The UK’s most promising young sailors and windsurfers were celebrated today (05 March) at the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards ceremony by Paralympic Gold Medallist Helena Lucas.

The annual awards were presented at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, in recognition of the outstanding achievements and performance of young people across the range of activities the RYA represents.

Winners this year include Youth World Champions in the 29er class Tom Darling (Southern Region) and Crispin Beaumont (Midlands Region) who won Gold at the Youth Sailing World Championships in December.

Ellie Clark, who was crowned the RS Tera Sport Northern Traveller series winner last season, picked up the award for the North East region. She said: “It was amazing to be presented with an award by a Gold Medalist. I’d like to thank my friends, crew and parents who take me to all the events, for supporting my sailing”.

RYA Regional Youth Champions 2017:

Eastern: William Pank

London & South East: Sam Williams

Midlands: Crispin Beaumont

North East: Ellie Clark

North West: Sam Cooper

Southern: Tom Darling

South West: Finn Hawkins

Wales: Daniel Whiteley

Northern Ireland: Liam Glynn

Scotland: Andrew Brown

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