RYA North East Youth Championships at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club saw more
than 50 competitors battling for honours in 29ers, 420s, Lasers and RS200s.
race management combined with ideal conditions for a memorable weekend of close
racing and there were prizes and goodies for everyone thanks to headline sponsor
Rooster Sailing and further support from Ovington Boats and Nestle UK.
races were fitted in by race officer Jon Abbatt and PRO Henry Wright and on the
Saturday evening competitors and their families joined the club's Bonfire
director Jennie Clark described it as "a real celebration of youth
sailing": "We have been
delighted to welcome visitors from other regions - including Scotland, Northern
Ireland and Wales - and it has shown just how much enthusiasm there is for this
type of event. It was all that's good about youth sailing in the north and it showcased
what we can do in the region in terms of events and race management."
at the event - also known as The Big One! - demonstrated high standards of racing and rules observance and competition throughout
the fleets was close, with the overall results for some being decided in the
last 100 yards of the final race.
the 29er fleet, Toby Cope and Harry
Pulford (Carsington SC) finished first overall with Pierce Harris and Alfie
Cogger (Windermere School) second and Ewan Luke and Zac Blomely
(Llandudno/Rydal Penros) third.
RS200 fleet victory went to Ollie Groves and Esther Parkhurst (Beaver SC)
ahead of Henry and Jamie Rastrick (Yorkshire Dales SC) in second and Robert
Richardson and Emily Ingham (Ullswater YC) in third.
Laser fleet honours went to James Tulley (Yorkshire Dales SC) with Sam
Rutherford (RYA NI) second and Tom Storey (Yorkshire Dales SC) third. In the 420s the win went to Emily
Biggar and Szymon Matyjaszczuk (Solway YC) ahead of Ellie Clark and Elizabeth
Cattermole (Ripon SC/GWSC).
Feedback from a survey carried out by
event organisers has been overwhelmingly positive, citing good race management and
value for money. Many also mentioned how much fun they'd had
and more than 95% said they would return if it was run again. "Fab event.
We loved it! Great to see sailors from other classes too," was among the
comments, while another respondent summed it up with: "One of the best youth events
I've been to!"
29er fleet winner Toby Cope said:
"I really enjoyed having a relaxed event compared to the normal back-to-back
racing of the national circuit. Coming in for a hot lunch was a revolution,
especially from the amazing galley staff at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club! It was a great
venue and produced very close racing across the classes. A great event overall!"
RS200 winning helm Ollie Groves added:
"It was run really well in some cold but great conditions. The 200 fleet
had some really close and competitive racing; no-one was able to break too far
away from the fleet. It’s definitely an event we’d be looking to do again."