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British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships

At this event we will be running three fleets, Championship Fleet, Coached Regatta Fleet and OnBoard Fun Fleet. The event as a whole is a festival for all junior sailors who are learning to sail in club boats, through to racing sailors in Recognised Junior Classes. With the three different fleets there should be something for your level of sailing. Along with prizes for event winners, there will be a range of prizes for sailors exhibiting the British Youth Sailing Values and Behaviours and showing a passion for the sport. There is also the Club Trophy for the club that has the most entries at the event. As usual it will be held over the last weekend in September, 26th & 27th at venues around the country. Entry will open in July and last entries by 20th September.

So which fleet should you be sailing in at the Regional Junior Championships?

  • Championship Fleet:
    • Prizes for Top Girls and Boys and Regional Champion.
    • Racing fleet for each of the BYS Recognised Junior Classes.
    • Sailors may be also competing at regional open meetings.
    • May stay afloat all day.
    • This fleet is an indicator for those who are applying to be in the Regional Training Groups.
  • Coached Regatta Fleet
    • For sailors who can sail around a triangle course and want to start racing.
    • This fleet will be run by British Youth Sailing Coaches or the equivalent and will be a brilliant learning experience for sailors who want to improve their racing skills.
    • Racing in BYS Recognised Classes.
    • Preparation for Championship Fleet next year.
    • Prizes for BYS Values and Behaviours as well as results.
  • OnBoard Fun Fleet
    • Run for newer sailors.
    • Led by local OnBoard instructors.
    • A regional end-of-season OnBoard festival filled with games, sailing all types of boats and heaps of OnBoard club camaraderie.
    • Sailing in any suitable class of dinghy
    • Ideally under 13 aged sailors
    • 2 day event
    • An end of year regatta for Onboard sailors
    • Please see the OnBoard pages for more info    

The venues and classes are as follows: Classes to be confirmed

South & South West Regions Junior Championships - WPNSA

Championship Classes - Optimist, Topper, RS Tera (Sport Rig), RS Feva XL, Windsurfers    Coached Regatta Fleet - Optimist, Topper, RS Feva (no spinnakers), RS Tera (sport rig)      OnBoard Fun Fleet - ASWC providing RS Zest boats - OTC providing Windsurfers

East Region Junior Championships - Grafham Water SC

Championship Classes - Topper, Optimist, Cadet, RS Feva XL, RS Tera (Sport Rig), Laser 4.7s Coached Regatta Fleet - Topper, Optimist, RS Feva XL (no spinnakers), RS Tera (Sport Rig)OnBoard Fun Fleet - Suitable appropriate dinghy

London & South East Region Junior Championships - Queen Mary SC

Championship Classes - Topper, Optimist, RS Feva XL, RS Tera (Sport Rig), Windsurfers (East & LSE) 

Coached Regatta Fleet - Topper, Optimist, RS Feva XL (no spinnakers), RS Tera (Sport Rig)OnBoard Fun Fleet - Suitable appropriate dinghy

North Region Junior Championships - Ullswater Yacht Club

Classes - Optimist, Topper, RS Tera (Sport Rig), RS Feva XL                                    Coached Regatta Fleet - Optimist, Topper, RS Tera (Sport Rig)                                                  OnBoard Fun Fleet - Tbc

Midlands Region Junior Championships - Rutland SC

Classes - Optimist, Topper, Windsurfers, RS Feva XL, RS Tera (Sport Rig), Windsurfers (North & Midlands)

Coached Regatta Fleet - Topper, Optimist, RS Tera (Sport Rig)                                              OnBoard Fun Fleet - boats supplied

Home Countries

Scottish Regional Junior Championships - tbc

Welsh Regional Junior Championships - tbc

Northern Ireland Regional Junior Championships - tbc

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John Merricks Sailing Trust

  We are excited to announce that John Merricks Sailing Trust will be supporting OnBoard again this year. As the Official Charity Partner, the JMST will donate 50 (10 boats/boards per year) single-handed junior pathway boats and boards (Topper, Optimist, Laser 4.7, Bic Techno 293OD) to promising OnBoard sailors, providing them with the opportunity to progress their skills and continue to participate in the sport. The boats will be gifted to promising youngsters who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals. Each year, at least one young sailor will be selected from each of the nine BYS Regional Junior Championships giving them two years of exclusive use of their own boat donated by the Trust. After which the boats will be returned to the sailor’s original OnBoard club so other young OB sailors can continue to benefit in the future and progress into club and regional racing activities. The boat will be owned by the OnBoard club throughout the loan period. To be considered: 1.      OnBoard sailors must compete at one of the BYS Regional Junior Championships in September (and state that they are from OnBoard).   2.      After the event complete an application form and return to RYA OnBoard Application forms will be available at the BYS Regional Junior Championships and will also be available online shortly.

For JMST information please see go to

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