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Image: Paul Hignett out for a blast on the blown off last day of the 2013 Europa Cup. He's sailing Colin Newman's IC OD Extended Play, GBR 295. © Jim Champ 2013

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Image: 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Race 4 Start line action. Chris Maas and Willy Clark battling at the pin end. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: "A smile for the camera? Between races at the 2013 Europa Cup.. Photo: © Loch Lomond SC"

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Image: "Alistair Warren (GBR317) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: Chris Maas at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. Photo © Robert Muller

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Image: Canoe Park at Richmond YC at the start of the 2014 Worlds. Photo: © Willian Gutoff

Europa Cup 2007

Loch Lomond SC

Thirty one International Canoes visited Loch Lomond Sailing Club for the Europa Cup combined with the UK National Championship. The magnificent hospitality of the host club and superb race management of PRO Fergus Duncanson and his team more than compensated for the weather which varied from a sunny calm on the penultimate day of the series, resulting in no racing that day, to a very windy long distance race.

The results list shows who was at the front of the action but fails to capture some of the highlights, such as the long distance race on day two round several of the islands on the Loch which had to be shortened slightly when the wind reached 26 knots. These conditions suited John Robson who won the Murphy Howard Cup in the Asymmetric Canoe and Simon Allen who just held off the challenge from John Ellis in the standard International Canoe to win the Sailing Challenge Cup (dating from 1875, the oldest trophy in any class of dinghy). Steve Bowen suffered a broken mast, putting an end to his Championship, and Ian Hibbitt broke his carriage: however it was repaired and in use again the next day, but it couldn't withstand a collision on the final day.

On the Asymmetric Canoe windward/leeward course Robin Wood was dominant with four firsts and two seconds, but should the Welshman falter his son Ben was ready to take over, with father and son first and second in race two. By finishing sixth overall and one place ahead of the first visiting European, Tobias Kunz from Germany, Ben Wood's novitiate in the class is clearly over. Along with John Robson, Class Chairman Gareth Caldwell was the only other sailor to beat Robin in two races. Class Secretary Andy Biden had his moment of glory, all but leading the fleet for much of race six.

Registrations Secretary Phil Allen and Chief Measurer Colin Brown were consistently in the top five, with Colin the reluctant winner of the AC 'Old Man's Trophy' as the best of the over 55s. The equivalent Vintage Trophy in the International Canoes went to Colin Newman: he says it gets easier to accept when your name is on the walking stick six times already!

In the standard International Canoe fleet which sailed a triangle/sausage course only the Swede Johan Elfström from among the visitors from continental Europe and Colin Newman briefly interrupted the two-man match racing for first and second place between Simon Allen and John Ellis. If it had not been for a capsize when leading in the final race the championship would have been won by John. However honours went to Simon Allen, who acknowledged his good fortune as he won the Europa Cup for his third time and retained his UK National Champion title, leaving John Ellis as runner-up and with the Veterans Bowl as a consolation prize for the older man. Local man, Paddy Adler won the UK Novices Trophy and Mike Shreeve the first Classic IC trophy.

Only one Development Canoe, that of Alistair Warren, raced with the ICs: it was faster in the light stuff but after a windy race it had to have some strengthening, aided by some mahogany from the club's skip. It is not the winning but the taking apart that matters! For the record, Alistair was fourth, fifth and first over the line in the IC fleet, with his remaining 4 results being DNF or DNC.

As with all major IC events, the social life was very important, and this side of things was well looked-after, with an informal meal on Sunday evening to show the visitors where Doug's Pub was, a barbeque on Monday, a visit to Glengoyne Distillery on Tuesday, a Scottish-themed evening on Wednesday which included an excellent meal (complete with a miniature of malt whisky for all attendees) followed by a ceilidh with Scottish Country dancing. The Championship Dinner on Friday followed the prize-giving, and there were good breakfasts at the club every morning for those up early enough. Thanks must go to the event sponsors: Stirling Sports Council, Glengoyne Distillery, MacSween Haggis and Tunnocks, all of whom enabled the social events to reach their high standards and to keep the cost down.

Overall Results

(Europeans with UK Nationals position in brackets)

International Canoes

1st (1st UK) Simon Allen GBR 278
2nd (2nd UK) John Ellis GBR 292
3rd Johan Elfström SWE 101
4th (3rd UK) Colin Newman GBR 295
5th (4th UK) Paddy Adler GBR 258
6th (6th UK) Mike Schreeve GBR 233
7th Jan Gillen GER 50
8th (5th UK) Craig Robinson GBR 238
9th David André SWE 112
10th Jan-Christopher Stahl GER 75
11th Kalle Jonasson SWE 111
12th (7th UK) Ian McPherson GBR 253
13th (8th UK) Bob Austin GBR 193

Asymmetric Canoes

1st (1st UK) Robin Wood GBR 309
2nd (2nd UK) Gareth Caldwell GBR 294
3rd (3rd UK) Phil Allen GBR 296
4th (4th UK) John Robson GBR 283
5th (5th UK) Colin Brown GBR 299
6th (6th UK) Ben Wood GBR 284
7th Tobias Kunz GER 73
8th (7th UK) Dave Timson GBR 303
9th (8th UK) Peter McLaren GBR 280
10th (9th UK) Steven Clarke GBR 300
11th (10th UK) Mike Rowe GBR 286
12th (11th UK) Alister Kinsman GBR 231
13th (12th UK) Andy Biden GBR 301
14th (13th UK) John Nixon GBR 279
15th (14th UK) Steve Bowen GBR 290
16th (15th UK) Hugh deLongh GBR 281
17th (16th UK) Ian Hibbitt GBR 289

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Image: Robin Wood on his way to winning the 2008 Billy No Mates © James Close, JEC Creative.

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Image: Mark Goodchild cutting through the waves at the 2014 Worlds, San Francisco. © Robert Muller

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Image: Alistair Warren and Dragonfly (GBR317) out for a blast on the blown off last day of the 2013 Europa Cup, in which he was runner up. © Jim Champ 2013

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Image: "Windward Mark Action Colin Brown (GBR319) Peter Ullmann (GER79) at the 2011 worlds, Travemunde, Germany. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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Image: "Alasdair Alston (GBR196) at the 2017 Worlds, Pwlhelli. Photo: © Robert Muller"

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