Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster GETSEASMART 728x90
Product Feature
Allen Catamaran Mainsheet System
Allen Catamaran Mainsheet System
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

British Youth Sailing youngsters to star in SailGP Cowes pre-show

by British Sailing Team 6 Aug 13:53 BST 9-11 August 2019
Great Britain SailGP Team helmed by Dylan Fletcher launch their F50 catamaran on The Solent © Lloyd Images / SailGP

Eighteen lucky youngsters from the south coast will be part of one of the world's most exciting sailing events this weekend when they take part in an exciting warm-up show at SailGP Cowes.

The young sailors will go head to head as part of the SailGP Inspire programme, SailGP's community outreach initiative that aims to use sailing as a force for good, which launches at the event.

Aged between 13 and 15 and representing nine sailing clubs across the south, the young sailors have been chosen to take part in a series of races ahead of the main SailGP action - six cutting-edge 50ft multihulls, representing six nations, 'flying' round a course on hydrofoils capable of speeds in excess of 50 knots (57 mph).

They will race identical 14ft RS Cat multihulls in front of the SailGP Grandstand as a warm-up to the main event, which takes place in the Solent on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 and features some of the world's best athletes.

They will also get to meet members of SailGP GBR (pictured above in action, and below), the British entry led by Olympic bronze medallist Chris Draper and helmed by the British Sailing Team's Dylan Fletcher.

The sailors all come from clubs in the RYA's South region which have been awarded Recognised Club status by British Youth Sailing in recognition of their dedication to developing junior and youth sailors' racing skills.

Each club put forward sailors they felt best displayed British Youth Sailing's values and behaviours: respect and integrity, ownership, courage and determination, curiosity and passionate ambition.

Those taking part are The sailors taking part are Abby Hire and Tom Wharmby (Royal Lymington Yacht Club), Grace King and Kristian Shafer (Brading Haven Yacht Club), Emily Fox and Oliver Edwards (Sea View Yacht Club), Georgie Cosens and Charlie South (Emsworth Yacht Club), Honor and Fred Langhorne (Bosham Yacht Club), Caitlin Williams and Cam Mitchell (Hayling Island Sailing Club), Joy Odey and Richie Thurlby (Hill Head Sailing Club), Lizzie McCormack and Archie Wright (Warsash Sailing Club) and Illy Burns and Thomas Leather (Gurnard Sailing Club).

Duncan West, RYA South and South West's high performance manager, said: "It's an absolute honour to be joining forces with SailGP for their UK regatta in Cowes this weekend.

"This is an incredible opportunity for these young sailors to experience being part of one of the biggest and most exciting sailing events there is.

"They will also get to rub shoulders with the stars of the British SailGP team who will no doubt inspire them to pursue their own sailing goals."

In the run-up to Cowes SailGP, 32 young sailors from RYA Onboard clubs (pictired above) were treated to a tour of the SailGP Tech Area, enjoying exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the SailGP GBR base where they go to see an F50 up close.

Cowes SailGP starts on Friday August 9 with practice racing ahead of the main Grand Prix on Saturday August 10 and Sunday August 11.

The exhibition races will take place prior to at 3pm with Sunday's race being featured on the SailGP broadcast, available to watch via the SailGP app.

More information about SailGP Cowes here.

Related Articles

British Sailing Team at the World Beach Games
Bridge taking home the bronze in the kitefoil The British Sailing Team's Guy Bridge has made history taking bronze in the kitefoil competition at the inaugural World Beach Games in Doha. Posted on 16 Oct
Team GB reveals first athletes for Tokyo 2020
Hannah Mills and Giles Scott are among 12 sailors selected The Rio 2016 champions are joined by a host of elite sailors representing eight of the 10 Olympic sailing classes, as the team is announced at Haven Holiday Park, Rockley Park in Poole. Posted on 2 Oct
Aldridge crowned Formula Kite European Champion
One of seven talented young women chosen from hundreds to #kite4gold programme Aldridge, 22, switched from sailing the 49erFX skiff to kite foiling when the British Sailing Team launched its #kite4gold talent search in September 2018. Posted on 30 Sep
Top ten for Britain's Saskia Sills
At the RS:X World Championships Saskia Sills posted her best ever RS:X world championship finish claiming ninth place in Torbole, Italy, as Andy Brown and Emma Wilson picked up silverware in the under 21 category. Posted on 29 Sep
Regional Junior Champ to be youth sailing festival
An eight-venue festival of youth racing The Regional Junior Championships offers sailing for all levels with a championship fleet for experienced racers, a coached regatta fleet for those developing their racing skills and a Fun OnBoard fleet for newcomers. Posted on 27 Sep
British windsurfers take on world's best
At the RS:X World Championships in Torbole As Britain's Test Event representatives, both Emma Wilson and Tom Squires finished just off the podium in fourth and are looking to take the lessons learned in to the Worlds. Posted on 23 Sep
Team GB set for World Beach Games in Doha
The kite foiling Bridge brothers will fly the flag for Great Britain The British Sailing Team's Olly and Guy Bridge have today been named among the 21 athletes picked to represent Team GB at the first ever World Beach Games in Doha. Posted on 19 Sep
King crowned Harken Youth Match Racing champion
Seven teams gathered in Portland over the weekend With strong breeze on the Saturday and sunshine and a more pleasant 10-14 knots on the Sunday a double round robin which would pit each team against each other twice was scheduled. Posted on 4 Sep
Brits at World Cup Series Enoshima day 6
Bronze for Young takes British medal tally to three On the final day of medal racing in Japan, the story of the day was the lack of wind rather than the anticipated fight for medals for two-time Olympian Young. Posted on 1 Sep
Brits at World Cup Series Enoshima day 5
Double medal delight for British sailors in Japan Britain's sailors collected two Hempel World Cup Series medals as James Peters and Fynn Sterritt defended their 49er title while Ben Saxton and Nikki Boniface collected Nacra 17 silver. Posted on 31 Aug