The annual Peter Bartlett Youth Regatta took place at Roadford Lake on 17 September with 19 sailors taking to the water and competing in two fleets – beginner and advanced. Each year the event aims to introduce new sailors to racing and support and encourage those looking to improve their skills.

The conditions were variable this year, starting with some strong wind in the morning making for some great sailing, though it dropped the afternoon which really tested the sailors’ skills! This provided some exciting racing for the youngsters, many of whom learnt to sail with RYA OnBoard, the scheme that introduces children of all backgrounds and abilities to sailing and windsurfing.

Phil Timings, Head of Sport and Recreation at the South West Lakes Trust, presented the winners with their trophies and prizes – donated by South West Lakes and event sponsors Ambrosia, Red Paddle Co and Nookie.

Sarah Hallett, who co-ordinated the event at Roadford, said: “The Peter Bartlett Youth Regatta is the highlight of the youth sailing calendar at Roadford for many young sailors. By providing a supportive and encouraging environment our aim is to raise aspirations to take part in racing and develop relevant skills across a range of ages and abilities. I would like to personally thank all the competitors, organisers and supporters, including Roadford Lake Sailing Club, for making the day great fun and overall a huge success!”

Winners:

Beginner Fleet 1. Harvey Holmes 2. Joseph Leahy and Daniel Lindsay 3. James Leahy and Charlie Page

Spot prizes were also awarded to sailors Tolly Hill for his persistence and determination and Ciaran Handforth for his two attempts at knocking the race officer out of the committee boat! 

Advanced 1. Jonathan Griffiths 2. Finlay Barker 3. Rosie Duncan and Daisy Duncan

There are plenty of opportunities to take part in activities at Roadford Lake, including tuition, hire and a number of events. For upcoming events and activities please contact the centre on 01409 211507 or visit www.southwestlakes.co.uk