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
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
- 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