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Scottish Champs @ Annandale
Annandale SC, 12th & 13th April 2014
Race 1 was dominated from start to finish by Nick and Tanya Copsey sailing N3528 a Dead Cat Bounce design, who finished nearly 3 minutes ahead of Ed and Tom Storey in N3514, (a Feeling Foolish design) and Chris Day and Sophie Richards sailing N3526 (also a Dead cat Bounce design) who were separated by mere seconds. Ed Willett and Sarah Smith were 4th in N1833, the first Vintage boat, a Proctor Mk9 dating from 1960.
The legendary Annandale feast commenced at 5pm with the wonderful food washed down with copious quantities of wine supplied courtesy of N12 Class captain John Hugo’s wine cellar. The post race chat soon deteriorated to witty banter and then party games before the hardy departed for a local hostelry…..
Sunday dawned grey, and although the wind had clearly subsided over night it was still breezy and the forecast was for F4 to F6 winds during the day. The OOD planned to hold two races back to back before and after lunch to ensure the full complement of six races was completed.
Races 3 and 4 were held in relatively gentle but gusty and shifty conditions. Some close racing was enjoyed between the three top placed 12’s with Nick and Tanya posting two more first places and Ed and Tom and Chris and Sophie each sharing a 2nd and 3rd.
Race 5 saw Nick and Tanya again take the win with Ed and Tom posting another 2nd. The overall thus came down to the last race…Nick and Tanya just had to finish, although conditions had become very testing, and Chris and Sophie needed to beat Ed and Tom to be sure of second, if Nick and Tanya finished. Chris and Sophie won the final race just 30 seconds ahead of Nick and Tanya thus sealing the result for them.
The Scottish Daily Express Trophy
The Mariner Mug (for the first old boat)
Photo and credits:
1. "Nick and Tanya Copsey, 1st overall, sailed an almost flawless series, Scottish champions, 2014". Credit to Frances Copsey
2. "Chris Day and Sophie Richards, 2nd overall, here showing off their superb boat handling skills in the very stormy second race that saw everyone else DNF" Credit to Angus Beyts.
3. "Ed Willett and Sarah Smith, winners of The Mariner Mug, here recovering after their first capsize in Race 2". Credit to Angus Beyts
4. "Ed and Tom Storey, 3rd overall after close racing in challenging conditions" Credit to Stewart Mitchell