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Ullswater event second only in size to South and South West at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy!

The North region had one of the most successful events in the country for the first-ever British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships - with 168 young sailors taking part at Ullswater Yacht Club.

The impressive turn-out from across the region made it the second largest event out of the eight held at venues nationwide, beaten only by the South and South West championship held on Olympic waters at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.

The event replaced the former Zone Championships and aimed to provide a broader format to encourage more young sailors to take part, from rookies to experienced racers. It included an OnBoard fleet for those relatively new to the sport, a coached Regatta fleet for those learning to race or wanting to improve their skills, and a Championship racing fleet for more experienced sailors competing for honours and possible RYA Zone Squad selection.

Sam Usher, RYA Regional Development Officer for the North East, said: "It was windy all weekend but even the OnBoard fleet sailed throughout. We got to see the whole junior pathway, from beginners through to experienced sailors, and had some great feedback from parents new to the sport.

"Our youngest participant was four-year-old Molly Wilson from Filey SC in the OnBoard fleet and the oldest sailors went up to 16-years-old. We'd just like to say a really big thank you to all the participants and also to the parents, for supporting their children to take part and helping to make it such a successful event."

Special guest at the event was Olympic Laser Radial sailor Ali Young, from the British Sailing Team, who was on shore chatting to sailors and also waist-deep in the water helping children to launch and recover their boats while giving them lots of tips!

In the 33-boat Topper Championship fleet, first overall and first girl was Leah Fidling counting a scoreline of three firsts and three seconds. First boy in second overall was Oliver Mills ahead of Thomas Link in third and Austin Wright in fourth. Second and third girls were Chloe Mills and Megan Greaves.

The Optimist Championship fleet had 19 entries, won overall by George Creasy with five firsts and a second from the seven-race series, with Edward Coady and Liam Boyce claiming the second and third podium spots. Top girl was Abi Cowley ahead of Holly Wright and Olivia Creasy.

First in the RS Tera fleet was Teddy Dunn with John Bridgeman second and Rebecca Green third, while the RS Feva XL fleet was dominated by Felix and Theo Stewart, with Eilish Graham/Olivia Rawlinson second overall and first all-girl team, and Esme Barraclough/William Bailey third and first mixed team.

The Optimist and Topper Regatta fleets were won by Elizabeth Shilling and Rhys Fidling respectively, with Thomas Whitehead winning the RS Tera Regatta fleet. The overall results can be found here


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