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Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) event at Burton Sailing Club

by John Gay 26 Apr 2023 19:07 BST 22 April 2023
A new Tik-Tok dance? Or just warm-ups before sailing? - Derbyshire Youth Sailing starts the 2023 season at Burton © Joanne Hill

This year's Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) handicap series got off to a flying start with the season opener at Burton Sailing Club on Saturday 22nd April. The weather was perfect, to ease the competitors into the new season, with a gentle 8-10 knot breeze and even the sun was shining. This was in stark contrast to last year's conditions which were 30 knots plus.

21 boats from all across Derbyshire entered the event, with a strong contingent of 13 boats in the Senior age group, which has been boosted by a number of sailors moving up from intermediate, making this an extremely competitive category. Many of those sailors changing age group have also changed boats this year, and for many this was their first event in their new class.

There was some very close racing amongst all the fleets, the largest of which was the Lasers, which included all 3 sail sizes across the 9 boats. 5 Toppers and 4 Teras were the next largest fleets, with a Graduate, Supernova, and Byte completing the field.

The racing was dominated by the Seniors, and in particular a very strong performance by Glossop's Jacob Bennett in the Laser Radial, who won all 3 races and was the overall event winner as well as winner in the Senior age category. Hot on Jacob's heels was Swarkestone's Patrick Hill in a Laser Radial, who came second in all 3 races to take second overall, and second Senior.

After a shaky start in race 1, Ogston's Luke Wilshire in the full rig Laser was third in the last 2 races to take third overall, and third Senior.

Race 3 saw a big wind shift, which Sam Clarke in the Laser Radial took full advantage of, with a well executed port flyer, this wasn't enough to lift Sam into 4th overall as he finished on equal points with George Jacobs in the Byte C1 who took 4th based on his 3rd from race 1.

The Intermediate fleet was a battle of the Toppers and Teras, which was eventually won by William Morbey from Combs in the Topper, in his first event as an Intermediate. William's best result of the day was in race 2 where he took full advantage of some big gusts to finish ahead of many of the Seniors. Burton's Phoebe Gay also in a Topper was second Intermediate, and Burton's Alistair Casey in the Tera Sport was third.

Jack Mason from Burton was the sole Junior entry, in his first ever open event Jack decided to take a gamble, ditching the Sport rig and going with the larger Pro rig, after a slow start he managed a very respectable performance earning a well earned medal.

As usual there were some tough battles lower down the fleet, and it was good to see such a well disciplined group of sailors sailing at such a high level, who even supported each other between races with some group stretching exercises, they are all a credit to their home clubs. The galley team at Burton made sure competitors, parents and volunteers were well looked after throughout the day, as they do with all visiting fleets.

Next event is Toddbrook (at Combs) on 29th April, full details can be found at

Overall Results:

1stSenLaser Radial213589Jacob BennettGlossop SC‑1112
2ndSenLaser Radial173533Patrick HillSwarkestone SC‑2224
3rdSenLaser142116Luke WilshireOgston SC‑6336
4thSenBYTE C13587George JacobsCombs SC3‑558
5thSenLaser Radial Sam ClarkeGlossop SC‑9448
6thSenLaser 4.745084Amelia GayBurton SC56‑811
7thSenLaser Radial152818Jonathan HillSwarkestone SC4‑11913
8thSenILCA 4159246Alice EdwardsBurton SC7‑9613
9thSenLaser 4.7168908Lucy BambrookErrwood SC8‑10715
10thSenSupernova523Matilda HarrisonOgston SC107‑1117
11thIntTopper12230William MorbeyCombs SC‑1381220
12thSenLaser Radial174668Daniel DeanOgston SC11‑121021
13thIntTopper46800Phoebe GayBurton SC12‑131325
14thIntRS Tera Sport3428Alistair CaseyBurton SC‑20141428
15thIntTopper48963Lily HostySwarkestone SC1415(DNC)29
16thIntTopper28582Tabatha IzzardSwarkestone SC1516(DNC)31
17thSenTopper45034Matthew EdwardBurton SC‑17171532
18thIntRS Tera Pro3427Hannah CaseyBurton SC16‑181632
19thSenGraduate2873Abigail Longworth & Alice WilsonToddbrook SC18‑191735
20thIntRS Tera Sport3Robert WardBurton SC19(DNC)DNC41
21stJunRS Tera Pro Jack MasonBurton SC21(DNC)DNC43

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