Scottish Schools Sailing Competition (Brown Cup)
The Scottish Schools Sailing Competition, or Brown Cup as its more commonly know is an annual event run by Loch Earn Sailing Club (LESC). This year saw a huge representation from ASYC members, who made up a quarter of the competitors, making up local school teams from Robert Gordons, Albyn, and Mackie, with ASYC sailors also entering for Ellon, Lathallan as well as individual entries. Well done to all our sailors who made the journey, and to all the parents who supported them.
LESC put on a two day training weekend before the Brown Cup on the Monday. Many of our ASYC junior sailors and support crew took full advantage of what Loch Earn Sailing Club had to offer, fantastic coaching, BBQs on the loch shore, sunshine and good company. The weather over the weekend was variable with lots of sunshine, but both light wind conditions, and heavy wind during a sudden thunderstorm. Also memorable onshore was the “wrecking ball” (you’ll need to ask the juniors about that) and the mighty midge.
Race day on the Monday saw a fairly consistent breeze rising to about Force 4 in the afternoon, and the three races ran back-to-back with little delay.
The results for our ASYC sailors are below. Special mention should go to those who progressed during the racing. In the Topper fleet Shona Coull and Mac Leven improved significantly from race to race and by the last race were close on the heels of some of the more experienced Topper sailors. Harvey Western showed great character to continue in the last race after equipment failure left him without a kicking strap or mainsheet for a period. And in the Feva’s those of us onshore watched the ASYC contest between Nathan McCabe and Isla Collier in one Feva who just pipped Alistair Collier and Hannah McKenzie in another Feva.
For many of our junior sailors this will have been the most competitive racing and the most congested start line that they have experienced. Well done to all, and we hope that it’s given you an appetite to return to the Brown Cup next year and perhaps for some ASYC club racing or even other events in between.
Full results for the ASYC sailors:
Connor Kennedy 8th
Sophie Kennedy 11th
Finlay McGill 13th
Lewis Carter 14th
Lyall Webster 15th
Jack van Bergen 9th
Matthew Park 16th
Drew Webster 17th
Shona Coull 21st
Mac Leven 22nd
Harvey Western 26th
Mike O’Donovan (Laser R) 4th
Matthew McLullich (Laser 4.7) 8th
Tom White (Laser 4.7) 12th
Nathan McCabe/ Isla Collier (Feva) 17th
Alistair Collier/ Hannah McKenzie (Feva) 18th
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Scottish Schools Sailing Competition (Brown Cup)
We have produced an New Member Information Pack for both new members and prospective members which provides all you need to know about ASYC. You can download here New Member Information Pack
This year our PTBO event will also feature stands from Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and Stonehaven Paddleboarding.
AST sailors most welcome to see what the fuss is all about.
Juniors – why not take your parents out for a Spin.
All club members are welcome – much help is needed.
Contact Ditta to get involved.
Joining ASYC is easier and cheaper than you think.
As “two clubs rolled into one” we sail on Loch of Skene, near Westhill during the Spring months before braving the North Sea at Stonehaven Bay from June till the end of the season in November. The club owns a large fleet of boats, so no need to splash out on your own to start off with. We sail everything from optimist to 49er, with bigger fleets of Blaze and RS400.
Hope to see you all at the Open Day.
Registration for JUNIOR LESSONS is now open. Email Ditta on (email@example.com) to enrol. Fun on and off the water. RYA certificates, learn how to sail a boat, capsize it and make friends. Join in with racing.
The block of 9 sessions start on the weekend of 21/22 April. Sessions run on either Saturdays or Sunday between 10:30am and 13:00, culminating in the Junior regatta on Sunday 27th May followed by the move to Stonehaven. The last session will be on 23/24th June.
All the sessions are taught by volunteers. These sessions would not run without their boundless enthusiasm and hard work. We ask that parents remain on site during the sessions and help run the sessions I need willing volunteers to drive/crew power boats, be beach master, help launch boats, look after the galley and keep the club boats in tip top shape (any offers?)
The block of 9 lessons will cost £120 to keep our ageing fleet of club boats going. Juniors have to be ASYC members (Junior membership £35). Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, but preference will be given to returners and last year’s club members, but we find places for new members too, so don’t be shy putting your name forward, even if you are not a current club member.
Deadline for registration: 13th February 2018
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