News from Duncan West, the RYA's High Performance Manager for the South and South West.
RYA South Zone Squads
weather has continued to be mixed with no wind and ice to heavy rain and gales,
luckily we had no training over the Dinghy Show weekend, so we did not lose any
training to the snow. Hopefully with spring
definitely in the air we will see great sailing conditions for the rest of
training, which concludes with a joint Topper and Optimist camp at WPNSA at the
end of May. Lynn Billows launched the Topper Class All Girls Training (a joint
RYA Class association initiative), at their winter championships at WPNSA last
month. The national events season has started with the Toppers holding their
winter championships at WPNSA, the Optimist there spring championships at Royal
The youth sailors from the
region have been up to Largs, Scotland for this year’s Youth Nationals for
dinghy classes, over Easter experiencing some very cold and challenging sailing.
The windsurfers have had their Youth Nationals at WPNSA the following week. http://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/rya-youth-nationals-2018.aspx
We have had some notable
29er Boys: 2nd, James Hammett & Piers Nicholl,
HISC; 3rd Freddie Peters & Elliott Wells HISC; 4th Henry
Jameson & Toby Atherton HISC / Gurnard SC
29er Girls: 3rd Freya Black & Millie Aldridge
HISC/Parkstone Y C
29er Mixed 2nd Iain Bird & Anna Rowe HISC/IBRSC; 3rd Elizabeth Albone
& Oliver King MKSC/ HISC
420 Boys: 2nd Bertie Fisher & Fraser Hemmings Itchenor SC; 3rd Haydn
Sewell & William Heathcote R Lymington Y C
420 Girls: 1st Vita Heathcote & Milly Boyle, R
Lymington Y C;
420 Mixed: 3rd Eleanor Keers & Aaron Chadwick,
Laser Radial Boy: 1st Jake Bowhay, Stokes Bay S C;
3rd Arthur Fry, R Lymington Y C
Laser Radial Girl: 1st Chloe Barr, Stokes Bay SC;
4th Matilda Nicholls, R Lymington YC / Aldeburgh Y C
Laser Standard: 4th Jordan Giles, R Lymington Y C
Nacra 15 Open: 1st William Smith & Abigail
Clarke, Grafham SC/ R Lymington Y C; 4th Ben Harris & Annabel
Luxton Weston/Royal Lymington
While the Youth nationals
were running, in Greece our Laser 4.7 sailors were experiencing great success
with Flo Nicholls Royal Lymington YC, winning the U16 European Championships
and Abby Childerley Royal Southern YC 2nd. While Finley Dickinson HISC, also winning Gold
in the Boys event.
Following from these
events the World Sailing Youth Worlds team were selected with a strong
representation from southern regions sailors. More info here.
The British Youth Sailing
Team for the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships:
420 Girls: Vita Heathcote
(16) and Milly Boyle (17) – Royal Lymington Yacht Club
29er Girls: Freya Black (16) and Millie
Aldridge (17) – HISC / Parkstone Sailing Club
Laser Radial Girls: Matilda Nicholls (16) – Royal
Lymington Y. C.
Boys: Jake Bowhay (17) – Stokes Bay S. C.
Nacra 15 William
Smith (16) and Abigail
Clarke (17) - Grafham Water S. C. / Royal Lymington Y. C.
the new British Youth Sailing Recognised Club
the past 18 years, that RYA Champion Club and previously Volvo Champion Club
has been running. During this period we have seen thousands of club sailors
progress through the British Youth Sailing Pathway and develop a lifelong love
of the sport of sailing.
a thorough review, we have taken the decision that now it is the right time to
end the RYA Champion Club programme and this will take effect on the 31st March
2018. This will be replaced by a new RYA programme “British Youth Sailing
Recognised Club”, with the intention to more accurately target the benefits of
the accreditation of the clubs that are demonstrating high quality race
training and racing in the British Youth Sailing Recognised Classes and
supporting the RYA Pathway.
To ensure that the accredited clubs continue to
meet the minimum criteria, British Youth Sailing Recognised Clubs will have to
meet the requirements of an annual inspection.
the Dinghy Show we launch British Youth Sailing Recognised Club, which will be
our new sign of a quality youth training and racing club that is aligned to the
British Youth Sailing Performance Pathway. Clubs are invited to apply for
Recognised Club status. We aim to be able to provide for these new Recognised
Clubs: Support and advice from your Regional HPM; coach development
opportunities for your club coaches; a dedicated website with resources and
videos. Recognised Clubs will be asked to renew annually.
your club meets the new higher criteria for a British Youth Sailing Recognised
Club and would like to apply for recognition please see the new webpage www.rya.org.uk/go/bysrecognisedclub to
download the application form and find out further information.
British Youth Sailing Regional
have changed the name of the Zone Championships to try to truly reflect the
nature of the event to British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships. At
this event we will be running three fleets, Championship Fleet, Coached Regatta
Fleet and Fun OnBoard Fleet. We will continue to run the Club Trophy for the
club that has the most entry’s at the event. It will be held 29th 30th
September at WPNSA.
who are BYS South West Regional Junior Championships for?
Championship Fleet: This is still an
indicator for those who do want to apply for Zone squads so there will be one
serious racing fleet for each of the BYS recognised junior classes.
Coached Racing’ Fleet for sailors who can
sail around triangle course and want to start racing. This fleet will be run by
Zones coaches or the equivalent and will be a brilliant learning experience for
sailors who want to improve their racing skills.
Fun OnBoard Fleet will be run for newer
sailors. Led by local OnBoard instructors, it will be a bit of a regional
end-of-season OnBoard festival filled with games, kids sailing all types of
boats and heaps of OnBoard club camaraderie.
Windsurf activity in the region is looking up, Oxford SC had a very successful
Open day with over 20 young sailors attending, there is increased activity at
Calshot Flyers Team15 club and Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre, Reading is in
discussions about forming a Team15 club. As the “Best of the East” swept the
country we run the Team15 club development day at Burghfield SC. We are also
going to be supporting a windsurf instructor course run at Axbridge Sat/Sun
16/17 June, Fri/Sat/Sun 22/23/24 June for Team15 volunteers. There is also an
Intermediate Instructor course running at Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre,
Reading 1st to 4th July. We are working
hard to support grass roots windsurfing participation and always looking for
new clubs. If you are interested in setting up a Team15 club please do get in
The Team15 interclubs have been confirmed for 2018
Event 1: 19th
Event 2: 23rd
Event 3: 21st
Racing Coach Development
We have just run a course at HISC and Royal
Lymington YC this summer. Any club wishing to host a course needs to programme it as
soon as possible as there is a 3 mouth setup time so we are look at course in
the autumn. Information on RCL2 course can be found here. The RCL3 course will be running again in 2018,
aimed at experienced club coaches looking to reflect and develop their
coaching. Any coach looking to gain more
information about the course can find it here.
DATES for 2018 and 2019
5th – 7th
May 2018: RYA Eric Twiname Zone and Home Country Championships,
Rutland Water SC.
15th – 16th
September 2018: National Windsurfing Championships, Rutland
29th – 30th
September 2018: British Youth Sailing South Regional Junior Championships,
20th – 21st
October 2018: RYA Youth Team Racing Championships, Oxford SC
13th – 19th
April 2019: RYA Youth
National Championships, WPNSA, Dorset.
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