region had one of the most successful events in the country for the first-ever
British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships - with 168 young sailors taking
part at Ullswater Yacht Club.
impressive turn-out from across the region made it the second largest event out
of the eight held at venues nationwide, beaten only by the South and South West
championship held on Olympic waters at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing
replaced the former Zone Championships and aimed to provide a broader format to
encourage more young sailors to take part, from rookies to experienced racers.
an OnBoard fleet for those relatively new to the sport, a coached Regatta fleet
for those learning to race or wanting to improve their skills, and a
Championship racing fleet for more experienced sailors competing for honours
and possible RYA Zone Squad selection.
RYA Regional Development Officer for the North East, said: "It was windy
all weekend but even the OnBoard fleet sailed throughout. We got to see the
whole junior pathway, from beginners through to experienced sailors, and had
some great feedback from parents new to the sport.
"Our youngest participant was
four-year-old Molly Wilson from Filey SC in the OnBoard fleet and the oldest
sailors went up to 16-years-old. We'd just like to say a really big thank you
to all the participants and also to the parents, for supporting their children
to take part and helping to make it such a successful event."
Special guest at the event was Olympic
Laser Radial sailor Ali Young, from the British Sailing Team, who was on shore
chatting to sailors and also waist-deep in the water helping children to launch
and recover their boats while giving them lots of tips!
In the 33-boat
Topper Championship fleet, first overall and first girl was Leah Fidling
counting a scoreline of three firsts and three seconds. First boy in second
overall was Oliver Mills ahead of Thomas Link in third and Austin Wright in
fourth. Second and third girls were Chloe Mills and Megan Greaves.
Championship fleet had 19 entries, won overall by George Creasy with five
firsts and a second from the seven-race series, with Edward Coady and Liam
Boyce claiming the second and third podium spots. Top girl was Abi Cowley ahead
of Holly Wright and Olivia Creasy.
First in the
RS Tera fleet was Teddy Dunn with John Bridgeman second and Rebecca Green third,
while the RS Feva XL fleet was dominated by Felix and Theo Stewart, with Eilish
Graham/Olivia Rawlinson second overall and first all-girl team, and Esme Barraclough/William
Bailey third and first mixed team.
The Optimist and Topper Regatta fleets were won by Elizabeth Shilling
and Rhys Fidling respectively, with Thomas Whitehead winning the RS Tera
results can be found here.