The North East & Yorkshire Youth Sailing Traveller Series will be providing competitive, friendly open meetings at 12 clubs across the region this summer.

More than 100 sailors usually compete each year and entries are already coming in for what is expected to be an even more popular edition in 2021 as youth and junior sailors look forward to getting back on the water after a year of Covid-19 restrictions.

Organised by Yorkshire & Humberside Youth Sailing Association, the series kicks off on Saturday 17 April at Pennine SC in the south of the region, followed by Saturday 1 May at Kielder Water SC in the north, and visits a range of fantastic coastal and inland locations.

Open to under-19s and with junior prizes for under-14s, the overall series comprises two circuits covering the north and south of the region, with three events to count for each. This enables sailors to compete for the overall series, with five events to count, and/or for a closer to home mini-series.

Fiona Spence, Youth & Junior Sailing Secretary at Ripon SC, said: “The series aims to provide accessible, supportive and inclusive racing for youth and junior sailors of all ages and abilities. Those at the front are often competing in their chosen class at national level, while those at the back may be venturing onto a racecourse or visiting a new club for the first time.

“It’s a great opportunity for those taking part to meet friends and make new ones, while having fun and developing their skills at different sailing venues, whether they are rookie sailors or experienced racers. We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone and would also like to say a big thank you to all of the clubs which are hosting open meetings for the series this year.”

It costs just £10 per boat to enter an open meeting in the series, with four handicap races scheduled for each event and online briefings the week before. Entry is now open here along with lots of information about the series, including the Notice of Race and information for competitors, clubs and coaches.

Martin Redmond, of Covenham SC, said: “At Covenham we have a broad range of sailing abilities in our strong youth sailing section but few transition into club racing or venture further afield. Hosting an event provides an opportunity for them to sample youth racing in a familiar setting and gain confidence to venture to other clubs within a short travel distance.

“The series is a fantastic platform for all levels of sailor to race, compete and have fun in a handicap race format for youth and juniors and suitable for a wide range of classes. With a warm welcome Covenham SC look forward to greeting other clubs and their youth sailors to our host event in June and to visiting other clubs on our travels around the region.”

2021 Series Dates

  • 17 April - Pennine Sailing Club (South)
  • 1 May - Kielder Water Sailing Club (North)
  • 15 May - West Riding Sailing Club (South)
  • 22 May - Ripon Sailing Club (North & South)
  • 5 June - Scaling Dam Sailing Club (North)
  • 12 June - Covenham Sailing Club (South)
  • 19 June - Sheffield Viking Sailing Club (South)
  • 3 July - Teesdale Sailing & Watersports Club (North)
  • 10 July - Ulley Sailing Club (South)
  • 17 July - South Shields Sailing Club (North)
  • 11 September - Filey Sailing Club (South)
  • 18 September - Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club (North & South) (Series Final, Prize-Giving & Party)

Laser 4.7/ILCA 4 sailor Henry Redmond (pictured below), of Covenham SC, won the overall North East & Yorkshire Youth Travellers Series in 2019 and now aged 16, is looking forward to taking part again in 2021.

He said: “To win the series was a huge surprise to me, however my hard work paid off by sailing and experiencing many different venues. There are lots of opportunities for people to learn and the front end of the fleet is very competitive. Sailors push each other further and further, making it a series for all types of sailors, and there are various sailing environments, including Ripon SC for big fleet, close quarters tactical sailing, and my home club for fast racing on a bigger area of open water. The series is a great stepping-stone and provided confidence for me to travel further afield and compete in larger fleets such as Laser 4.7/ILCA 4 class events.

“Participating in the series has benefitted my sailing as it introduced me to the start of the competitive sailing world. I made some of my best friends from sailing the series. I learnt everything from how to manage my time at an event to sailing tactics at different venues. In the last series we also had a real mixture of conditions to deal with, from very light winds to stormy weather, which improved my confidence and sailing skills. I would recommend this series to both anyone who is starting to race and to the more competitive sailors who want to better their sailing skills.”

For all the details and to enter visit  www.yhysa.org