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South Zone Racing Update - October 2017

southA round up of 2017 from Duncan West, RYA High Performance Manager for the South Region

KEY DATES for 2018

1st 6th April 2018: RYA Youth National Championships, Largs, Scotland.

5th 7th May 2018: RYA Eric Twiname Zone and Home Country Championships, Rutland Water SC.

15th 16th September: National Windsurfing Championships, Rutland Water SC.

29th 30th September 2018: RYA Zone Championships, TBC

20th 21st October 2018: RYA Youth Team Racing Championships, Oxford SC

Table of Southern Region Sailing Clubs entering the RYA Zone Championships 2017

RYA Youth National Championships

A very successful event was held over Easter at Hayling Island SC in glorious spring weather, with mixed sailing conditions. There were 379 sailors, from all Youth Fleets, (Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X, 29er, 420 and Multihulls Nacra 15 and Spitfire as well as the Bic Techno).

Sailors making the podium from the south region included, a clean sweep in the Ladies Laser radial class, Chloe Barr (Stoke Bay SC) 1st, Daisy Collingridge (Wallingford) 2nd and Clementine Thompson (Guernsey YC) 3rd.

In the Boys 29er fleet James Eales (HISC) and James Hammett (RLYC) 1st Nick Robins (HISC) and Billy Vennis-Ozanne (Stokes Bay SC) were 2nd. In the girls fleet Freya Black (HISC) and Orla Mitchell took silver ahead of Courtney Bilbrough (HISC) and Hanna Brand (Oxford SC) 3rd.

In the ladies 420 Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (Itchenor SC) 1st, Katie Davies and Midge Watkins (Itchenor SC) 2nd, and Welsh sailor, Hatty Morsley and crew Pippa Cropley (Royal Lymington YC) 3rd.

In the Catamaran Fleet 3rd place went to Theo Williams (Restronguet) and crew Will Heritage (RLYC).Competing for the first time at the Youth Nationals Junior windsurf Bic Techno class saw success for Oxford Sailor Ethan Moody, coming 3rd.

National / International round up

The south has had a very successful year of youth sailing with some of the notable results. Great Britain were second nation overall at the 2016 Youth World Championships in Auckland NZ, in December. Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling (Bartley SC / HISC) dramatically won gold in the 29er class on the last day of the event. Hannah Bristow and Emily Covell (Leigh & Lowton / HISC) were 5th in the ladies 29er. In the 420 class Isabel Davies and Gemma Keers (Itchenor SC) were 9th and Robbie King and Marcus Tressler (Warsash SC / Rutland SC) 7th. Chloe Barr (Stokes Bay SC) was 13th in the Laser Radial.

At the RS Feva Nationals, Ben Hutton Penman and Lucy Hewitson (Corinthian Otters / HISC) were 1st and HISC were also 1st club. At the worlds brothers Henry and Rupert Jameson (HISC) were 2nd. At the 29er Nationals it was a clean sweep for the South region with Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne (HISC) 1st, Hannah Bristow Emily Covell, (Leigh & Lowton SC/ HISC) 2nd, and Max Clapp and Ross Banham (Royal Sothern YC) 3rd.

RYA South Zone Squads

The RYA Southern Zone Championships were hosted by Oxford SC last month, with over a 100 young sailors attending in Topper and Optimist main fleets and a Coached Regatta fleet for Topper, Optimist and RS Tera sailors. To help encourage sailing clubs to support the event this year the region awarded a new perpetual trophy “RYA Zone Championships Club Trophy” for the sailing club which has the most sailors entering the event. It was won by Parkstone YC, with Royal Lymington YC 2nd and Warsash SC 3rd. There were 25 different sailing clubs represented at the event. A target for 2018 will be to get 35 clubs attending.


2017 has seen some great successes with windsurfing within the region. Oxford Zoomers again hosted two interclub events and were supported by a visiting windsurf trainer. The resurrected Portsmouth Windriders had sailors entering many national events and also hosted an interclub. It is looking likely that we see more sailors from the region selected for this winter’s zone squads. We will still be looking to maintain regional CPD and proved support for Instructor / coach development. I have targeted two more clubs on the south coast with the view to increase activity in Team15 clubs within the region for 2018.

Racing Coach Development

This year RCL2 courses have been run at Bosham SC, HISC and Hill Head SC, and planed for Milton Keynes SC over the winter. Any club wishing to hold a course needs plan their programme as soon as possible as there is a 3 mouth setup time so we are now looking at courses in the spring.

We have relaunched RCL3 course this summer, aimed at active club race coaches who are looking to develop their skills. It run over 3 weekends, a selection weekend, then two further weekends which were tailored to the coaches needs and require reflection and self-evaluation to help develop their coaching. Two coaches from the region were on the course. The course will be running again in 2018.

Sailing Club No. of Sailors

Parkstone YC 25

Royal Lymington YC 14

Warsash SC 10

Burghfield SC 9


Hill Head SC 7

Poole YC 7

Emsworth SC 6

Royal Lymington SC 5


Goring Thames SC 4

Bosham SC 3

Guernsey Yacht Club 3

Oxford SC 3

Royal Southern YC 3

Christchurch SC 2

Dell Quay SC 2

Dorchester SC 2

Banbury Sailing Club 1

Chichester Yacht Club 1

Lymington Town SC 1

Spinnaker SC 1

Stokes Bay SC 1

Swanage Sailing Club 1

Yarmouth SC 1

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