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29ers at the RYA North East Youth Championships - The Big One - at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

by Maxi Tustain 8 Nov 2019 10:11 GMT 2-3 November 2019
RYA North East Youth Championships - The Big One - at Yorkshire Dales © Paul Hargreaves /

On the weekend of 2-3 November the RYA North East Youth Championships 'The Big One' took place at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club. Alongside a 16 strong 29er fleet with its own start, the handicapped fleet competitors included RS Aeros, RS200s, a Laser and a 420. The event promised to be a highlight of the Northern race circuit and attracted 29er sailors from as far as the South coast and Wales.

Despite record gusts of 109 mph elsewhere in the UK, the sailors in Yorkshire headed for their first start in a light breeze on Saturday, way less than had been predicted despite the forecast that the weather was to be on the edge for Saturday with gusts predicted at 31 knots.

The first race was under way with 2929 (Tom Storey and Ben Willett) taking the first win of the event, with 2700 (Leo Wilkinson and Sam Jones) in second, and third going to 2292 (Sian Talbot and Maddy Bristow) from Leigh and Loughton SC with the start seeming to be a critical factor to the result of the race.

Unfortunately the second race had to be abandoned half-way due to a considerable lack of wind, which stuck for the rest of the day. During this time many sailors enjoyed the hot tub that was rented for this event. The evening club dinner was followed by a massive bonfire and fantastic fireworks laid on by the club. Camping was provided at the club providing a really friendly social atmosphere in the evening after racing.

Day two was an earlier start with gentle but sailable breeze, however most of the morning was thwarted by lingering mist on the reservoir. It was now a game of waiting for the fog to lift. Finally at about noon, after yet more enjoyment of the hot tub, the fleet managed to launch, and two races were completed.

Rankings somewhat shifted at the top of the fleet in race 2 with 1902 (Elodie Edwards and Ewan Wilson) taking their first bullet of the event. 2929, Tom and Ben, had a bit of a hiccup scoring a tenth in race 2, and Leo and Sam went somehow somewhere wrong finishing race 2 close to the back of the fleet. 2696 (Michael and Sam Dyer) grabbed the opportunity to score a second with 475 (Ed Coady and Seb Shilling) finishing in third.

Day 2 provided shifty winds allowing for lots of opportunity for gains to be made post-start, however the start was again a critical factor.

In the last race of the event top spot went again to 1902 (Elodie and Ewan), with 2929 (Tom and Ben) in second and 2848 (Maxi Tustain and Ben Ibbotson) coming in at third place. Leading to a shift in the results from day 1.

Final results were first for Elodie and Ewan (6,1,1), second Tom and Ben (1,10,2), third Maxi and Ben (8,4,3) with fourth place and first all girls crews Sian and Maddie, followed by fifth and second all girls 2507 (Athena Vogiatzi and Maddie Wylie). Sixth place went to all Yorkshire team 2819 (Tom Burke and Alfie Cogger). Third all girl team was 2796 (Emma James and Jess Nelson).

The handicap fleet overall was won by 420 sailors Ellie Clark and Rose Edmonds - congratulations! A big thank you from all the 29er sailors to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, the RYA and the organisers for hosting this event. We are looking forward to returning for the Northern Sprints in May and for the event to occur again next year.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st1902Elodie EdwardsEwan WilsonPwllheli SC/Wormit Boating Club6118
2nd2929Tom StoreyBen WillettYorkshire Dales SC / Tata SC110213
3rd2848Maxi TustainBen IbbotsonHayling Island SC/Solway YC84315
4th2292Sian TalbotMadeleine BristowLeigh and Lowton SC36615
5th2507Athena VogiatziMaddie WylieYorkshire Dales SC48416
6th2819Tom BurkeAlfie CoggerConiston SC75517
7th2696Michael DyerSam DyerHerne Bay SC112821
8th1490Tasmyn GreenTyler GreenLlandudno SC571022
9th2796Emma JamesJess NelsonRutland SC99725
10th2700Leo WilkinsonSam JonesMaidenhead SC/Hill Head SC215926
11th475Ed CoadySeb Shilling 1531331
12th2118Oliver SmaultThomas WIllettDalgety Bay SC12111134
13th2219Daniel ScottTom IrvingRoyal Tay YC10131235
14th1157Ben LeffekSuzie Sturock 14121541
15th2362Alastair CoombsSam CarrLoch Venachar SC13141441
16th1324Orri RobertsonStuart Furmes 16161648

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