Over 150 sailors took to the water at Strangford Lough Yacht
Club over the weekend (21 – 22 September) to compete at the RYANI Youth
An impressive 135 boats registered for the event, which
marked the 30th anniversary of the Youth Championships.
At the event, RYANI
Performance Development Officer James Farrell and RYANI Lead Topper Coach Chris
Penney provided pre-race instruction for sailors.
On Saturday, wind
conditions provided a fantastic day of sailing, with all fleets completing a
full schedule of racing. On Sunday, all fleets on the junior course and regatta
fleet completed their races but the wind played havoc with plans later in the
day and the youth classes missed out on one race.
Hanna Dadley Young,
representing Ballyholme Yacht Club, took top spot and was crowned first junior
overall and first junior lady overall.
Lucy Kane from East
Antrim Boat Club and Emma Gallagher from Malahide Yacht Club were crowned first
youth lady overall and Dan McGaughey, representing Ballyholme Yacht club, took
the first youth overall prize.
East Antrim Boat
Club clinched the Club Trophy and the hotly contested Schools Cup went to Sullivan
Performance Manager, Matt McGovern, commented: ‘It has been a fantastic weekend
with a range of different conditions, all of which have been a great test for
the young sailors.
“With great depth
of competition in the Topper and Laser class it looks like these fleets are set
to keep producing some top sailors of the future. It was also pleasing to see a
strong number of competitors in the double handed classes for the second year
in a row, hopefully there is a bit of momentum there to build upon.”
McGovern added: “From
a sustainability point of view Strangford Lough Yacht Club and RYA Northern Ireland
worked hard to reduce paper and single use plastics at the event. This was a
great success and set the bar for future events. The support from Keep Northern
Ireland Beautiful was vital in helping us achieving this.”
Full results from
the event are available here: