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    Posted: 18 Nov 05 at 6:25pm

I dont know whether anyone else has had this problem but the youth sailing scheme is so irritating! I normally sail a laser radial but my club (dovey yacht club) has a thriving GP14 racing scene. i love sailing the GP's but i cant go anywhere with them, alright there are normal nationals and everything but there is a very limited youth scene. also there is no youth hiking class, apart from the rs feva, which is a junior class and im sorry to say - not very good.

any other youths here annoyed about the fact that we are being shoved into the boat that is apparently 'right for us'??

 

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There is no sitting out 2 person youth dinghy as there is no such thing in the Olympics.

Youth sailing in the UK is firmly aimed at the Olympics and all RYA youth classes lead to this goal. Otherwise bots like the RS200 might make it to become a youth class.

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The youth classes are chosen to reflect the olympic classes and including a hiking boat would not follow this principle and just dilute the followers, leading to smaller fleets which are one of the big draws for the youth classes.

I totaly understand where you are comming from though, I did the 'done thing' and got a radial as soon as I was big enough. I never did any of the big youth events but trained with a few of the front-of-fleet guys and usualy wasnt too far back on them.
I then decided to concentrate on my kayaking for a few years and when I acomplished my goals with that went back to sailing. From the first time I got back in my boat it hit me just what a dull boat the laser is without the close racing, and within 2 months swaped it for a moth and havnt regretted it for one moment.

If I had a reliable crew I would have been tempted to hit the 29er but I would recomend anyone to go with the class they really want to sail, not the one they are expected too.

Oh, and the GP is an old mans boat
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Iknow how you feel, radial 179103, i have the same, so i raced toppers for a while with the other kids then went independant and im now trying to race my mirror - bring a new club in and get you friends interested. GPs are good witha a good boat and good helm/crew, but not as a youth boat (we're mostly not heavy/strong enough, or like faster stuff...
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The RYA Youth scheme is only interested in getting the olympians through. If youre not the right size or don't want to sail a recommended boat they're not really interested in you. Having said this i'm going to be very hypocritical and get a radial, but i'll keep my options open by crewing in 200's.
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i got the problem of being too light. The classes they want me to move up to are to big unless i got a really big crew, but i'm too old to stay in toppers

 


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Originally posted by sam knight

i got the problem of being too light. The classes they want me to move up to are to big unless i got a really big crew, but i'm too old to stay in toppers

 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Stefan Lloyd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Nov 05 at 7:42am
I'm not a GP14 sailor but people I know who are tell me there are plenty of young people doing GP14 events. Have you been along and tried any?
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Sam have you looked at the Topper Youth Squad???
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owain Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Nov 05 at 11:47am

The gp14 class hold a youth nationals every year in october. This year they were at chelmarsh in the midlands (my club) and i think there were about 25-30 entries and the standard is pretty high. Many of the youth sailers also compete on the national circuit aswell!

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