The spotlight was turned on the some of the UK’s most promising young sailors, windsurfers and powerboaters today (02 March 2014) as the first ever winners of the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards were revealed at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show.   

The awards were presented by the British Sailing Team’s Dylan Fletcher and recognise the outstanding achievement and performance of young people across the range of activities the RYA represents.  

The RYA Regional Youth Champions winners are:

Thames Valley: Leila Moore

Eastern: Bryony Bennett-Lloyd and Annabel Cattermole

North East: Ben Russell

South East: Ross Banham

South West: Bella Fellows

Scotland: Gillies Munro and Daniel Harris

North West: Hannah Bristow

Northern Ireland: Liam Glynn

East Midlands: Ellie Craig

Southern: Anthony Parke

Yorkshire and Humberside: Reanna Wilson

West Midlands: Kieran Martin

Wales: Ellie Meopham  

Dylan Fletcher commented: “It was great to be here to meet everyone and to present these inaugural awards. It’s really important to recognise people on every level and these youngsters are all so passionate about their sport and they all put in the extra effort”.  

Ellie Craig, RYA East Midlands winner added: “It felt really good to be recognised for my sailing and it’s also fantastic publicity for my club, they are really proud of me. I love the challenges that the sport presents and the feeling you get when you do well in sailing”.  

All awards winners have been selected by the RYA’s 13 regional committees. For more information visit