Derwent’s Ruben sails ahead of his rivals
Published at 07:38, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
SAILORS from Tynedale led the way in the Royal Yachting Association’s North Zone Championships at the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club headquarters at Grimwith Reservoir at Hebden
The hardy North Zone sailors battling it out for zone honours in the Yorkshire Dales took a battering from the wind on the final day of competition, with gusts of up to 25 knots.
The young sailors competing in the Topper class managed to complete the full schedule of races in the strong breeze resulting in some exhilarating sail racing in the final stages of the regatta.
The Optimist competitors only managed five of the six race series, with the sixth race being canned on the final day due to the building breeze which peaked at 25-27 knots.
Top of the Optimists was Ruben Stokroos, from the Derwent Reservoir SC, with another Derwent sailor, Oscar Shilling in third place.
Separating them in second place was Kielder Water SC’s Ben Russell.
With the predicted strong winds the regatta fleet remained ashore under the capable hands of RYA coach Bret Cockayne and his coaching team.
RYA double handed pathway manager Roy McCubbin said: “We witnessed some challenging conditions at Yorkshire Dales.
“The sailors did extremely well in the strong breeze which will go a long way towards their progression through the RYA Youth and Junior pathway.
“Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club have done a fantastic job in organising the event and all the competitors were fortunate to have the use of their fabulous new facility across the course of the weekend.”
With all of the RYA Zone and Home Country venues enjoying a full schedule of racing on Saturday more than 1,000 young stars of the future were once again able to shine as the weather across the UK delivered some great sailing conditions on the closing day of the regatta. The RYA high performance managers saw some impressive dinghy and windsurf racing from the nation’s Olympic hopefuls who have been competing for selection into the RYA Zone and Home Country squads.
The event attracted an assortment of sailors, supporters and volunteers from clubs and training centres across Great Britain and have the young competitors the chance to experience big regatta racing without having to travel far from their home sailing clubs.
For some, competing in the Regatta fleets will have honed their racing skills and overall ability after venturing out onto the competitive circuit for the first time.
RYA youth racing manager Duncan Truswell, commented: “At nine venues all over the UK this weekend we had over 1,000 young sailors racing against their peers and receiving coaching input and support from RYA staff and coaches.
“I hope the young sailors learned a lot, and above all feel inspired by their experiences this weekend; hopefully it will be the catalyst to encourage them to practise at their local clubs, and we look forward to seeing how they progress over the winter and into next season.”
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