Alchemy duo take third place at the national championships

'Alchemy' leading the fleet in one of the races. The RYYC boat has sail number 800 and the spinaker with a broad yellow band

'Alchemy' leading the fleet in one of the races. The RYYC boat has sail number 800 and the spinaker with a broad yellow band

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The National Squib Inland Sailing Championships were held on Rutland Water for this class of 5.8m waterline, fixed keel yacht earlier this month.

A total of 35 boats took part, drawn from across the UK and with entries including the top 15 helmsmen nationally, the competition was going to be fierce.

The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club were represented by Gerard Dyson and Tony Saltonstall, racing their jointly owned squib Alchemy .

The first day saw them well in control and for the day’s three races they recorded two first places and a sixth, putting them at the head of the fleet.

However, day two produced lighter conditions and fickle winds which created problems for the Bridlington pair and as a consequence, racing largely favoured whichever boat happened to be in a certain position when the wind filled in.

The best they were able to achieve in the two races was a 10th place, still a good result in the changing circumstances.

At the conclusion of these Inland Championships, this nevertheless ensured that Alchemy for the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club finished third overall which, given the level of racing contention, is a highly commendable performance.