British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships

Check out our guide to this annual festival of junior sailing
 

The British Youth Sailing (BYS) Regional Junior Championships will be returning to venues across England and the Home Countries at the end of September.

This annual celebration of all that’s great about junior sailing aims to be fun and inclusive for under-16s of all abilities and will once again include Championship fleets for experienced sailors, Regatta fleets for rookie racers and OnBoard fleets for those who are new to the sport.

“There really is something for everyone!” says Tim Hall, Regional Performance Manager for the Midlands. “It’s all about having a good time and inspiring junior sailors of all ages and abilities. If you’re a racing sailor, come along and show us what you can do. And if you’re a less experienced racer, or maybe a younger sibling not quite ready for the championship fleet, come and join the Regatta or OnBoard fleet and we’ll support you.”

“We have lots to celebrate after last year, when many events were affected by either Covid restrictions or adverse weather conditions, so we’re really looking forward to the return of this annual festival of junior sailing. Please do share the details with juniors and parents at your club because it will be a great opportunity for our young sailors to get on the water with friends, develop their skills and of course have lots of fun!”

Along with prizes for event winners, there will be a range of prizes for sailors exhibiting British Youth Sailing Values and Behaviours and showing a passion for the sport. There is also the Club Trophy for the club that has the most entries at the event.

Take a look at our at-a-glance guide below and for all the details about the BYS Regional Junior Championships, including Notice of Race and entry, visit www.rya.org.uk/racing/british-youth-sailing/events

When are the BYS Regional Junior Championships?

Events will take place at various venues over the weekend of 25-26th September 2021 for junior sailors, with a number of separate dates the weekend before, 18-19th September, for windsurfers.

Who can enter and what are the different fleets?

Junior (U16) sailors and windsurfers aged between six and 15 across three fleets:

  • OnBoard Fleet: For newcomers to sailing just starting out at their clubs after taking Stage 1&2 courses. Led by RYA instructors with lots of ‘games with aims’ – participants can bring their own boat or use a boat provided by the host venue, making it super-easy to take part!
  • Coached Regatta Fleet: For those who can sail around a triangle course and want to develop their racing skills with support from BYS coaches.
  • Championship Fleet: For experienced racers and also a must-do indicator event for those wishing to be considered for selection to the BYS Regional Training Groups 2021-22.

What classes are eligible for the Regatta and Championship fleets?

RYA Junior Pathway classes: Optimist, Topper, RS Tera Sport and RS Feva XL. There will also be Championship racing for ILCA 4s and Cadets at Grafham.

Where are the events for junior sailors?

Check out the details for each venue and enter the event for the region where your home club is located or for where you live:

  • South & South West: Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Championship Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, RS Feva XL, Tera Sport); Regatta Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, Tera); OnBoard Fleet
  • East Region: Grafham SC - Championship Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, RS Feva XL, Tera Sport, ILCA 4, Cadets); Regatta Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, Tera Sport); OnBoard Fleet
  • London & South East: Queen Mary SC – Championship Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, RS Feva XL, Tera Sport); Regatta Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, Tera Sport); OnBoard Fleet
  • North Region (NE & NW): Derwent Reservoir SC - Championship Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, RS Feva XL, Tera Sport); Regatta Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, Tera Sport); OnBoard Fleet
  • Midlands: Carsington SC - Championship Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, RS Feva XL, Tera Sport); Regatta Fleet (Optimists, Toppers, Tera Sport); OnBoard Fleet

Where are the events for junior windsurfers?

Following consultations with windsurfers and coaches looking at how to grow participation, there will be three standalone British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Windsurfing Championships in England at the following venues:

  • South & South West: Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy, 18-19th September, coaching on Saturday, Racing on Sunday
  • East and London & South East: Datchet Water SC, 18th September
  • North Region (NE & NW), Midlands & Wales: Glossop SC, 18th September

Home Countries

  • Scottish Regional Junior Championships: Loch Tummel SC – Championship Fleet (Optimist, Topper), Regatta Fleet, Windsurfing Fleet.
  • Welsh Regional Junior Championships: Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy –Championship Fleet (Optimist, Topper, Tera Sport, General Handicap); Regatta Fleet.
  • Northern Ireland Regional Junior Championships: Carrick Fergus YC – Championship Fleet (Toppers, ILCAs).

    How do I enter?

  • Entry for the BYS Regional Junior Championships is due to open on 1st August 2021 and the deadline for entering will be 12th September (Windsurfers) and 19th September (Dinghies). Enter at: www.rya.org.uk/events/racing-events

 

JOHN MERRICKS SAILING TRUST

Do you know a deserving young sailor or windsurfer who would benefit from their own boat or board to help them develop their racing skills?

John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) will again be awarding a boat or board to at least one promising young sailor or windsurfer selected from each of the nine BYS Regional Junior Championship events.

The awards will be made to those who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals, and will give the recipients two years of exclusive use of their own boat or board donated by the Trust, after which they will be gifted to their club so other young sailors can benefit in the future.

Applications are now open. Find out more about the JMST scheme here.