2017 N1SCO National Championships in Emsworth, UK
April 29, 2017, Emsworth, UK - On a sunny spring day, the UK’s largest fleet of racing stand up paddleboards descend upon the beautiful harbour town of Emsworth. Residents of the town came to the esplanade in force to cheer on the sell out field of 100 racers competing for the championship title. As with every N1SCO event, all competitors were using the Naish One 12’6″ inflatable stand up board, which has set the standard for inflatable race boards.
Racing was split between the sheltered salt-water pond for the Sprints and mid-distance races while the 5km long distance race took the fleet across Chichester Harbour to the Thorney bank for a picturesque paddle along the coast. Racing took the action within meters of the crowds and demo sessions were on offer for those in the crowd who were inspired to give the sport a try.
The dominant force that is Ben Fisher lifted the Male National Championship title for another year, but he was pushed all day by an ever competitive field. New-comer Andrea Richardson won the Ladies title and commented on her first N1SCO experience "I loved the event, the competitors are on fire so I will be digging deep in Swanage."
Among the 100 strong fleet were 35 paddlers who had never competed before in any Stand Up Paddleboard race including a fleet of junior paddles, many under 10 years old.
Focus will now turn to the European N1SCO Championships that will take place in Swanage just down the coast on the 10th and 11th of June.