Alchemy crew strike sailing gold.

Successful crew Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall.

Successful crew Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall.

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ROYAL Yorkshire Yacht Club sailors Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall, sailing Alchemy, recently joined 16 other similar National Squib keelboats to contest the East Coast Championships, hosted by Medway Yacht Club.

The series comprised six races, over two days, with each competitor allowed to discard their worst result.

Alchemy started the series in fine style on a windy first day, winning races one and two and following up with third and second places in races three and four.

This gave Alchemy a narrow overnight lead of one point from their nearest rival, Brimstone, sailed by Bryan and Jenny Riley from Waveney and Oulton Broad Yacht Club.

On a less windy, but no less dramatic second day, Brimstone started by winning race five and with Alchemy back in fifth place, they were looking like championship winners.

However, the Royal Yorkshire YC crew returned to form in race six, reversing the previous result to win the race, with Brimstone back in fifth.

With each boat discarding their fifth places, Alchemy lifted the title by a single point.

When not sailing together on the championship circuit, the Alchemy crew compete against each other, both sailing Squibs, with distinctive orange sails, in Bridlington Bay.