The British Youth Sailing (BYS) Regional Junior Championships will take place at venues across England and the Home Countries this June. The regional regattas encourage juniors (under 16s) of all skill levels to participate in an action-packed and fun weekend on the water.
Junior sailors and windsurfers will be split into three fleets based on experience level. A fun Rookie fleet for newcomers, a coached regatta fleet for those developing their racing skills, and a championship fleet for experienced racers.
The Rookie Fleet supported by RYA OnBoard, is designed for entry-level junior sailors. Sessions are aimed at sailors aged between 8-12, providing a fun-filled weekend of light coaching and instructor-led games on the water.
No boat, no problem! Rookie Fleet sailors can enter using a boat provided by the organisers at no extra cost. Select events also allow sailors to bring their own boat and you will be provided with the option at the time of booking. If bringing your own boat, please ensure it is insured with valid third-party liability insurance.
Junior sailors will need to bring their own sailing clothing which must include a buoyancy aid, wetsuit and footwear. If you need to borrow equipment, please speak to your home club or contact the individual event organiser, who will be happy to help!
The Coached Regatta Fleet is for intermediate junior sailors hoping to progress their skills in sailing. This fleet is tailored towards juniors who can sail around a triangle course and are ready to begin racing.
Led by British Youth Sailing Coaches, the Intermediate fleet is perfect for preparing juniors to progress into the Championship Fleet next year. Events will conclude with prizes presented to sailors that have shown BYS sportsmanship behaviours as well as the results
The Championship Fleet is for experienced junior racers who may already be actively competing in BYS Recognised Classes. Competitors will spend most of the day on the water and experience a focused championship element.
Events will conclude with prizes presented to the top performing junior sailors in each class and Regional Champions.
Classes will vary in each region, please check you select the right class and fleet for your junior before registering.
Dinghy classes include Optimist, Topper, RS Tera Sport and RS Feva XL. There will also be Championship racing for Cadets at Grafham Water Sailing Club and ILCA 4s at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, Grafham Water Sailing Club and Royal Torbay Sailing Club.
Windsurfing classes include the Techno 293 with either 4.5, 5.8, 6.8 or 7.8m rig for the Championship fleet.