Young sailors from sailing clubs and centres across London and the South East enjoyed a weekend of sailing fun at the British Youth Sailing’s Regional Junior Championship at Datchet Water Sailing Club on 28-29 September.

This was one of four venues across the UK with racing in British Youth Sailing’s recognised dinghy and windsurfer classes. Among those taking part were some of the nation’s most promising young sailors, as well as a host of kids getting their first taste of racing in a fun, inclusive festival of sailing for under 16s regardless of ability, but with a championship element for serious racers.

Competitors were split into three fleets: a new fun OnBoard fleet for newcomers, a coached regatta fleet for those developing their racing skills and a championship fleet for experienced racers.

Ian Walker, double Olympic medallist, America’s Cup sailor, winning Volvo Ocean Race skipper and now RYA director of racing was on hand to help out with prizegiving.

Along with prizes for event winners there were a range of prizes for sailors exhibiting the British Youth Sailing Values and Behaviours and showing a passion for the sport.

Mark Nicholls, the RYA’s Youth Racing Manager, said: “The Regional Junior Championships is all about providing kids with a positive racing experience.

“We want youngsters to have fun on the water and develop a love for sailing that sees them stay in the sport long into adulthood.”

Helen Hofmann, RYA London and South East regional team chair added: “"Despite some challenging weather conditions, successful racing took place over the weekend. Huge thanks goes to all the team helping with the event, and parents for their committed support."

Full results from the regattas can be found here

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