More than 280
of Britain’s most promising young sailors will come together this weekend to
battle it out at the 32nd Eric Twiname Junior Championships.
regatta, hosted by Rutland Sailing Club in conjunction with the Eric Twiname
Trust, will take place in eight RYA-recognised classes – Optimist, RS Feva,
Topper and Laser dinghies and four kinds of Bic Techno windsurfer.
aged between 10 and 16, hail from the RYA’s ten home countries and regions
nationwide, and represent the very best in regional talent.
named in memory of legendary sailor, author and journalist Eric Twiname, is
regarded by many young racers as a rite of passage as they continue their
journey to become top-level racers.
many of the country’s most successful sailors count themselves as past
competitor at the Eric Twiname Junior Championships.
Each of the
sailors has been invited to compete at the regatta, held from May 5-7, after
proving themselves among the top talent from their region.
Eric Twiname Junior Championships is an iconic event that’s now been going for
32 years,” said event director Chris Atherton, the RYA’s Senior High Performance Manager.
regatta brings together the country’s best regional sailors to compete for the
coveted Eric Twiname Junior Championships title.
standard of sailing these young sailors demonstrate never ceases to amaze me –
and there is year-on-year improvement in each of the represented RYA junior
As well as
three days of racing there will be a busy social schedule that includes
inter-zone human table football, ‘pony hoppers’ inflatable horse racing and
giant board games.
A series of
talks for sailors and parents will take place over the regatta, including from
two-time Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker, the RYA’s Director of Racing, at
5pm on Sunday.
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more about the 32nd Eric Twiname Junior Championships click here.
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