A lack of wind didn’t
stop more than 280 junior sailors having a fantastic opening day to the 32nd
Eric Twiname Junior Championships.
out around Rutland Water as the youngsters, aged between 10 and 16, messed
about on their boats in the glorious sunshine.
The sailors hail
from the RYA’s ten home countries and regions nationwide, and represent the
very best in regional talent.
Racing will now
start in eight RYA-recognised classes – Optimist, RS Feva, Topper and Laser
dinghies and four kinds of Bic Techno windsurfer – tomorrow, weather depending.
“The weather in
Rutland was simply beautiful today but unfortunately the wind didn’t play ball,”
said regatta director Chris Atherton, the RYA’s senior high performance manager.
“There was no
end of fun being had out on the water however, and everyone had a fantastic day
regardless of the racing. That’s really what events like this are all about.”
regatta, hosted by Rutland Sailing Club in conjunction with the Eric Twiname
Trust, runs until Monday 7 May.
It is named in
memory of legendary sailor, author and journalist Eric Twiname, and is regarded
by many young racers as a rite of passage as they continue their journey to
become top-level racers.
As well as the
racing there’s a busy social schedule that includes inter-zone human table
football and giant board games.