The Championships were held at Rutland over Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st August. The classes were Skud 18, Liberty, Hansa 303 single and doubles, and Hansa 2.3. Since 2020 the HCUK have 6 Hansa 303’s which travel to events around the UK and abroad available for hire at nominal cost. Andy and Brian were lucky enough to secure a boat each to compete in the 303 single class. On Saturday there were 3 races of approx. 45 mins each. Brian was actually listed as winning the 1st race but subsequently demoted to DNF as he followed a course from an obsolete Sailing Instructions, Andy came 3rd which considering it was only about the 10th time he’s been sailing since he was a child under 10 shows his potential as a future Champion in the making!
On the Sunday there were another 3 races planned but after the 1st race the wind died for almost an hour and then returned at 15 knots with an 180 degree windshift which required relaying the course marks. The second race became the final race of the series followed by the prize giving ceremony. The winner was Rory McKinna who sailed with us at Galmpton in June whilst on holiday, Andy came 5th and Brian 6th.
Before Rutland Reservoir was created Roma lived with her family in the village now submerged by the reservoir, she subsequently moved to Dartmouth and became a volunteer for Dart Sailability. She was a keen carriage racer and found herself with a spare cup from that sport, she donated the cup to Rutland Sailability for an annual competition to be held between Rutland and Dartmouth Sailabilities. The competition winner is decided each year by the best performing club at the Hansa Nationals and/or the RYA Multiclass Regatta usually held at Rutland or Portland. We are happy to report that Andy and Brian's performance was just good enough to clinch the cup for Dart Sailability this year!