Copsey claims top-10 finish

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Former St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association (SESCA) member Nick Copsey took part in the prestigious ‘Bloody Mary’ event on Saturday and sailed to an impressive ninth-place finish.

As one of the biggest and most important pursuit races in the UK sailing calendar, the event attracts the best helms in the country, with more than 300 boats competing at the Queen Mary reservoir in Middlesex.

The race lasts for two and a half hours, with the slowest boats starting first and the fastest boats starting last.

Starting 27 minutes behind the toppers, Copsey’s National 12 was well suited for the conditions with the biggest threat likely to come from the solos starting 10 minutes ahead and the Lasers with their favourable sailjuice handicap starting six minutes in front, with the International 14s the main threat from behind.

Despite a poor start and first leg Copsey was soon in the groove and carved his way through the fleet, overtaking all but two of the lasers and one solo and keeping all but three of the faster boats behind.

The ninth-place finish leaves the teenager in the top 10 overall for the sailjuice series with his next event in Northampton in two weeks time.