Mark and Emma Simpson win National 12 Scottish Championship at Solway YC
The National 12 Scottish Championship took place last weekend at Solway YC and the fleet was greeted by glorious sunshine and a light but steady breeze on. The light winds were to Mark and Emma Simpson’s liking who took a convincing lead to take race one. Howard and Thomas Steavenson had a close race with Bernard Clark and Stewart Miatt with the Steavensons eventually claiming second place.
Race two also saw the Simpsons pull out a lead which they held to the finish, with Clark and Steavenson once again chasing each other, but with the placings reversed to see Clark take second place.
The wind on Sunday increased to force 4-5. The first race saw Clark and Miatt pulling out a lead after the Simpsons capsized, with the Steavensons claiming second place. The Simpsons held their nerve and stayed upright for the final race, although the racing was so close that just 2.4 seconds separated first and third places. The Simpsons crossed the line first to claim the Scottish Championship – the trophy returning to the Simpson family some 20 years after Ian Simpson (Mark’s father) first won it. Ian and Margaret Purkis took home the Mariner Mug for the highest place Admiral’s Cup boat.
1st Mark and Emma Simpson, Scaling Dam SC
2nd Bernard Clark and Stewart Miatt, Yorkshire Ouse SC
3rd Howard and Thomas Steavenson, Tynemouth SC
Mariner Mug – Ian and Margaret Purkis