Dinghy Racing
09 Aug 2021

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Youth Championships

The RYA Northern Ireland runs the annual Youth Championships and Schools Cup in the Autumn of each year across a number of classes.
 

About the event

The RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships have been held since 1989.  The event is held annually in the Autumn and is designed to both allow young competitors to compete with the best local sailors and also introduce younger competitors to a large, multi-class regatta.  Up to 164 competitors have entered the even in recent years.

Classes

Racing will normally be available for a number of classes, where numbers permit, including:

  • ILCA 4s, 5s and 7s
  • 420s
  • 29ers
  • Topper 5.3
  • Topper 4.2
  • Optimist
  • RS feva XL

A regatta fleet is also part of the event where less experienced sailors can race under the guidance of a race coach.

Titles

Young sailors can compete for individual class prizes, but also for the overall RYANI Youth Championship titles:

  • Youth Champion
  • Female Youth Champion
  • Junior Male Champion
  • Junior Female Champion
  • Northern Ireland Schools Cup
  • Northern Ireland Club Trophy

2020 Youth Championships

More than 90 of Northern Ireland’s Youth and Junior sailors have taken part in the RYA Northern Ireland Youth Championships, which were hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club.
Racing took part of over two days on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September and the fleets were split to reduce overall numbers on site each day to mitigate risk in accordance with COVID – 19 guidelines.

The ILCA 6 and 420s took to the water on Saturday for five races in perfect conditions of 15 knots and sunshine.

On Sunday the dinghy park was full of activity as the colourful sails of the Topper classes and the youngest competitors readied themselves for the day’s races.

Despite an optimistic start with a light breeze this soon became fickle and shifty which meant only two races were held with no discards available.

Overall results:

ILCA 6

ILCA 4

1stOverall

Tom Coulter

1stOverall

Hannah Dadley-Young

1stBoy

Tom Coulter

1stBoy

Conor McVeigh

1stGirl

Erin Mcllwaine

1stGirl

Hannah Dadley-Young

2nd

Erin Mcllwaine

2nd

Eva Briggs

3rd

Joseph Karauzum

3rd

Conor McVeigh


420 – Northern Championship

1stOverall

Ben Graf & Alexander Farrell

2nd

Jack McDowell & Harry Thomson

3rd

Garrett Leech & Conor Paul

 

TOPPER

TOPPER 4.2

1stOverall

Zoe Whitford

1stOverall

Hugo Boyd

1stBoy

Dan Palmer

1stBoy

Hugo Boyd

2ndBoy

Max Killiner

1stGirl

Jessica Dadley-Young

3rdBoy

Charlie Patterson

2nd

Freddie Doig

1stGirl

Zoe Whitford

3rd

Mateo Moore

2ndGirl

Autumn Halliday

 

3rdGirl

Sophia Cahill

 


RYANI Youth Championships Overall

1stJunior

Zoe Whitford

1stYouth

Tom Coulter

1stLady

Erin Mcllwaine

Club Trophy

Ballyholme Yacht Club

School’s Cup

Larne Grammar


Details of the 2021 RYANI Youth Championships are to follow.