Please select your home edition
RS Sailing 2019 - Leaderboard
Product Feature
McLube SailKote Dry Lubricant - ML08
McLube SailKote Dry Lubricant - ML08
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine

Full racing risks
New for old cover

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

by Maxi Tustain 8 Nov 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

Related Articles

29er Ovington Championship 2019 at the WPNSA
A range of conditions test the sailors On the weekend of 9/10 November, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy hosted the 29er Ovington Championships. A range of conditions tested the sailors in being able to adapt over the weekend, with the more rounded sailors gaining the top places. Posted on 13 Nov
RYA North East Youth Championships
Close racing and a great social at Yorkshire Dales The RYA North East Youth Championships at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club combined close racing and a great social for a quality fleet of entries from across the region and beyond. Posted on 9 Nov
Leg 2 of the annual ASAF Youth Cup Series 2019-20
A 'not to be missed' event on the international youth dinghy scene HKSF in conjunction with co-organiser RHKYC are pleased to announce the the 7th edition of Hong Kong Race Week. HKRW 2020 will run 4-9 February 2020, being leg 2 of the annual ASAF Youth Cup Series for 2019-2020. Posted on 3 Nov
29er Eurocup at Garda day 2
Wind from the north, then from the south, back to the north If the first day of the 29er Eurocup was complicated in the management of regattas due to continuous wind variations, the second was very complicated to say the least. Posted on 25 Oct
Entry open for Hong Kong Race Week 2020
The week has positioned itself amongst the best racing events in the world The Hong Kong Sailing Federation in conjunction with co-organiser the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club are pleased to announce the the seventh edition of Hong Kong Race Week. Posted on 23 Oct
2019 Allianz Championship overall
End clause on the Allianz Championship, and what a thrill! In the 29er class, the Corentin Goulon and Valentin Alakiletoa crew won the Allianz Championship. Emilie Bouchet and Robin Chantrelle's crew, although they had given everything to catch up with their four points behind, were unable to pass in front. Posted on 20 Oct
2019 Allianz Championship day 3
Very nice wind conditions for this 3rd day of racing Very nice wind conditions for this 3rd day of racing on the Allianz Championship. Winds around 15-18 knots, sunshine and some very nice fights on the water. The pressure is mounting in the run-up to the end of the championship. Posted on 19 Oct
2019 Allianz Championship day 2
Four races run in light winds and blazing sunshine Four races were run, in a light wind of 5 to 8 knots under a blazing sun! Posted on 18 Oct
2019 Allianz Championship day 1
Windy conditions for the Optimist, RS Feva & 29er fleets Allianz championship start with windy conditions in Baie de Sainte Marie. The Trade Winds "rocked" this first day of the Allianz championship by blowing around 18-20 knots in the morning. Posted on 17 Oct
One Design PROtect Tapes
A set of cut pieces tailored to your class PROtect Tapes are a broad range of high-quality protection tapes for dinghies, racing, cruising and super yachts. PROtect Tapes provides a pro-active solution to chafe and wear prevention. It enhances performance and ultimately promotes safer sailing. Posted on 10 Oct