TWO sea scouts groups from Wirral cruised to victory in a national competition.
West Kirby Sea Scouts and Heswall Sea Scouts joined nine others from across the UK to compete in their annual championship.
The 130 scouts aged 10-18 raced in dinghies over two days.
Competitors took on the challenge either single-handed or in pairs over three categories, under-13s, under-15s and under-18s.
Winners included Dan Pickett and Owen Stephenson, from West Kirby Sea Scouts, who sailed in an RS Feva double hander to take first place in the under-18 slow handicap fleet.
For the under-13 slow handicap fleet the winners were John Forsdick and Ernie Cockram of Heswall group.
Oliver Peachey and Archie Fletcher, together with Luke Pickett and Joe Shaw, all from West Kirby Sea Scouts, took second and third places respectively, all in RS Feva double handers.
West Kirby Sea Scouts trained at West Kirby Marine Lake and at summer camp at Decoy Broad.
The regatta was a chance for the scouts to make friends, gain in confidence and complete badge work.
Norfolk Broads Yacht Club commodore Mr Chris Hanson complimented all the scouts on their sailing skills, and the respect shown for each other as competitors, as well as the equipment and the camp site.
The weekend fun was broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk, and the UK chief commissioner for scouts Wayne Bulpitt came to cheer them all on.
Blofield and Brundall Sea Scouts and Norwich Sea Scouts organised the event, along with hosts Norfolk Broads Yacht Club.
Next year’s competition will be hosted by South Shields Sea Scouts.