s heading to another. All classes completed two very challenging races in incredibly light winds before heading a shore for pasta and prize giving. Our two visiting Race Officers, Johnnie Readman and Robin Nicol deserve thanks for persevering, delivering races for all on a day with very difficult conditions.
It is very important that we thank all of the volunteers that manned the 14 ribs, lifting and laying race marks and kept all sailors safe.
In the end only one club could be victorious, Loch Venacher Sailing Club is the 2015 RYA Scotland Champion Club, very well deserved winners. While the Loch Lomond Sailing Club team did not win the title they finished a very respectable 7th (out of 25) with a team of 9 Optimist sailors and 2 Topper sailors, most participating in their first open event.
Running any event, large or small requires volunteers to step forward and offer support. Thankfully a great group were able to offer time and make the event a huge success. Thanks must go to Jackie Grieve and her team who worked non-stop from 7am making sure that everyone was fed and watered. It is difficult to comprehend how many bacon rolls, cups of tea, cake and filled rolls can be consumed during an event like this, not to mention providing pasta and garlic bread for all 130 competitors as they came off the water.
We can confidently conclude that the event was a huge success on a number of levels, exposing and promoting our club to a large audience, demonstrating that the club can host major events and that we have a developing junior fleet that is capable of competing at open events.
Loch Lomond Sailing Club Results:
Optimist – 32 entries
13th – Aiden Dunn, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
16th – Finn Dunn, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
21st – Rebecca Carrick, Loch Lomond Sailing Club (2nd Novice, Silver Medal!)
22nd – Tia Hepplewhite, Loch Lomond Sailing Club (3rd Novice, Bronze Medal!)
25th – Finlay Crawford, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
26th – Gregor Clark, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
27th – William O’Keefe, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
28th – Eva Crawford, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
30th – Abigail Carrick, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
31st – Emily Erskine, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
Toppers – 58 entries
25th – Finlay Erskine, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
44th – Ben Mackay, Loch Lomond Sailing Club
Official full results will be published on the RYAS and Loch Lomond Sailing Club Facebook pages once available.