Alex Knight - Musto Skiff National Champion! - and other championship performances
So, while a small sailing (and other sports) event of note has been taking our attention in Rio, in addition to the local sailors performing under Sugarloaf, there have been some performances of note from our own club sailors around our shores. It's that time of year for the Castle Cove travelling dinghy contingent, with championships galore - and the club name has been appearing regularly, and in lights.
Musto Skiff Nationals To mark his birthday, Alex (Knightly) Knight proved what we all knew he was capable of - and secured his name on the impressive Musto Skiff trophy as 2016 National Champion. He maintained a super consistent scoreline to win by 8 points in the fleet of 48, through a huge mix of conditions - inc some he described as perhaps the biggest he has sailed his Skiff in. Massive congratulations to him, and good luck now to the other club Musto sailors! Final report can be found here:- http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/191606/Harken-Musto-Skiff-Nationals-at-Largo-Bay-overall
Osprey Nationals Emulating Knightlys performance was our own Adam Bowers - at the front end of his Osprey - Blue Moon, crewing for his long time championship helm (inc as Fireball World Champions back in the day) - DJ Edwards. This was perhaps a great demonstration of 'no substitute for talent and experience' - as the pair have had many hours in boats together - but not recently, and Adam was busy creating sails with a few days to go! They were competing in the Osprey Nationals at Mumbles YC - and despite close attention from club member Terry Curtis and his crew Peter Grieg, Adam & DJ were victorious by 3 points with Kev & Phil in Whitestar 6th. Final report:- http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/191651/Osprey-Nationals-at-Mumbles-overall
Scorpion Nationals Although no individual winners (that honour went to the popular pairing of Chris Turner and Alex Hayman), Castle Cove did walk away with the Top Guns trophy for the best 4 boats overall, and sported a great team of 6 local boats in total making the trip to Looe, for a week that tested us all - with Big Monday waves, Big Wednesday and pretty hardcore inbetween - with slight relapse on Friday. Lucky really - as some efforts went into the Thursday night famous Fancy Dress - which also saw CCSC take top honour for the best costume - with our Cool Runnings bobsleigh (Mikey Robbins - artistic director - see pic on wall at club). Final report and results below:- http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/191417/Gul-Scorpion-Nationals-at-Looe-overall