Loch Earn Sailing Club Brown Cup




LESC are delighted to welcome back Brooks Macdonald as our event sponsor for 2019, supplying Rooster Race Bibs for all the competitors.

Notice of Race and Entry Form

Brown Cup NOR 2019.doc
Microsoft Word document [11.1 MB]

Training Weekend Payment Instructions

In line with how LESC collects members fees, you can now use use online payments via the links below which is quicker and more secure than posting a cheque. If paying for multiple boats, please repeat the payment process.

Alternatively you can send a cheque, made out to 'Loch Earn Sailing Club', with a written application form, to Colin Tait, 9 King David Drive, Inverbervie DD10 0SW.

Brown Cup 2018 Report & Results



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Loch Earn Sailing Club Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championships 2018


The Brown Cup Scottish Schools Championships took place on Monday 11th June at Loch Earn Sailing Club. LESC have been proudly running this event for Schools for 59 years and were delighted to welcome back Brooks Macdonald as the event sponsor. They very kindly supplied logo'd rash vests for all the competitors.


Prior to the Championships a training weekend was run by coaches who had all been previous Brown Cup entrants.


The event attracted 64 entrants this year representing over 28 Scottish schools. The event format consists of 3 races all to count with classes for Optimist, Topper & Handicap. School teams competing for the Brown Cup name their teams of 3 boats prior to the first race. This year there were 12 teams competing for the Brown Cup.

The weather was perfect for the event this year with a steady Easterly all day ranging from 6 mph to 12 mph by the last race. This resulted in three great races with plenty of action for the spectators in front of the race box. 


The Brown Cup is unique in that as well as the squad sailors who are seasoned race competitors, many of the entrants were sailing a regatta for the first time. It was great to see a high standard throughout all the entrants and the hope is that some of our new competitors have now got the desire to do more regattas.


2018 Winners:

Most improved sailor from training weekend: India Smith, Lathallan School.

1st LESC boat: Eriskay McLellan,  Morrisons Junior Academy.

1st Junior School winner: Rory Gifford, High School of Dundee Junior school

1st Optimist: James Gifford, High School of Dundee

1st Topper: Daniel Scott, Arbroath High School

1st Handicap: Harris Cartwright, Laser Radial, Lomond School

Brown Cup Scottish Schools Champions 2018

High School of Dundee A team:
Anna Sturrock: Laser Radial
James Gifford: Optimist
Tom Mitchell: Topper



Colin Tait 
LESC Sailing Secretary


Brown Cup 2018 - full results
Brown Cup 2018 Results.xlsx
Microsoft Excel sheet [36.8 KB]

Here is a welcome for the 2018 event and some history of the Brown Cup prepared by Colin Tait:

Brown Cup 1959 - 2018.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [20.1 MB]

Brown Cup 2017





Results to follow


2016 Brown Cup Race Results

The results for the races are shown in the files below:

Brown Cup 2016 Results Toppers.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [231.0 KB]
Brown Cup 2016 Results Oppies.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [249.1 KB]
Brown Cup 2016 Results H-Cap.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [233.4 KB]
Brown Cup 2016 Results Schools.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [256.9 KB]

2016 Brown Cup Photographs

Club member Craig Pagett has kindly made a large number of photographs of the event available. This gallery is just a small selection of the nearly 500 images which can be viewed on Craig's website:


www.craigpagettphotography.co.uk The password is LESC16.


The proceeds from any sales will be donated to the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance.

Brown Cup 2015

84 Competitors assembled at Loch Earn Monday 8th of June for the 56th Brown Cup.


The cup was hotly contested between McLaren High School & Hermitage Academy.


Unfortunately due to a technical glitch with the results software when applying the count back the cup was awarded wrongly to Hermitage Academy. Fortunately this was corrected after the prize giving. A big thank you to Catie Warburton who spotted the glitch with her result and brought it to our attention.


So apologies to Hermitage & McLaren High School for the mistake. Well done to McLaren High School for winning the 56th Brown Cup by 1 point over Hermitage Academy.


This was the 1st time in the history of the Brown Cup that McLaren High School have taken the honours, congratulations to Catie Warburton, Alastair Murphy & Andrew Murphy.


Colin Tait & Cammy Murray.


Photographs from the day were taken by LESC member Craig Pagett and can be found at the following link www.eventfulimages.co.uk , click on PROOFING GALLERIES then when prompted, enter the password 'Loch Earn'.



Brown Cup 2015 Results.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [89.2 KB]
Brown Cup 2015 Results.xlsx
Microsoft Excel sheet [38.1 KB]

Brown Cup 2014

Once again the Brown Cup was a great success. 36 boats took part in a great training weekend followed by the Brown Cup on Monday with an 80 boat turnout. Thanks to all the helpers from LESC and helpers from the visitors who all helped the event run like clockwork. Well done to Hermitage Academy in 1st place & Robert Gordons College in 2nd place.


Great to see LESC club members taking part .Well done to Aaron Murray 5th place in the H/cap fleet, Nicol Halcrow 18th in the H/Cap fleet & Anna Scougal 15th place in the Topper fleet. Anna has been sailing hard in the club races in her Topper and 15th place in a 33 boat fleet was an excellent result.

I’ve left the best to last and what a result for the Orr family & LESC with Cults Academy finishing in 3rd place for the Brown Cup. Mhari finished 6th in the H/Cap fleet, Alex finished 8th in the H/cap fleet & Becky finished 10th in the Topper fleet. This is the best overall Brown Cup result during the years that I have been involved from LESC members so well done.   Colin Tait 10.06.14

Left to right, 2nd place Robert Gordon's College, 1st place Hermitage Academy, 3rd place LESC members representing Cults Academy
Brown Cup 2014 Results.xls
Microsoft Excel sheet [90.5 KB]
Click above for pictures by Martin Scougall
Click above for pictures by Don Orr

Brown Cup 2013

Eighteen schools from across Scotland competed for the Brown Cup at Loch Earn Sailing Club last year. Congratulations to the team from Dunblane High School who were the worthy winners. Fortrose Academy was a very close second with only one point separating the two teams. Full details of the results are given below.




Kindly Sponsored last year by Schroders.



Colin Tait has produced a full report of the Brown Cup racing that can be viewed here:  www.ryascotland.org.uk.

Brown Cup Race Results 2013
Brown Cup Handicap 2013 final.xls
Microsoft Excel sheet [76.0 KB]

The following photographs have been provided courtesy of Alan Henderson from Fotoboat. More images from the Brown Cup can be seen at www.fotoboat.com and the Galleries page of this website.

The Brown Cup - an overview

(Scottish Schools National Sailing Championship)

The idea of widening sailing competition beyond club membership to local schools was the idea of Jack Brown, who was the Commodore of Loch Earn Sailing Club from 1960 to 1962. He put up the Brown Cup for annual competition. Thus the Club began hosting a June regatta, specifically for sailors still at school, which is unique in Scottish sailing circles.


The Brown Cup races are normally held on a Monday school day in June. Over the preceeding two days the youngsters are trained by qualified RYA coaches in the finer points of dinghy racing. On the Monday a series of races are held where the participants can practise the skills they have learnt over the preceeding days. Schools from all over Scotland are invited to compete in teams of three. This is a prestigious event and Loch Earn Sailing Club is recognised across Scotland and also by the Royal Yachting Association for the high standard of race coaching which is delivered.



History of the Brown Cup

Brown Cup 1959 - 2014.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [6.1 MB]

In 2008 Colin Tait was the Sailing Secretary and he wrote a history of the Brown Cup from its inception until 2008. You can view the history by clicking on the link below:

Brown Cup History to 2008.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [218.5 KB]