Sailing and yacht clubs across the region are being invited to host the RYA North East Youth Racing Series next summer.

In 2018 the series had 11 open meetings and more than 80 young sailors took part at a variety of inland and sea venues, with turnouts ranging from 10 to tens depending on the weather.

The RYA North East Regional Volunteer Team, which organises the annual series, is now on the look-out for clubs willing to support the 2019 series, which will again comprise a number of one-day coaching and racing events held on Saturdays between mid-April and mid-July.

For the coming year, the target is for the northern and southern halves of the region to each hold six regattas. As regional chair Ian Smith explains: "The purpose of the Series is to provide experience for young sailors to compete with other young sailors in well-run regattas within a reasonable travelling distance of their home clubs."

He urges clubs willing to host an event to get in touch, adding that the benefits from taking part in the series in recent years have included:

  • A focus for the host club to motivate and train their own junior members.
  • Opportunities to augment the club race team with helpers on start boats, rescue boats etc. from volunteers from other clubs
  • Meeting other young sailors and parents, with many travelling to a number of regattas and building up a camaraderie during the season.
  • Competitors having a chance to receive instruction from RYA qualified race coaches.

The series organisers provide templates of race documentation, guidelines for formats and a results publishing service on the website. The series is publicised through the dedicated RYA North East Youth Traveller Series website and on the RYA website's regional news pages.

The 2018 format of racing proved popular, with a programme of several short races during the day and a lunch break ashore. The series coincides with the school summer term and is targeted at an age range from eight to 18, with competing in just four regattas earning an overall series position.

Clubs are invited to express an interest in hosting a round of the series as soon as possible by emailing the Regional Volunteer Team here, so that a programme, spaced out in time and distance in each half of the region, can be established ready to publish this autumn.