Felpham SC youngsters at London and South East Junior Championships

A small team from Felpham Sailing Club (FSC) joined in the RYA London and South East Junior Championships at Queen Mary Sailing Club last month. Here's how they enjoyed it......
29 Oct 21

Roger Belton from the club takes up the story:

Despite the cancellation of sailing due to lack of wind on Saturday, they all had a great time and enjoyed the event. Thank you to the organising team.

Fin sails a Topper and has been taking part in Squad training for a couple of years. He is an experienced young racer, and this is how he felt after the event: “Day one unfortunately got cancelled due to the wind being too light. Day two however it picked up a little. I had a bit of a sketchy 1st race coming 24th which I then used as my discard. I then managed to get a 12th, 4th and 11th which I was really happy about. Overall I came 10th overall out of 48, so I was delighted!"

The event was Caitlin’s first time racing away from her home water on the sea, this is what she said: “I really enjoyed the regatta, but would have loved more wind. I was in the coached regatta fleet which was good as we sailed on Saturday- well drifted! I’d like to do the main fleet next time.”

George raced a club owned Tera….. "This was the first time I have entered a Regional Championship and I had a great time, even though the weather conditions were difficult and I’ve never sailed on a reservoir, or anywhere, except on the sea. I enjoyed the event and was pleased with my results, having come 3rd overall."

Ruby and best buddy Mia often sail together at FSC. Ruby takes up the story: "This was my third year going to the Regional Junior Championships, previously I have come first girl (2018) and 2nd girl (2020) but this year I was not too happy with my result although I did try my best. The conditions were tough as there was not much wind and it was very shifty, but next year I will use the sailing season to improve my light wind sailing! I will hopefully go again next year and improve my result. I really enjoy going to Regionals to represent FSC. I also really love being able to sail in London on a reservoir and experience the different conditions. "

Mia races her John Merricks Sailing Trust/RYA OnBoard RS Tera “Olly” regularly at FSC. This was her experience at the Championships: "This was my third time at the Regional Junior Championships, it is a special event for me as following the 2019 competition I applied for and was awarded an RS Tera from the John Merricks Trust. Sadly due to having to isolate last year I was unable to attend. This year I was very proud to take my boat to Queen Mary SC and compete in the Tera Championship Fleet, and managed to gain first place! It’s always great to represent FSC along with other young sailors at different venues - thanks to the club and everyone who supports me to do well. “

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British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships