Written by Fiona Tylecote
Last Updated: 16 September 2014
Created: 16 September 2014
Elysia Dooley 1st Youth at Scorpion Nationals In 34 year old Scorpion.
Elysia and Ian Dooley have recently returned from a brilliant week sailing the Old lady Applejack at a very windy Scorpion nationals. Conditions were flat out hiking and planing conditions for the majority of the week with the last day failing to produce more than a force three. The Conditions suited the later design planing hulls so keeping up with the fleet was a challenge. Our top finish was 22 out of 36 with most of the boats being less than 10 years old. All the reaches were flat out planing with the kite on the lighter wind days. Elysia won the youth prize with two races to spare having match raced her main opponent(James Ripley normally top 10 in the topper fleet, down the fleet on more than one occasion) Elysia also came away with first first time helm at the nationals and second place in the boats over 25 class ahead of six much younger boats. This is down to the Junior and Youth program at Rutland sailing club and the Coaching from the Oakham school/RSC winter coaching programs. And don’t forget the Sponsorship of Pin Bax for the prizes and North Sails for the open Sponsorship.