Eric Twiname Junior Championship concluded on Bank Holiday Monday with a host
of young sailors crowned winners.
For a third day
the sun beat down on the 280 junior racers as the glorious run of weather continued
at Rutland Water.
aged between 10 and 16, hail from the RYA’s ten home countries and regions
nationwide, and represent the very best in regional talent.
After two days without
wind, the 73-strong Optimist fleet were able to get in two scoring races in light
With a second
and third to her name, 12-year-old Katy Jenkins from Bowmoor was crowned Oppie
Ireland’s Ellen Barbour, 14, representing County Antrim Yacht Club and Royal
North of Ireland Yacht Club, took the top spot in the Topper, while Kai
Wolgram, 14, from Llyn Brenig in Wales won the Laser 4.7 fleet.
Sailing Club’s Iona Shefford, 11, won the Techno 4.5 fleet only finishing
outside of the top three once, while Queen Mary Sailing Club’s William Ziegler,
12, took the Techno 5.8 title.
The Techno 6.8
fleet was won by Tommy Millard, 13, from ASWC Portsmouth, who while Louis
Walker, 14, from Buzz Active Eastbourne, finished top in the Techno 7.8.
In the double-handed
RS Feva class, Felix Stewart and Jake Harris, both 11, from Windemere School,
regatta, hosted by Rutland Sailing Club in conjunction with the Eric Twiname
Trust, was won overall by the RYA’s London and South East region (pictured below).
Twiname Junior Championships 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.
include some of today’s most successful British sailors.
have asked for more sunshine this weekend,” said event director Chris Atherton,
the RYA’s senior high performance manager, “but a bit more wind would have been
“In terms of
racing it was a tricky event but the junior sailors were brilliant and if their
smiles and laughter is anything to go by they had a great weekend.
“Thanks go to
everyone who made this event great, from the sailors and parents to the
volunteers, everyone at Rutland Sailing Club and of course the Eric Twiname
from the event can be found here.