The 2019 RYA Youth National Championships will officially
be the biggest ever staged with 389 sailors set to compete in 284 boats.
The event is the highlight of the youth racing calendar,
and will see the country’s most promising young racers go head to head in a
week of fun, exciting action.
The regatta will take place from April 12 to 19 at
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, continuing the legacy of the
London 2012 Olympic sailing competition.
Entries have now closed, with more sailors than ever signing
up to be part of the regatta – a sure sign of Britain’s thriving youth racing scene.
The previous attendance record was set in 2012 when 381
sailors competed in 264 boats at Plas Heli in Pwllheli, Wales.
Historically the Youth Nationals is contested in British
Youth Sailing’s Recognised Classes – Laser Standard and Radial, 420, 29er,
Nacra 15 and BIC Techno 293 – and this remains unchanged in 2019.
The high performance 29er skiff class is set to be the
biggest this year, with 32 boy crews, 18 girls and 11 mixed.
The Topper and Laser 4.7 classes will join the line-up
for the first time, attracting the country’s strongest junior sailors and
helping them transition into youth classes.
And in another first for the regatta, this year sees the
addition foiling kites in recognition of their recent addition to the Paris
2024 sailing competition, while the RS Venture Connect, Hansa 303 and 2.4mR
para classes will take part in a training event.
Racing will begin on Monday April 15 for all classes. The
junior fleets will race until Thursday April 18, while the youth classes will
finish their series on Friday April 19.
On April 19 the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre will be
making their fleet of youth boats available to junior sailors wanting to get a
taste of youth racing.
“With just three weeks to go until the 2019 RYA Youth
National Championships begins we’re getting really excited,” said Mark
Nicholls, the RYA’s Youth Racing Manager.
“This year’s event will be the largest we’ve ever staged,
and we’re delighted to see kite and some junior classes joining us on the
world-class waters of WPNSA.
“While we had hoped to run racing for para classes, their
youth fleet is not quite ready for that yet – however we will run training
instead, and we remain committed to providing opportunities to grow para
sailing in Britain.
“All in all the Youth Nationals is shaping up to be a
brilliant event, and we can’t wait to see all the sailors at WPNSA in a few
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last
hosted the Youth National Championships in 2015.
The regatta will be used as a selection regatta for the
Youth World Championships, taking place in Gydnia, Poland, in July.
Information about the event, including the notice of race, can be found here.