Photos courtesy of ELYC, thumbnails copyright fotoboat.com
35 boats ranging from foiling Moths to Optimists arrived at East Lothian YC for the RYA Scottish Champion of Champions, held on October 20/21. This invite only event is for Scottish Champions and Traveller Champions of their classes. The Mirror class was this year represented by Roy Donn from Pentland Firth YC, having won the singlehander trophy at the Scottish Mirror Championships in August. This was the third year in succession that the Mirror class has been represented at the event, with hopefully more boats elligible and able to compete in the future.
Racing was in the east bay off North Berwick, close to the picturesque Bass Rock, with an impressively strong westerly flowing tide which caught out some crews at the downwind marks. The fleet was split into 3 groups with separate starts but all sailing the same course and a single consolidated result (PY greater than 1300 (Mirror and Optimist), PY 1001-1299, and PY less than 1000). With only 3 boats in the slow handicap group Roy had clear wind at the start unimpeded by other boats, especiially in race 2 where the Optimists were caught out by a quick turn-around between races and were somewhere in the middle of the course having a picnic when the start flag was lowered.
A forecast of calm on Sunday encouraged Race Officer Jim Sinclair to schedule an extra race on the Saturday to ensure a series with one discard. Breezes were light, touching 10mph occasionally. Four different course shapes gave all the diverse boats the chance to shine. Race 1 was on the M shaped course. Paul Hignett in a Ninja Moth made the most of the reach-fest to take this race. Close behind were Chris Owen and Sam McNamara from Oban SC in a Wayfarer.
As anticipated, there was no racing on the Sunday due to lack of wind, so results on Saturday stood and the overall winners were the Wayfarer team from Oban with a very emphatic victory. Roy came an impressive 20th overall with a best result of 8th.
The event was sponsored by insurance4dinghies, RYA Scotland, Caledonia Sailing, Belhaven Brewery, Yachting Life, and Fotoboat.
Full results are available on the ELYC website.