Please select your home edition
Edition
YY.com app (top)

RYA announces 2020 Youth National Championships postponement

by British Sailing Team 17 Mar 19:05 GMT 3-10 April 2020
The annual RYA Youth National Championships © Marc Turner / RYA

Following the latest Government advice regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 RYA Youth National Championships is postponed. The prestigious regatta, the UK's premier youth racing event, was due to take place from April 3 to 10 in Pwllheli, north Wales.

Around 750 young people and adults from all over the UK were expected to be on site at Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre. However, last night the Government advised against mass gatherings, to minimise social contact and avoid non-essential travel to curb the spread of the virus.

In light of this all non-essential RYA Racing activity has been suspended until April 30 in the first instance when the situation will be reviewed.

It will be the first time since the Youth Nationals began in 1978 that the event has not taken place as planned.

Refunds will be issued automatically for all competitors. Please contact racing.events@rya.org.uk if you have not received a refund by April 3.

The RYA's intention will be to run the event later in the year and we will now work with the youth classes to deliver a new plan. More details on this will be announced in due course.

Regarding summer team selection, RYA selectors will continue to review all sailors' performances to date and if required this information can be used to inform their decisions.

Mark Nicholls, RYA Youth Racing Manager, said: "No-one wants to have to cancel sports events, especially when they are as loved as the Youth Nationals is, but these are extraordinary times and we must follow Government guidance.

"The threat of coronavirus is a serious one and it is our duty to do all in our power to limit its spread and protect the health of our sailors, volunteers, race officials and staff.

"We appreciate this will be disappointing news for everyone who had been looking forward to another great Youth National Championships.

"We will be working hard on plans to stage the Youth Nationals later in the year, and will release further details once the picture is clearer."

Stephen Tudor, chairman of Plas Heli, added: "Everyone at Plas Heli, The Welsh National Sailing Academy and Event Centre, RYA Cymru Wales and Gwynedd Council is extremely disappointed that this prestigious event has been postponed, but all agree and respect the decision taken in what are extremely difficult times. We fully appreciate the need to keep everyone safe. We will be working closely with RYA to explore all options going forward."

As per the RYA suspension of activity, the Junior Easter Camp due to take place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from April 17 to 19 is cancelled.

Refunds will be issued automatically by April 3. Please contact if you have not received a refund by this time.

With regards to the Eric Twiname Championships due to be hosted at Rutland Sailing Club from May 8 to 10, we are continuing to monitor developments and will make a decision closer to the event.

Find the latest guidance from the RYA here.

Related Articles

RYA Youth Nationals entry quota updated
It has been agreed that the entry limit can be safely raised British Youth Sailing is pleased to announce that the entry quota for the 2020 Youth National Championships will be increased following a review of the site capacity and the number of boats that can be safely accommodated. Posted on 4 Sep
RYA eSailing Youth Nationals
153 entries from all corners of the UK take part with the final livestreamed on Monday The RYA eSailing Youth Nationals took place this weekend (18th-20th April), 153 entries from all corners of the country logged in and took to the virtual waters of Portsmouth, UK. Posted on 20 Apr
Windfoiling set for thrilling debut
At 2020 RYA Youth National Championships Windfoiling, an evolution of windsurfing, will replace the RS:X at the Paris 2024 Olympics and will be the third class to 'fly' alongside the Nacra 17 and Formula Kite. Posted on 8 Jan
Pwllheli and Plymouth to host RYA Youth Nationals
RYA Youth Nationals is the UK's premier youth racing event and a must for young sailors The 2020 event will be staged at the Welsh National Sailing Academy at Plas Heli, while in 2021 the spotlight will shine on Plymouth Youth Sailing Club and the Mount Batten Centre Charitable Trust. Posted on 10 Dec 2018
2018 RYA Youth National Championships final day
Champions crowned on a testing final day in Largs Strong winds returned to Largs, Scotland, for the final day of racing at the 2018 RYA Youth National Championships to ensure that all medals had to be earned in the trickiest of conditions. Posted on 7 Apr 2018
RYA Youth Nationals at Largs 4
Royal visit brings sunshine to Scotland The 2018 RYA Youth National Championships was graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on day four in Largs, Scotland, as all fleets completed a bumper day of racing. Posted on 5 Apr 2018
RYA Youth Nationals at Largs 3
Calder on fire in wet and testing conditions Day three of the 2018 RYA Youth National Championships brought about the first chance for racing in Largs, Scotland, and Scottish Laser sailor Jamie Calder took full advantage streaking ahead of the chasing pack. Posted on 4 Apr 2018
Conditions continue to delay RYA Youth Nationals
Forecasts for day three look promising in Largs Day two racing at the 2018 RYA Youth National Championships was yet again foiled by the extreme weather conditions in Largs, Scotland, as eager sailors continue to wait for their shot at a national title Posted on 3 Apr 2018
RYA Youth National Championship day 1
Extreme conditions postpone racing for 227 sailors The pursuit of a 2018 RYA Youth National Championship title was put on hold for the eager young sailors in Largs, Scotland, as the full racing schedule was postponed on day one. Posted on 2 Apr 2018
Sailors ready for their shot at Youth Nationals
225 sailors from across the nation ready to race in Largs Over 225 sailors from across the nation have travelled to Largs, Scotland, in the pursuit of a coveted 2018 RYA Youth National Championship title. Posted on 2 Apr 2018