8 April 2015: ICS Sailors on a Mission
Published 14:23 on 8 Apr 2015
Nice livetracker image from Race 3
This week over 370 sailors gathered at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for the start of the 2015 RYA Youth National Championships. Racing started on Easter Monday, with all six RYA Youth classes; 420, Laser, Radial, RS:X, Spitfire and 29er, taking to the water to commence battle. Competitors from all corners of the UK will race over five days to be crowned RYA Youth National Champion, whilst also having the chance to be selected to represent Great Britain on an international stage at the forth coming Worlds and European events. The standard is high with many entries made up of past and present RYA Youth and Transition Squad sailors and even 470 Podium Potential sailors returning for the fun. Sailors will also be enjoying the opportunity to catch up with old friends, as this is the biggest multi-class youth event of the year with a big social planned for Friday night.
The 420 races were on the easterly side of Weymouth Bay with glorious sunshine for the spectators but little wind for the sailors and the Race Committee were only able to get three races away in the first two days. Day three and the wind started to build slightly with the forecast for the remainder of the week expected to build. The full range of conditions will be a good test for all the sailors. Those who can adapt quickly to the changeable conditions and put together a consistent series are likely to come out at the top of the leaderboard.
With 41 420's entered, this event is the culmination of intense squad sailing and fitness training over the last six months. Itchenor are well represented with sailors in 5 boats;
GBR 54848 - Isabel Davies (ISC) and Gemma Keers (ISC) - Current RYA Youth Squad
GBR 54510 - Iago Davies (Pwllheli) and Paddy Jefferies (ISC) - Current RYA Welsh and Transition Squad
GBR 55244 - Katie Davies (ISC) and Grace Summers (Emsworth) - ex RYA Transition Squad
GBR 54852 - Jo Kalderon (ISC) and Midge Watkins (PYC) - ex RYA Transition Squad
GBR 54785 - Celia Hansell (ISC) and Ed Hansell (ISC)
In addition to the high end racing, the Academy were also offering 420 taster training for those looking to get to grips with a bigger boat and the joys of a harness. Itchenor's Felix Jefferies and Oliver Wilson were putting the coaches through their paces along with four Optimist sailors.
Good luck to the competitors with both the event as well as the selectors for the Worlds and Europeans.
Joe Kalderon, Ed Hansel, Cecila Hansel, Isabel Davies, Paddy Jefferies, Katie Kavies and Gemma Keers . Good luck to our Itchenor sailors at the youth nationals 2015. 256 sailors, five classes of boat all at weymouth this week.
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