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North Wales sailors finish on a high

by Hamish Stuart, RYA Wales 26 Oct 2011 20:28 BST

North Wales sailors brought down the curtain on the season in spectacular fashion, turning into as tussle between the lake boaters of Llyn Brenig and sea goers of Y Felinheli.

The Series Finale of the North Wales Club Youth Racing Circuit was hosted at Shotwick Sailing Club with nearly 50 sailors taking part despite national events drawing some of the top competitors away.

It was Llyn Brenig who took the spoils in the Optimist Training fleet with a clean sweep of the top prizes led by Alex Watson, as well as in the Topper training fleet through Jack Shepherd, while Y Felinheli came out top in the Optimist Golf fleet through Ciaron Jones.

Just for variety it was Pwllheli's Chris Jones who was second in that but also claimed the prize for winning the silver fleet for less experienced sailors. Zed Spencer-Milne was the only windsurfer, so turned that into a demonstration.

The Topper class was won by Nellie Chadwick-Smith of Llyn Brenig, with Nefyn's William Piper winning the silver fleet and Jack Shepherd the training fleet. Holyhead's Robin Cox was first in the general handicap.

This was the last of five races held over the summer providing quality racing for sailors of all ages and abilities.

It is a vital stepping stone for sailors looking to move up through the ranks and they were able to hear first hand from Welsh Sailing high performance manager Iwan Basten and chief executive Steve Morgan.

“This series is always a really competitive and congratulations to the North Wales Regional Committee for making it such a success once again,” said Welsh Sailing North Wales development officer Ruth Iliffe.

“It caters for experienced sailors who can practice against their squad mates and also novices taking part in their first event.

“This is the sort of event that will send sailors into their winter training with an extra spring in their step, while underlining the benefits sailing has to offer as a fun and competitive outdoor sport.”

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