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With more than 1,000 of the nation’s Olympic sailing hopefuls hitting the water across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland this weekend, hopes were high of getting a good days racing in today after races at the South and South East events were hampered by light winds on the opening day of the championships.
Eight of the nine venues completed the full schedule of races which rounded off a great championships for the nations young sailors, while the West Zone competitors competing at Blithfield Sailing Club were the unlucky ones as no racing was possible, therefore giving the overnight leaders event honours.
The event has attracted a variety of sailors and supporters from sailing clubs across Great Britain and has given 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.
The RS Feva class raced at WPNSA, Blithfield & Bewl.
Top 6 at WPNSA:
Fin ARMSTRONG (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5
Henry JAMESON 2.0 4.0 (7.0) 2.0 3.0 2.0 13
Tom HOLLIDAY 4.0 3.0 3.0 (5.0) 2.0 4.0 16
Jess JOBSON 5.0 (7.0) 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 19
Charles ELLIOTT 3.0 (14.0) 12.0 4.0 6.0 3.0 28
Lucy PENNANT 6.0 6.0 (10.0) 6.0 5.0 6.0 29
Top 6 at Blithfield SC:
Matthew LECKIE Izzi BRISTOW 1.0 1.0 (2.0) 2
Ethan LEAHY Fergus MEANWELL 2.0 (6.0) 1.0 3
Tom PROFFITT Jess FLINT (4.0) 2.0 3.0 5
Pierce HARRIS Alfie COGGER 3.0 3.0 (7.0) 6
India EDWARDS Fin MACIVER (6.0) 4.0 4.0 8
Harry MARTIN Bernard VISSER (7.0) 5.0 5.0 10
Top 6 at Bewl Valley SC:
Freya BLACK Hatty CAGE 1.0 1.0 (3.0) 2
Jack MILLER Lauren BENTLEY (6.0) 4.0 2.0 6
Toby MIZZI Tom CALLAN (16.0 OCS) 6.0 1.0 7
Emma Tardrew Isobel Clark 2.0 (7.0) 5.0 7
Ethan GERRELL Alex ELLIS THOMAS 4.0 3.0 (10.0) 7
Lisa ROSE Lily LEWINGTON (16.0 DNC) 2.0 8.0 10
Pic of Fin & Dan Armstrong & of start area at WPNSA by Paul Wyeth / RYA
Over 1,000 of the nation’s most promising young sailors will commence battle this weekend (27-28 September) as the 2014 RYA Zone and Home Country Championships greet the shores of nine venues across the United Kingdom.
Competitors aged between 8-15 from as far as Scotland to the south coast of England will battle it out for Championship honours in what is regarded as one of the pinnacle events on the RYA Junior Racing calendar.
Each event provides the country’s most promising young sailors the perfect opportunity to pit their skills against the best of the best in their respective RYA Zone and the chance to demonstrate to the RYA High Performance Managers and coaches that they’ve got what it takes to be selected for the RYA Zone and Home Country squads.
The RYA Zone and Home Country Championships traditionally mark the end of the Junior racing season and take place across the nine RYA recognised Junior dinghy and windsurfing classes at the six English Zones, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The event provides the young sailors with a great opportunity to experience big regatta racing without having to travel far from their home sailing clubs. This year’s Championships will welcome competitors from current RYA National Junior and Zone Squads, as well as many new club level racers, who will be venturing out on to the competitive circuit for the first time.
In addition to the RYA High Performance Managers, sailors will have the chance to showcase their talents in front of a number of British Sailing Team stars.
Olympic silver medallist Saskia Clark will be visiting her home sailing club at the East Zone, up and coming Finn sailor Ben Cornish will be at the South West Zone, 49er helm Dave Evans will be appearing at the regatta in Wales, Eilidh McIntyre will be visiting the South Zone and the South West Zone will welcome Nacra 17 sailor Nicola Boniface.
The British Sailing Team members will meet the youngsters and chat about their sailing career, from club level to their first regional event and how they progressed to elite level. They will give tips, advice, support and ultimately be there to help inspire the next generation of British sailors.
Saskia Clark, who has just returned from the 2014 Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships with a bronze medal in the 470 class, commented: “I am really looking forward to heading back to my home club this weekend and seeing the talented young sailors vying for honours at the RYA East Zone Championships at Dabchicks Sailing Club & West Mersea Yacht Club.”
“I visited the South Zone event at WPNSA a few years ago and was extremely impressed with level of racing, the attitude of the young sailors and the amount of fun which everyone seemed to be having. The RYA Zone Championships is a fantastic event to compete in and I hope for many of the young sailors it will be the start of an amazing journey in the sport of sailing.”
The 2014 RYA Zone and Home Countries Championships will be staged at the following venues:
• South Zone – Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
• South West Zone – Paignton Sailing Club
• South East Zone – Bewl Valley Sailing Club
• East Zone – Dabchicks Sailing Club & West Mersea Yacht Club
• West – Blithfield Sailing Club
• North – Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club
• Wales – Pembrokeshire Yacht Club
• Scotland – Largs Sailing Club
• Northern Ireland – Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club
For further information on the 2014 RYA Zone and Home Country Championships, please visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk.
Photos: Paul Wyeth/RYA.
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Island Barn SC are hosting their annual race & train weekend on October 11/12.
Open Meeting on Saturday with first start at 10.45; briefing at 10.15. Enter on the day.
Training on Sunday starting at 10.00 cost £20 per boat.
Contact Mike Jones via email@example.com to book a place.
Pic by Peter Newton
Northampton Sailing Club hosted the RS Feva Volvo Grand Prix and Bart’s Bash event on September 20/21, with 39 competitors from around the country. The event was the final RYA UK Junior Squad selector, so added an extra pressure to some of the sailors.
Saturday saw an overcast, drizzly start to the morning. The first start got away, all clear, in 6 knots of breeze despite a starboard line bias. Iain Bird and Jake Hardman were first round the windward mark, closely followed by Henry and Rupert Jameson, with Daniel Lewis and Tristan Payne in 3rd. The top three pulled away in the light downwind conditions. By the 2nd windward mark, Iain and Jake held onto the top spot, but Daniel and Tristan snuck into 2nd place; with Jack Lewis and Lucas Marshall hot on their heels in 3rd. The Race Officer shortened the course with Iain and Jake taking the win; Daniel and Tristan 2nd; Jack and Lucas 3rd.
The breeze dropped to 4-5 knots for race two with no sign of the sun breaking through the low cloud cover. Two boats OCS, but both returned and restarted. A port lift on the first beat helped Rory Odell and Josh Bonsey lead at mark one, 2nd Fin and Dan Armstrong; 3rd Emma Tardrew and Isobel Clark. By the leeward gate Rory and Josh hold onto the top spot with Emma and Isobel up to 2nd,3rd Fin and Dan. Positions stayed the same for the next lap. Again the course was shortened so Rory and Josh finish first, Fin and Dan 2nd; Emma and Isobel 3rd.
The course was changed due to a shift in the breeze for race 3 with the wind still 5-6 knots. The race got away all clear but another shift made the beat biased so the decision was made to abandon the race. After a successful restart the wind steadied and at the 1st windward mark it was Matthew Caiger and Niamh Davies, 2nd Tom Holliday and Ollie Dennis, 3rd Jack and Lucas. But all change at the leeward gate as Jack and Lucas get ahead, with two pairs of brothers after that; the Jamesons in 2nd, and the Armstrongs in 3rd. Positions they held to the finish.
Day two heralded beautiful conditions with sunshine and a steady breeze of 10-12 knots.
Bart’s Bash was the first of the 3 races. A clear start to Bart’s Bash with the fleet spilt going up the beat. Matthew & Niamh lead at first windward mark, 2nd Fin & Dan, 3rd Henry & Rupert. At the first leeward mark, Matthew and Niamh hold onto 1st place but Jack and Lucas sneak into 2nd with Fin and Dan in 3rd. By the 2nd leeward gate Daniel and Tristan fly downwind leg to round it in 2nd, Fin and Dan hold onto 3rd. Next time round Jack & Lucas climb to 3rd but by the finish Daniel and Tristan took the gun from Matthew and Niamh; 3rd Jack and Lucas.
Lovely warm sunshine, clear skies, great breeze. Perfect conditions for Bart’s Bash….Bart would have loved it.
The breeze picked up to 12 gusting 15 knots in race 5 and it was girls in front at the windward mark. Freya Black and Hattie Cage 1st, Daniel and Tristan 2nd, Jack and Lucas 3rd. By the 2nd leeward gate Rory and Josh pulled through to lead, Daniel and Tristan 2nd, Jack and Lucas 3rd. By now it was good planing conditions, tight fleet racing, with plenty of opportunity to pick up a few places in the shifts. At the final windward mark Rory and Josh stayed in front and held the lead to the finish; Jack and Lucas moved up to 2nd; Freya and Hattie were in 3rd but were overtaken at the finish by Matthew and Niamh.
The final race saw a very well behaved fleet, and amazingly the black flag had remained in the box all weekend which must be a first ! Charlotte Ormerod and Maddie Wylie led at the windward mark; Jack and Lucas in 2nd with Louis Wright and Jamie Allen in 3rd as the breeze shifted and increased to 15 gusting 18 knots. By the leeward gate the girls are still in the lead with the Jameson boys climbing up to 2nd; Louis and Jamie in 3rd. Thereafter, there’s carnage as boats avoid those capsizing! On the next windward mark Daniel and Tristan have fought through to 2nd; and Rory and Josh to 3rd. But there are ‘thrills and spills ‘ to come, so the race is far from over. By the gate Rory and Josh pull up to 2nd but by the final windward mark Matthew and Izzi have taken the lead whilst Charlotte and Maddie drop to 2nd, the Jamesons are in 3rd. But by the finish it was ‘birthday boy’ Henry Jameson and brother Rupert taking the gun from Matthew and Izzi whilst Charlotte and Maddie had to settle for 3rd.
The close battle in the final race resulted in Rory and Josh finishing on equal points with Jack and Lucas but taking the win on discard.
A huge thank you to Northampton Sailing Club for proving excellent hosts; thanks to Volvo Cars UK for their continued support of the UK RS Feva Class.
Results above under the results tab.
Pic by Barry Jobson
Pic by Martin Allen for Volvo Cars of day one at NSC.
Bart’s Bash race today see The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation website to donate.
For your chance to win a Volvo for the Northampton GP, which would be delivered and collected from your choice of address, complete with a tow bar and full tank of fuel, go to https://apps.facebook.com/winacarrs/ and select the event you are competing in before Monday Sept 15th.
Bart’s Bash LIVE – be part of the TV coverage!
To celebrate the global scale of Bart’s Bash, and to give every club and individual the opportunity to be showcased and celebrated during the day, there will be LIVE global broadcast that everyone is invited to contribute to!!!
Do YOU want to appear in our global coverage alongside Jimmy Spithill, Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and other global stars of sailing? Do you want to showcase YOUR CLUB and promote the place you know and love so well? Do you want to share YOUR FRIENDS or your FUNDRAISING activities? Do you want to leave a MESSAGE to BART and all other sailors around the world?
On the hour, every hour, starting at 9am GMT and continuing through until the evening, we will be broadcasting a LIVE update including film from around the world and YOUR FOOTAGE! In between the live broadcasts we will be running highlights, recorded films and a Twitter Wall where your #bartsbash tweets will be displayed, including photos. They intend to share footage from the ISAF World Championships, the TP52 regatta in Ibiza, the Clipper Race in the Solent, live tracking of Sir Ben Ainslie’s race at the QMSC, film from the America’s Cup teams and the global sailing stars.
You will have a chance to look behind the scenes at the Control Centre of Bart’s Bash and meet some of the key people who have been organising this event including Tony, Jez and Tim.
They encourage you to tune in to the Bartsbash.co.uk website at your club, watch us at home before you go racing and keep up to date with developments as the day goes on – share your footage and your friends and family around the world will be able to celebrate with you!
Here’s what you do:
1. Film your selfie, your friends or your club activity – an iPhone is fine, you can use whatever you wish to film the footage.
2. Make sure you mention where you are, and who you are. The more interesting and engaging it is, the more it is likely to be used!
3. Upload it to YouTube
4. Use the tag ‘bartsbash’ when you upload it, if you can!
5. Email the link to your uploaded footage to firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Make another film of something different but equally interesting and repeat!
Info supplied by the Bart’s Bash Team.
Pic by Paul Wyeth of Stu Bithell & Kate MacGregor
The RS Class Association are delighted to announce that the RS200 Youth Championship will take place within The Gul RS200 Inland Championship at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club on 18/19 October.
Helm and crew must both be aged 22 or under on 18th October 2014 and will be competing for the RS200 Youth Championship Hyundai Trophy, plus vouchers from event sponsor Gul. Past winners include Ben Saxton and Kate MacGregor, George Yeoman and Georgie Akin-Smith, James and Will Rusden, Matt Giles and Ian Gill and most recently Steven Clayton and Stuart Moore. With 34 of the 119 boats at the Nationals helmed by youths or juniors competition is already hotting up.
Gul’s Mike Pickering comments “We are absolutely delighted that the RS200 Youth Championship will be part of the Gul RS200 Inland Championship, it will be interesting to see if the youths can beat the masters!”
The event will comprise a maximum of 6 races, with 3 back-to-back races planned each day. First race is scheduled for 12:00 on Saturday 18th October. Depending on the number of entrants a flight system may be used.
Jean Border took some photo’s last weekend at Torquay which you can order through her website. Take a look at www.borderphotos2010.com
Online entry is open for the Volvo GP at Northampton SC on Sept 20/21st. This event is also an RYA UK Junior Squad, Class National Squad & RYA N/NW Zone Squad selector. See events tab above.
All sailors must be full or temporary members of the UK RS Feva Class Association.
Online entry will close at midday on Friday Sept 19th but entries will be taken on the day with payment by cash or cheque & a £10 surcharge.