The inaugural British Youth Sailing
(BYS) Regional Junior Championships will be a real celebration of junior
sailing - catering for all abilities from rookie sailors to experienced racers.
The event replaces the former Zone
Championships and aims to provide a broader format to encourage more young
sailors to take part. Held at multiple regional venues over
the last weekend in September, the BYS North Regional Junior Championships will
take place at Ullswater
Yacht Club with racing fleets for the Topper, Optimist, RS Tera Sport and RS
There will also be regatta fleets for
Topper, Tera and Optimist sailors and an OnBoard fun fleet for those
learning sailing through OnBoard groups.
Entry is now open here along with all the event details and race documents.
Sam Usher, RYA North East Regional
Development Officer, said: “It will be a great introduction to big events for
new or inexperienced sailors while at the same time offering competitive fleet
racing for junior sailors in BYS-recognised classes, including those who want
to apply for a place in the 2018-19 RYA Zone Squads.”
He added that with the introduction of
an OnBoard fleet for the first time, the event would bring together junior
sailors of all abilities from across the region: “The OnBoard fleet activity
will be full of on-the-water games with the core focus of improving skills and
sailors enjoying their time on the water.
"With activities to help progress
young sailors no matter what their skill level is, it will be a fantastic
opportunity for them to get out there and sail with kids from other OnBoard
clubs and experience the thrill of sailing at a big event. Myself and the regional team will be
there and we're looking forward to seeing lots of young sailors take to the
For clubs, parents and sailors wanting
to get set for the first ever BYS Regional Junior Championships, check out our RYA North East Q&A guide:
The BYS Regional Junior Championships
take place at nine regional venues over the weekend of 29-30 September,
including at Ullswater SC for the North, with sailors choosing the event they
want to enter according to the class they sail and where they live. The
Championships will cater for squad sailors and experienced racing sailors and
are also a great opportunity for club sailors looking to travel for the first
time. With three different fleets there is something for all levels of sailing
Why has the event name changed?
The former Zone Championships always
welcomed regatta fleet sailors but primarily attracted main fleet racing sailors seeking selection for
squad places. The aim is to now encourage greater participation and provide a
pathway for up and coming young sailors of all backgrounds and abilities. The
change of name to British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships is
designed to reflect this new emphasis.
What are the different fleets?
Championship Fleet: There
will be championship racing for the following BYS Recognised Junior Classes:
Optimist, Topper, RS Tera Sport and RS Feva XL. Sailors may stay afloat all day
and there will be up to seven races over the weekend. The results count as an
indicator for those who want to apply for RYA Zone Squads.
Coached Regatta Racing Fleet: For
Optimist, Topper and RS Tera Sport sailors who can sail around a triangle
course and want to start racing. This fleet will be run by Zone coaches or the
equivalent and will be a brilliant learning experience for sailors who want to
improve their racing skills. It’s also great preparation for joining the Championship
fleet next year. Sailors can sign up for either the Saturday or Sunday or for
Fun OnBoard Fleet:
End-of-season festival filled with
games-with-aims and heaps of OnBoard club camaraderie. Led by local OnBoard instructors
and aimed at the under-13 age group, any suitable class of dinghy is welcome,
with either one or two-day entry available.
What about windsurfers?
Junior windsurfers from the North region will be competing at the BYS Regional Junior Championships Midlands
event over the same weekend, 29-30 September, at
Northampton Sailing Club. This event is for
new and existing windsurfers entering or already windsurfing in the BYS
Pathway, with Championship Fleets
for the 4.5, 5.8, 6.8 and 7.8 Bic Techno
windsurf classes. An ideal end-of-season goal
for T15 windsurfers, with all levels of experience welcome. It is also an
indicator event for those wanting to apply for a place in the North & Midlands Zone squad.
Will there be prizes?
Along with prizes for event winners,
top boys and top girls, 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 a Club Trophy for the club that has the most entries at the
Where can I find out more?
For all the details and documents
check out the following links for the North championship for junior sailors, and Midlands championship for North region windsurfers. For both of these events the Notice of Race is
now available - click on the PDF under ‘Latest Document Updates’. Venue
information can also be found on these pages.
How do I apply for a squad?
The regional championships are
indicator event for sailors and windsurfers in BYS Recognised Junior classes
who want to be selected for one of the RYA Zone Squads. Sailors wanting to be
considered for a Zone Squad place must race in the Championship Fleet and
submit an application for the relevant squad for their class and home
address/home club. Zone Squads offer regional coaching for talented young
sailors looking to develop their racing skills to progress into the RYA UK
Junior Squads. For details visit the RYA Zone Squad pages to find out about indicator
events and selection policies. Zone Squad applications open 1 August.
What is the deadline for entering?
for the BYS Regional Junior Championships is now open and the final date to
submit your entry by is 23 September, the weekend before the event.