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Conditions Test Mettle of Scottish Youths and Juniors at Largs Over Weekend

20th June 2022
Double-handers on the water at Largs, 18-19 June 2022
Double-handers on the water at Largs this past weekend Credit: RYA Scotland

As part of the RYA Regional Junior Championships, RYA Scotland hosted Scottish youth and junior sailors at Largs Sailing Club in testing conditions this past weekend of 18-19 June.

High west and northwest winds dominated the weekend, with volunteers and officials managing to make the most of conditions that kept most classes ashore on Saturday.
The Toppers managed to get out on Sunday for four races, with Dalgety Bay’s Ben Homer gaining three bullets to win the overall Topper prize, with local Largs sailors Finley Briggs and Ruairi Herrington finishing second and third respectively. 

The 29er and 420 fleets joined them later in the day for some close racing. A great performance from Morven Wood and Oliver Bull took them to the lead in the 29ers, and in the 420s Anna Miller and Tess Crooks sped into first.
After a tough set of races afloat on Saturday, the Optimists braved the breeze again to finish up their series. Finlay Davidson, also of Dalgety Bay Sailing Club, held on to win overall with four points ahead of Helensburgh’s Andrew Perratt and Lyall Webster from Aberdeen & Stonehaven who both were on nine points. 

Over on the Bravo course, the windsurfers on the iQFOiL and Techno were flying in the strong breeze through the assembled classic Fife Boat fleet on both days. 
The iQs got in eight tight races over the weekend at their first competition in Scotland and the five boards battled it out across the two days.

Loch Insh’s Kai Beattie held onto the lead overnight and went on to clinch first place at the end of Sunday. The Technos had the bigger fleet and managed to get five races in, with Kyle Clark got a win in all five to win overall.

Full results are available HERE. Team

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