Please select your home edition
CoastWaterSports 2014

Regional Junior Championships to be a festival of youth sailing

by British Sailing Team Media 28 Sep 19:22 BST 29-30 September 2018
Regional Junior Championships © British Sailing Team

Thousands of youngsters will take to the water this weekend for a countrywide celebration of sailing as part of British Youth Sailing's Regional Junior Championships.

Children aged between six and 16 will descend on eight venues across the UK for two days of fun afloat on September 29 and 30.

Among those taking part will be some of the nation's most promising young racers, as well as a host of kids getting their first taste of sailing.

For the first time, competitors will be split into three fleets – a new Fun OnBoard fleet for newcomers, a coached regatta fleet for those developing their racing skills and a championship fleet for experienced racers.

Members of the British Sailing Team will also be on hand at a number of venues to talk to competitors and give them coaching tips.

Regattas are being held in each of the RYA's regions and home countries:

  • East – Grafham Water SC, Huntingdon, Cambs
  • London and South East – Queen Mary SC, Ashford, Surrey
  • South and South West – WPNSA, Portland, Dorset
  • North – Ullswater SC, Ullswater, Cumbria
  • Midlands – Northampton SC, Northampton, East Midlands
  • Scotland – Helensburgh SC, Helensburgh
  • Wales – Pembrokeshire YC, Milford Haven
  • Northern Ireland – Royal North of Ireland YC, Cultra, Co. Down

Along with prizes for event winners there will be a range of prizes for sailors exhibiting the British Youth Sailing Values and Behaviours and showing a passion for the sport.

The Regional Junior Championships were previously known as the RYA Zone Championships, but the decision was taken to change the name so as to truly reflect the nature of the regattas: a fun, inclusive festival of sailing for under 16s regardless of ability, but with a championship element for serious racers.

"We're so excited about this year's Regional Junior Championships," said Mark Nicholls, the RYA's Youth Racing Manager.

"We've had a record number of entries this year, and with the introduction of the Fun Onboard fleet we will be introducing a huge number of youngsters to sailing.

"The regatta fleet will benefit from great support from our expert coaches, and we're expecting some hotly contested racing in the championship fleet.

"It's shaping up to be a hugely enjoyable weekend of racing offering something for everyone, and we can't wait to get started."

British Youth Sailing will be running a photo competition for competitors on Instagram during the event, with prizes to be won.

To enter, upload your best photos of the event and tag British Youth Sailing (@britishyouthsailing) or use the hashtag #RJC2018. The winners will be announced following the event.

For the all the latest news, photos and videos from the Regional Junior Championships, stay tuned to British Youth Sailing's social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Related Articles

Para sailing, kiteboarding debut in 2019
Entries now open for the new-look RYA Youth National Championships Hundreds of Britain's most talented young sailors are expected to descend on WPNSA for the week-long regatta that serves as a celebration of youth sailing. Posted on 12 Nov
Young windsurfer wins Britain's first medal
15-year-old from St Austell, Cornwall, secures bronze in Buenos Aires Teenage windsurfer Finn Hawkins won Great Britain's first individual medal at the Youth Olympic Games, taking home bronze in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Friday. Posted on 13 Oct
Windsurfers to take on the world at Youth Olympics
Watson & Hawkins will be among 42 British athletes competing in 17 sports Teenage sailing sensations Islay Watson and Finn Hawkins are ready to take on the world's best young windsurfers ahead of racing at the Youth Olympic Games. Posted on 5 Oct
First Regional Junior Championships a huge success
British Youth Sailing's debut Regional Junior Championships has been hailed an overwhelming success Children aged between six and 16 travelled from far and wide to eight venues across the UK for two days of fun afloat in British Youth Sailing's recognised dinghy and windsurfer classes. Posted on 1 Oct
Youth World Championships win still hasn't sunk in
A trio of penultimate day victories saw Watson rocket into an unassailable lead The 18-year-old from Aviemore went into the penultimate day of racing at the five-day regatta in Corpus Christi, Texas, in third overall, just a handful of points behind the top two sailors. Posted on 22 Jul
Islay Watson crowned as Youth Worlds finishes
Windsurfing Gold and 420 Silver for team GBR British windsurfing sensation Islay Watson was crowned Youth World Champion as compatriots Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle secured 420 silver on the final day of the prestigious regatta. Posted on 21 Jul
Brits claim medals with day to spare
Windsurfing gold in the bag, and a silver guaranteed in 420s Windsurfer Islay Watson claimed gold on the penultimate day of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships as team mates Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle guaranteed themselves at least a silver medal in the girls' 420. Posted on 20 Jul
Youth Sailing World Championships day 3
Race for medals hots up Another solid day's racing for Lymington's Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle has strengthened their chances of a 2018 Youth Worlds medal in the girls' 420. Posted on 19 Jul
Youth World Championships day 2
14 young athletes start to hit their stride Lymington pair Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle continued their assault on the girls' 420 leaderboard, winning the opening race and following it up with a sixth. Posted on 18 Jul
Young Brits set standard in Youth Worlds opener
Blistering start on a blustery opening day at Corpus Christi, Texas Windsurfer Islay Watson and 420 duo Milly Boyle and Vita Heathcote got their World Championship campaigns off to a blistering start in a blustery opening day. Posted on 17 Jul