Young sailors from across the UK descended on Helensburgh Sailing Club last month for the first Junior Travellers regatta of the 2017/18 season.

With many of these events taking place on inland waters, such as Loch Tummel and Loch Venachar, this was a return to open sea sailing which was welcomed by the 60 competitors and the local club alike.

For the youngest and least experienced sailors a 'Regatta Fleet' course was set up immediately off HSC, with on-the-water coaching from Nathan Forrester, the Optimist class coach. The mini-regatta was won by Callum Russell from Largs Sailing Club.

The main fleet of Toppers, Optimists and Fevas raced off from Helensburgh pier.

The scheduled three races were slotted in on Saturday, but a flat calm on Sunday morning resulted in a delayed start, with the sixth and final race ending up cancelled due to a lack of time.

In a competitive environment the club's protest committee was very much needed to sort out any disputes between the 31 Toppers and 16 Optimists.

The top three Topper fleet winners in the boys' category were Finlay Tulet (Dalgety Bay SC), Jamie Briggs (Largs SC) and Ross Coombs (Loch Venachar SC), with Jennifer Wesley (Loch Venachar SC) Suzie Sturrock (Loch Lomond SC) and Eilidh McQueen (HSC) rounding off the girls' category.

The Optimists were won by Rory Gifford (Royal Tay YC), James Gifford (RTYC) and Daniel Scott (RTYC/Loch Tummel SC) in the boys' section, while Tess Crooks (Prestwick SC), Anna Miller (Annandale SC) and Morven Wood (Clyde Cruising Club) were the best of the girls.

The small Feva class was won by Catriona Forrest from Dalgety Bay SC.