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RYA North Zone Championships at UYC

RYA North Zone Championships at UYC

Over 1,025 young sailors took to the water up and down the United Kingdom over the weekend, in the hunt for glory at the RYA Zone and Home Country Championships (26-27 September).

The Zone Championships attracted sailors and supporters from sailing clubs across the UK, giving all the youngsters the chance to experience big regatta racing without having to travel far from their home sailing clubs. For some, the sailors will have improved their racing skills and overall ability after venturing out onto the competitive circuit for the first time.  

The Championships traditionally mark the end of the Junior racing season and are a key event for any young sailor wishing to be selected for the RYA Zone and Home Country squads, which are the first step on the pathway to Olympic Classes sailing. 

Optimist winner – Drew Gibbons (Redesmere)

Topper winner – Sam Cooper (West Lancashire YC)

Cooper: “It’s been quite good, not much wind. It’s been quite hard lots of shift and tactical wise quite hard

“Look for the wind and learn from which way not to go and I made a mistake in the last lap and not doing that again.

“Off the start line I went more middle and Morgan went right and ended up ahead, and overtook him on the run.”

RS Feva winner – Pierce Harris and Alfie Cooper (Windermere School)

What tip would you give to others trying to beat you? Harris: “The racing was quite good, really interesting. On the downwind try and go as low as you can.”

SATURDAY

Just Ullswater in the North Zone were left with an empty results sheet as the day closed, however High Performance Manager and Event Director, Chris Blackburn has high hopes for day two: “It was a shame for the sailors that we didn’t manage any racing today, the wind just never came to us. The forecast is looking really great for tomorrow and I have scheduled an earlier start time to try and catch up on the races.”

SUNDAY

After no racing on Saturday (26 September) due to lack of wind, the Northern Zone sailors at Ullswater enjoyed the 5-8 knots that greeted them on Sunday.

Hector Simpson, British Sailing Team Podium Potential Finn sailor was on hand to give sailors some top tips as well as handing out prizes to the top sailors. One sailor who relished in the light wind conditions was Sam Cooper, who won Topper fleet: "It's been quite good but not much wind. It was quite hard on the water, lots of shift so tactical wise quite hard.”

“Look for the wind and learn from which way not to go and I made a mistake in the last lap and not doing that again. Off the start line in the second race I went more middle and Morgan went right and ended up ahead, so I didn’t do that again. I did manage to overtake him on the run."

Finally

Thank you to all the volunteers for all your help over the weekend at the various locations. These kind of events would not be possible without the parents and helpers handing their support. 




Posted on 01 October 2015 (Archive on 29 October 2015)
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