A talented group of sailors from Northern Ireland have secured solid results at the Eric Twiname Junior Championships.

The Championships took place at Rutland Water Sailing Club, which played host to over 330 junior racers across nine fleets.

The sailors took a range of sailing and weather conditions in their stride, contending with light to strong winds, sun and hail, and everything in between.

Tom Coulter from Coleraine Yacht Club topped the field, winning a race and finishing the regatta in 6th place overall.

Ethan McCormac from Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club was close on his stern, finishing 9th overall.

Zoe Whitford from East Antrim Boat Club was the first female from Northern Ireland and scored a race win on the Sunday.

RYANI’s High Performance Manager Matt McGovern said: “The Eric Twiname Junior Championships was a fantastic opportunity for our young sailors. Only two members of the team had ever been selected for this event before so it was great for them to experience a major event."

“Our NI sailors have done us proud, they managed to produce excellent performances overall and put into practice their training over the winter months.”

The iconic regatta, hosted by Rutland Sailing Club in conjunction with the Eric Twiname Trust, was won overall by the RYA’s North region.

Full results from the competition are available at http://www.sailingresults.co.uk/