Scottish Nationals - Largs SC - May 2017

The Vortex’s returned to Largs Sailing Club on the 20th/21st May with the D Zero and RS 200 fleets to a variable forecast which eventually settled down and strengthened late Saturday afternoon. Initially entitled the Extreme northern event this was revamped to the inaugural Scottish Champs. reflecting the 8 boat attendance.

4 races were run on Saturday, with the fickle shifting wind resulting in binned / delayed start sequences. Phil won the first two races with Jonathan and Alex close on his heels . Jonathan took a hard right in the third race and Phil couldn’t catch him . The fleets generally stayed apart until the last race of the day when the increasing wind resulted in the leading Vortex’s catching the bunched RS 200’s at the leeward mark on the second round resulting in 7-8 boats converging on the mark on different tacks. Phil Whitehead came out worst from the melee losing two places after taking turns thus fixing his discarded race, with Angus taking the win.      

At the end of the day Phil Whitehead was in pole position several points clear, 2nd to 5th however was separated by only 2 points with Jonathan Carter  7 pts, Angus Winchester 8pts, Alec Glendinning   8 pts and Mike Collins 9 pts and all to play for on Sunday.

The fleet retired to a tasty curry meal in the club house and great views across to Cumbrae and an interesting sky.  

Sunday began with a 10 -12 knot southerly breeze blowing up the channel which ratcheted up another number on the Beaufort Scale as each race passed. The conditions resulted in a swim at the leeward mark on race 6 for Alec and race 7 for Jonathon. Angus stayed upright to take 2nd in both races and 2nd overall. Phil took 3 bullets with the wind suiting his style . With the wind strengthening into the high 20’s the scheduled 8th race was not started.  This year of the first Scottish National Championship went to Yorkshire.


The final results were -

Phil Whitehead (YDSC)                      1,1,2,(4),1,1,1 – 7 pts

Angus Winchester (CSSC)               4,(5),3,1,4,2,2 – 16 pts

Alec Glendinning (Annandale)       3,2,(7),3,2,4,3 – 17 pts  

Jonathan Carter(Rickmansworth)  2,4,1,5,3,3,(6) – 18 pts

Mike Collins (YDSC)                           (6),3,4,2,5.5.5 – 24 pts

John Turley (YDSC)                            5,(6),5,6,6,6,4 – 32 pts

Steve Cohrane(CSSC)                          (7),7,6,7,7,7,7 - 41 pts

Nick Fleming (CSSC)                          8,8,8,(9),8,9,7 - 48 pts


A very enjoyable weekends racing was had by all attending Vortex sailors including Steve who was taking part for the first time in a class event and Nick who had not much time in his boat since the 2016 season. Thanks to Jonathon for making the long drive north from London. Great sailing water and excellent clubhouse facilities will bring the Vortex fleet back to LSC once again in 2018, put it in your diary.