Entries for the British Youth Sailing’s Regional Junior Championships, an eight-venue festival of youth racing, are closing soon - so act fast to make sure you don't miss out.
Children aged six to 16 from the RYA’s five regions and three home countries will descend on eight venues over two weekends in September.
RYA Scotland, RYA Northern Ireland and RYA Cymru Wales will kick off the festival of youth sailing on September 21 and 22 before passing the baton to the English regions the following weekend.
The dates/locations of the Regional Junior Championships are as follows:
Home Countries (September 21 and 22):
Scottish Regional Junior Championships - Dalgety Bay - ENTER NOW
Welsh Regional Junior Championships – Mumbles - ENTER NOW
Northern Ireland Regional Junior Championships - Strangford Lough YC - ENTER NOW
RYA Regions (September 28 and 29):
South & South West – WPNSA - ENTER NOW
East – Burnham - ENTER NOW
London & South East – Datchet Water - ENTER NOW
North - Derwent Reservoir SC - ENTER NOW
Midlands - Draycote SC - ENTER NOW
Entries for the RYA Regions events close on September 22. The Home Countries closing dates are as follows:
Scotland: September 8
Northern Ireland: September 16
Wales: September 18
The Regional Junior Championships offers sailing for all levels with a championship fleet for experienced racers, a coached regatta fleet for those developing their racing skills and a Fun OnBoard fleet for newcomers.
Last year’s edition welcomed over 1,500 youth and junior sailors, and it’s expected that number will increase as the popularity of the event continues to grow.
Along with prizes for event winners there will also be a range of prizes for sailors exhibiting the British Youth Sailing Values and Behaviours and showing a passion for the sport.
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.
“Last year the Regional Junior Championships really showed the strength of youth and junior sailing in this country,” said Mark Nicholls, the RYA’s Youth Racing Manager.
“We had a record number of entries across all the fleets and the blend of fun sailing with competitive racing worked very well.
“This is an event that showcases the love of our sport from a young age and seeing young people enjoy themselves on the water is a real bonus for us as organisers.
“I can’t wait to see hotly contested youth racing, but more importantly the smiles from all the sailors just starting out. I know it’s going to be another great sailing event.”
To find out more about the Regional Junior Championships click here.