UK Northern Championship - Yorkshire Dales, UK, 3/4 June
Thanks to Keith Escritt for his report;
Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club hosted the RS Aero Northern Championship at the weekend.
It was a great event for the 19 RS Aeros from 6 clubs who enjoyed fabulous 'champagne' conditions with a good breeze and sun both days. There was a great fleet of sixteen RS Aero 7s with one RS Aero 5, one RS Aero 6 and one RS Aero 9 on the fringes, so a 'full house' of rig sizes enjoying the very close and competitive racing.
The winner wasn't decided until the last race with Ian Escritt from Yorkshire Dales and Joe Scurrah from Carsington virtually equal on points. They'd traded firsts and seconds on Saturday and indeed most of the weekend with just an occasional slip. Overnight, Joe held a narrow lead, but Ian had the better total and discard.
The beer and curry social on Saturday evening was supplemented with a hot tub - enjoyed by some, while others chatted, had more beer, and admired the Yorkshire Dales sunset. Sunday started in similar conditions to Saturday, but got gradually windier.
First Joe and then Ian each won a race on Sunday morning, leaving the seventh and final race as the decider. Joe managed to get a slightly better start than Ian, and despite being passed by first Callum E, and then Keith E, Joe found the extra gear he needed to get through to take the 1st in the race and win the event with Ian coming in 4th and so second overall - just one point behind Joe. Close!
3rd, 4th & 5th positions overnight had been occupied by Tim Sadler, YDSC's newly crowned Enterprise National Champion, Ellie Craig - Ladies National champion from Blackpool & Fleetwood and Keith Escritt also YDSC. After a good Sunday with two 2nd places and a 3rd Keith took the third overall with Tim slipping one place to 4th and Ellie who despite finding the windier conditions a little tougher for her lighter frame, used her fitness and skill to finish a strong 5th and first lady. Second lady in 8th was Cathy Lunn from Leigh & Lowton using her 6 rig to good effect on both days.
The whole fleet was highly competitive, with most usually finishing only seconds apart and with a few different faces fighting for places just behind the top pair. For example race six was led for two legs by Great Grandmaster Bill Pickup (16th overall). To summarise, it was a superb event and produced a worthy RS Aero Northern Champion in Joe Scurrah.PHOTOS
by Paul Hargreaves, more HERE