British Keelboat League - Royal Corinthian clinch win

Royal Corinthian clinch thrilling win in British Keelboat League Qualifier Two

Hosts Royal Corinthian YC took victory by the narrowest of margins as seven teams, representing five clubs, battled it out in Qualifier Two of the British Keelboat League in the Crouch estuary to earn a place in this years’ BKL Final.

In its third year, the British Keelboat League is an opportunity for clubs to compete against each other on a level playing field to fight for bragging rights as the most competitive club in the UK.

The racing provides a platform sailors of all experience levels, from teenagers to racers in their 60s, and is designed to make exciting, high speed sailing and minimise the spread in the fleet.

At the end of Day One, the top three teams were West Mersea YC, Royal Corinthian YC and the RCYC Squib Team, with just a five point spread following 10-12 races each.

With another 12 races held on the Sunday, it would come down to the very last race to decide who would earn top spot and a place at the British Keelboat League final in Cowes in September.

Ultimately RCYC took the win, tied on points with West Mersea YC, the tie break going in their favour due to more race wins, just one point ahead of the RCYC Squib Team.

“We are delighted to have won,” said Jamie Mears, who along with Nick Tolhurst, Alex Porteous and James Hutton-Penman made up the winning RCYC crew.

Further qualifying rounds of the BKL are scheduled to take place at Royal Torbay YC on June 23/24 and the Royal Yacht Squadron the August 18/19.

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