Worlds Day 5

Friday was expected to be a bit wild and windy. And it was. The strong wind started the day as a head wind out the North West, sending white horses down the loch towards the start line. Even launching was tricky, and many hands were needed to help with recovery with a swift exit required to avoid waves running into both sides of the skiff and over the cox.

And the first crews to brave the conditions were the Under 17s. As Rory Chief Umpire said during the prize giving, the bravery of the youngsters gave confidence to the adults going out later!

The Under 17s raced a 1000m course. They were kept pointing to the wind until given the go, when they turned to starboard and rode the white horse rollercoaster back to the normal finish line. Congratulations to all the youngsters who completed the challene for their clubs: Broughty Ferry, Avoch, FOCCR, Strangford, Queensferry (third), Dundrum (second) and Ullapool (First).

U19 Girls was won by Dundrum, followed by Ullapool and Avoch.

U19 Boys was a popular win for Woudrichem, followed by Strangford and Ullapool.

Open A mixed heats and repechage took place, determining who will be in Saturday’s final.

The wind backed slightly as the day went on, and came to blow more from the shore. Boatie Blest won the women’s open final late afternoon, with Dundrum in Second and St Ayles, who had qualified through the repechage, in third: full results.

For full results of all races, punch Webscorer Skiffieworlds 2019 into your search engine.

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