The Annual RYA Scotland Winter Championships 2017 took place on 9-10 December 2017 at Largs Sailing Club. This is a sprint format championship for all Royal Yachting Association pathway classes with over ninety boats on the water. The weekend fell during the coldest period we have had this year. Freezing temperatures and snow over the two days found competitors clearing ice from their boats before launching and longing for the warmth of the changing rooms at the end of each days racing. Northern Ireland was represented by three RYANI youth sailors in two classes including Sullivan Upper pupil Sam Rutherford (11M). Despite the light and changeable breezes Sam managed a creditable 10th overall amongst some of the best youth sailors in Scotland.