Please select your home edition
Edition
Crewsaver Crewline LEADERBOARD

Regional Junior Championships conclude in classic conditions

by British Sailing Team 28 Sep 20:03 BST 19-20 September 2020

The second part of the Regional Junior Championships took place this weekend - with sailors, parents and volunteers enjoying safe and fun racing at four regattas around the country.

The young racers were rewarded with blue skies and a brisk wind as the second weekend of the Regional Junior Championships got under way.

After a successful opening weekend of junior windsurfing last weekend, it was the dinghies that took prominence with the action mostly taking place in Optimist, Topper, RS Feva and RS Tera Sport classes.

Draycote Water Sailing Club hosted the Midlands region regatta, Datchet Water Sailing Club was home to the London and South East event while the South and South West region regatta took place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

The South region windsurfing championship also took place at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre in Portsmouth, as well as Home Countries regattas in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Unfortunately there was too much breeze for racing to take place at the East region regatta at Grafham Water Sailing Club.

Each host venue was Covid-secure, and racing was split to two classes per day to ensure safe levels of competitors, parents and staff required on site.

The fresh breeze presented a challenge for the young racers, one which they rose to demonstrating impressive boat handling skills and determination.

Clubs, volunteers, support staff and race officials also went above and beyond to ensure the events were an overriding success.

Following on from the successful running of the Regional Junior Championships, British Youth Sailing is confident that the upcoming Youth National Championships at WPNSA can be delivered safely and securely.

"It was great to see so many young sailors out there over the weekend, sailing so well in what were trying conditions," said Chris Atherton, the RYA's National Performance Manager.

"The sailors were eager and focused when it came to getting out on the water. The level of ability was high and I was really impressed with the sailors resilience given the wind strength and how much colder it was with the arrival of the northerly winds.

"Thank you to all the competitors, parents, volunteers, race officials, staff and of course the host clubs themselves who made these regattas possible.

"We are now looking forward to seeing our youth sailors compete at the Youth Nationals in a few weeks' time and are confident we can deliver another safe, secure and fun event in Weymouth."

Head to the British Youth Sailing Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages over the coming week for photos from the Regional Junior Championships.

Results from all of the regattas can be found here.

Related Articles

Regional Junior Championships opening weekend
Young windsurfers take part in four regional regattas Successful regattas were held at Burton Sailing Club and Glossop Sailing Club in Derbyshire, Datchet Water Sailing Club in Slough and at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. Posted on 21 Sep
Regional Junior Championships entries set to open
A series of regattas all over the country that form a festival of sailing for youngsters British Youth Sailing will open entries for the 2020 Regional Junior Championships - a series of regattas all over the country that form a festival of sailing for youngsters. Posted on 24 Aug
Eric Twiname Junior Championships returns home
Much-loved annual event set for Bassenthwaite in 2021 The iconic Eric Twiname Junior Championships will be a 'homecoming' in 2021 with the event hosted by Bassenthwaite Sailing Club, home club of the late Eric Twiname whom the regatta was named after. Posted on 6 Aug
Eric Twiname Team Racing Championships cancelled
But Regional Junior Championships and Youth Nationals still on The RYA and Eric Twiname Trust have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championships. Posted on 2 Jul
Pioneering Diploma in Sporting Excellence
Unveiled by British Youth Sailing British Youth Sailing is launching its new Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) supporting talented and committed young athletes with the potential to be high achievers in sailing. Posted on 12 Jun
Eric Twiname Junior Championships goes virtual
The much-loved event will still be going ahead, but as a virtual regatta British Youth Sailing is delighted to announce that the much-loved Eric Twiname Junior Championships will still be going ahead this year - but as a virtual regatta. Posted on 27 Apr
Entries open for Regional Junior Championship
British Youth Sailing offers several events in September Entries are open for the British Youth Sailing's Regional Junior Championships, an eight-venue festival of youth racing. Children aged six to 16 from the RYA's five regions and three home countries will descend on eight venues over two weekends. Posted on 28 Jul 2019
2019 RYA Youth Nationals to be biggest ever
389 sailors set to compete in 284 boats at Weymouth The 2019 RYA Youth National Championships will officially be the biggest ever staged with 389 sailors set to compete in 284 boats. Posted on 27 Mar 2019
One week left for Youth Nationals standard entry
More than 350 youngsters are set to descend on WPNSA Historically the Youth Nationals is contested in British Youth Sailing's Recognised Classes – Laser Standard and Radial, 420, 29er, Nacra 15 and BIC Techno 293 – and remains unchanged in 2019. Posted on 10 Mar 2019
Dinghy Show recognition for top youth clubs
Seven clubs were presented with coveted Recognised Club status Aimed at supporting junior and youth sailors as they develop racing skills, the initiative has proved popular among clubs throughout the nation with the latest addition taking the total to 51 clubs. Posted on 4 Mar 2019