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Hillingdon claims victory at London Youth Games Regatta

by Emma Slater, RYA 23 Jun 2009 11:26 BST 13 June 2009

It was overall victory for the borough of Hillingdon at this year’s 2009 Thames Water London Youth Games Regatta, held at Royal Victoria Docks Watersports Centre on Saturday 13th June.

Some 150 youngsters, aged from nine to 17, from 24 of the 33 London boroughs, took to the water in the warm and sunny conditions to battle it out for the winners’ trophy. Making it the largest team sailing event to have ever taken place in London and the largest sailing event in the history of the London Youth Games.

The regatta consisted of three sailing classes, with six categories. Oppie (male and female), Pico (senior male, female and mixed) and the RS Feva (mixed) – full results listed below – and proved quite a spectacle out on the water with 75 boats and 110 young people afloat and competing at one time.

Terri Butcher who claimed 3rd place in the Oppie Female Class said: "I came down with my Bexley Borough Team and it was a great day of sailing. We have been doing lots more racing and training for this event and I'm so pleased to have won a medal. I really enjoyed meeting and talking to other people who were also racing and making new friends".

As well as all the youngsters competing at the regatta there was an army of some 50 volunteers behind the scene without whom the regatta is impossible, made up from London based RYA qualified professionals. Ranging from Club Race coaches, Dinghy Coach Assessor's, Power Boat Trainers, Senior Instructors, Dinghy Instructors, Powerboat Instructors, and Assistant Instructors.

There were also several volunteering parents who are linked to sailing through the local Central & East London OnBoard Scheme.

Dudley Davis, Chief Instructor of Erith Yacht Club, who provided safety boat and logistic responsibilities on the day said: “The event team involved in today is huge and putting the event together and making it run as smoothly as it has is great to both see and be involved with....it has been a terrific day. I have thoroughly enjoyed giving my time for a sport I myself get so much out of. What a great day for the kids.”

RYA Regional Development Officer for London Guy Malpas said: “These Games have clearly demonstrated the accessibility of the sport in the City and that there is some great sailing talent in London. In partnership with London Youth Games and the RYA Training centres within London we are now working to get even more youngsters out on the water at the next Games.”

For more information about the London Youth Games visit www.londonyouthgames.org . To find out more about getting into sailing visit www.rya.org.uk or for the RYA’s youth sailing progamme; OnBoard visit www.ruob.co.uk

Overall Results:

Oppie Male (18 entries)
1st Greenwich
2nd Croydon
3rd Havering

Oppie Female (15 entries)
1st Havering
2nd Tower Hamlets
3rd Bexley

Pico Male (24 entries)
1st Waltham Forest
2nd Lambeth
3rd Bexley

Pico Female (24 entries)
1st Hillingdon
2nd Harrow
3rd Wandsworth

Pico Mixed (18 entries)
1st Hillingdon
2nd Barnet
3rd Merton

RS Feva (16 entries)
1st Merton
2nd Southwark
3rd Tower Hamlets