Topper and Optimist Traveller and Scottish Championships - report

Event Description: 

Topper and Optimist Traveller and Scottish Championships - report

Event Date: 

Sat 1st Jun 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019

The Sailingfast event over the weekend of 1st-2nd June was the final event of the series, with near perfect sailing conditions on the Saturday, and much fresher and often challenging conditions on Sunday.

Full results here. The Oppie fleet was headed by brothers James and Rory Gifford from Royal Tay, with Rory coming out on top. In the Topper fleet, Royal Tay member Tom Mitchell dominated and took overall top spot, with young LSC member Jamie Briggs an excellent second overall, Ellise Fitzgerald 4th, and Max Vella 6th. Jamie had previously been 3rd overall in a huge fleet of 86 Toppers at the Eric Twiname Championships at Rutland SC - more here.

Again these events don't happen without a big team effort, so many thanks to the overall organisers Johnathan and Amy Briggs, with Kes and Fiona Khaliq, Gary and Aileen Lawrie, and Andy and Clare Russell. All were fantastic husband and wife teams, running the event nice and calmly, but injecting fun for the kids where they could, and it was a real pleasure to watch.

Afloat, Phil Alderson was an amazing Race Officer, and Dave Cunningham very generous in making everyone very welcome on his committee boat. Gary and Gill McNicol lent us their RIB for the event. Muir Anderson and Jimmy brought Muir's RIB too. And the RIB drivers and mark layers were ace at their jobs as usual. And to top it all, the club racing got canned so two club racers, Nigel and Alan, jumped on the spare club RIB and joined in as much needed safety since the winds were quite strong on Sunday. Add to that the mark sets and flags being prepared by Mark Edwards and Billy prior to the weekend, and the rib guys preparing the RIBs especially for the weekend, I think we can file that weekend as a great all-round success for the club!

Many thanks also to Sailingfast for the generous prizes.