Welsh Youth and Junior Championships Goes Virtual

With the ‘Wet’ Welsh Youth and Junior Championships 2020 postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, RYA Cymru Wales wanted to keep sailors racing through e-sailing
22 Jun 20

Over the weekend just under 40 sailors took part in thefirst ever Welsh e-sailing championships. The racing was run using VirtualRegatta and sailors were in touch with each other through zoom.

Fleets included a RS Terra, Optimist, Topper, and a GeneralHandicap/ Coach/ Parent Fleet.

Sarah McGovern, RYA Cymru Wales Performance Manager andEvent Director said: "It wasgreat to see so many sailors taking part in the e-racing. Though we couldn'trun the Welsh Youth & Junior Championships we were still able to providethe opportunity for sailors to practice their strategy and tactics and tointeract with other sailors over Zoom. We are also able to offer racing toParents and Coaches who would normally we volunteering or working at the event.Thank you to Jonny McGovern for helping run some of the racing. Hopefully wecan get back on the water for some sailing and racing soon!"

“Sport has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals.E-Sailing has enabled the boating community to keep in touch with their friendsand fellow club members during the lockdown restrictions. In May we held thee-sailing spring club championships, several CYRCs have been run through virtualregatta and now we’ve had a successful Welsh Youth and Junior Championships, I’mlooking forward to seeing more e-sailing take place as well as the return of actualboating! Well done to all of the competitors and thank you to Sarah and theevents team for organising” concluded Gerwyn Owen, RYA Cymru Wales CEO."

Full results can be found here.