Thousands of youngsters will take to the water this
weekend for a countrywide celebration of sailing as part of British Youth
Sailing’s Regional Junior Championships.
Children aged between six and 16 will descend on eight
venues across the UK for two days of fun afloat on September 29 and 30.
Among those taking part will be some of the nation’s most
promising young racers, as well as a host of kids getting their first taste of
For the first time, competitors will be split into three
fleets – a new Fun OnBoard fleet for newcomers, a coached regatta fleet for
those developing their racing skills and a championship fleet for experienced
Members of the British Sailing Team will also be on hand
at a number of venues to talk to competitors and give them coaching tips.
Regattas are being held in each of the RYA’s regions and
- East – Grafham Water SC, Huntingdon, Cambs
- London and South East – Queen Mary SC, Ashford,
- South and South West – WPNSA, Portland, Dorset
- North – Ullswater SC, Ullswater, Cumbria
- Midlands – Northampton SC, Northampton, East
- Scotland – Helensburgh SC, Helensburgh
- Wales – Pembrokeshire YC, Milford Haven
- Northern Ireland – Royal North of Ireland YC,
Cultra, Co. Down
Along with prizes for
event winners there will be a range of prizes for sailors exhibiting the
British Youth Sailing Values and Behaviours and showing a passion for the
The Regional Junior Championships were previously known
as the RYA Zone Championships, but the decision was taken to change the name so
as to truly reflect the nature of the regattas: a fun, inclusive festival of
sailing for under 16s regardless of ability, but with a championship element
for serious racers.
“We’re so excited about this year’s Regional Junior
Championships,” said Mark Nicholls, the RYA’s Youth Racing Manager.
“We’ve had a record number of entries this year, and with
the introduction of the Fun Onboard fleet we will be introducing a huge number
of youngsters to sailing.
“The regatta fleet will benefit from great support from
our expert coaches, and we’re expecting some hotly contested racing in the
“It’s shaping up to be a hugely enjoyable weekend of
racing offering something for everyone, and we can’t wait to get started.”
British Youth Sailing will be running a photo competition
for competitors on Instagram during the event, with prizes to be won.
To enter, upload your best photos of the event and tag British
Youth Sailing (@britishyouthsailing) or use the hashtag #RJC2018. The winners
will be announced following the event.
For the all the latest news, photos and videos from the Regional
Junior Championships, stay tuned to British Youth Sailing’s social media
channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.