J/111 UK National Championship
A quick reprint from Gemma's post on the above. Torbay next year and hopefully Snow Leopard will be competing.
Stuart Sawyer's Black Dog sealed victory for the J/111 UK National Championship with a race to spare but it was far from easy for the team from Falmouth. Marco van Driel's Dutch J/111 Sweeny finished the regatta in second place, with fellow Dutch team, Red Herring skippered by Sjaak Haakman, finishing third. Last year's UK National Champion, Tony Mack's McFly, finished in fourth place. During the three day regatta six out of the eight teams made the podium, including Cornel Riklin's Jitterbug and Chris Jones' Journey Maker II, who both won races.
“The introduction of the two Dutch boats, has really mixed it up, they are definitely on the pace. In Race 7, we matched race Sweeny all the way around and coming into the finish we were covering them, it was super close. The team have had to be very precise to come out on top, we have been getting out early, practising our manoeuvres getting our transits, so that we could relax a bit at game time and enjoy our mantra of having fun. Black Dog will be going back to Falmouth and we will be back for the pre-worlds and the worlds. We will have American Swiss and Australian teams joining the Dutch for the Worlds and that will bring another dynamic in as well. It is great to be National Champions and that has come from a big effort from all of the Black Dog team. Roger our pirate has done exceptionally well on tactics, he has been up here a few times now, and he is getting to know the water pretty well.”