I feel strongly that national championships should be standalone events so that the crew that win it can describe themselves as the best crew in their country. The hierarchy in terms of status should be:
1. Winner of the UK National Champs
2. Winner of the National Circuit Series (counting discards)
3. Winner of the Travellers Trophy (counting all National Circuit Events).
The problem that we have had in the past is that there has been no coordination of National Championships – I seem to remember that a couple of years ago we had the Dutch, Scottish and maybe the Irish Champs all on one weekend in September.
One option would be a new ‘Champion of Champions’ series counting the UK, Scottish, Irish, Danish, and Dutch Championships (yes, I know that Scotland is still part of the UK at the moment).