Young sailors from around the north east of England gathered at Derwent Reservoir Sailing club on Saturday 22 October to compete in the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Regional Youth and Junior Championships.
Running in tandem with the youth and junior championships were the inaugural RYA North East Ladies Championships.
Competitors for both events were greeted by leaden skies and fickle easterly winds which made sailing difficult and unpredictable. The greatest skill was to be in the right place within the fleet to maximise the wind shifts when they came. Experience paid off and the consistent performances of the fleet winners showed their ability to read the breeze and make it all look like plain sailing.
RYA NE Youth Championship results (to 3rd place)
- Peter Owen Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club
- Cameron Straughan Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club
- Ben Russell and Luke Stewart Kielder Water Sailing Club
RYA NE Junior Championships results (to 3rd place)
- Oscar Shilling Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club
- Patrick Beukenholdt Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club
- Ed Coady Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club
RYA NE Ladies Championships results (to 3rd place)
- Annabelle LePage Thornton Steward Sailing Club
- Michelle Russell Kielder Water Sailing Club
- Nicky Leech Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club
This weekend there is plenty going on at the club for our junior racers. On Saturday 25th June we welcome the North East Youth Travellers. This is a one day event for anyone under 19 years old sailing a monohull boat with a recognised PY. There will be on the water coaching by Peter Lulham Robinson and this series is perfect for those of you new to racing with a simple traingle course . Briefing will be at 10.00am and the first race at 11.15am.
On Sunday 26th June there is a champion club coacing day for our racing juniors with Matt Goodbourn from Durham University. He is planning some match racing in the afternoon to hone your tactics and rules! 9.30 start rigged and ready . This session is for those "competent" in racing .
Dont forget the rest of you - it is supersunday again so there will be short bullett races in the morning and if you are up for something different... involvement of the adults in the match racing in the afternoon!! Come and try some close boat on boat racing with coaching from one of the countries top team racers!
Sixteen young sailors enjoyed the sunshine and light beezes , providing perfect conditions for learning to sail . Coached by Head coach Peter Clayton and his junior coaches Harry and Peter, the goals of the day were for everyone to sail on a reach and tack around a bouy. In the morning session 12 sailors were divided into groups . While some went out on the water the others had a land session with Harry learning the skills of upwind sailing . More youngsters joined for the afternoon .After the briefing, the children swapped in and out of the Oppies from the rib, providing everyone with a go at sailing independently between 2 marks . There was a noisy finale as all the youngsters were put 2 up in each Oppie for the all important duck race . Suddenly steering and sailing to a particular location (where the ducks were!) was achieved. Most ducks were bagged by Lewis Huddleston and team. The next coaching session will be on May 28th .
Saturday 11th June did not quite provide the promise of sparkling sunshine for our annual open day, but preparations and windstrengths were perfect. By midday there was quite a traffic queue at the gate of members of the public keen to "have a go" at sailing and windsurfing. Thanks to Phil Ball who diligenty manned the gate all day fuelled by much tea! Duncan and Fiona Moncrieff's precise planning of activities and ticketted time slots enabled everyone to get the sailing and windsurfing activities of their choice without much waitling and most visitors had a go in dinghies, windsurfers and a trip of Muriel. Folk came back off the slips with big smiles and excited exchanges about the fabulous experience thay had just had. A big thank you to everyone who made the event a success. Particular mention goes to Duncan and Fiona Moncrieff who organised us all, Ian for sorting out new memberships, Lionel Sainsbury for helping co-ordinate the reception, Ann Penny, Vic Linscott and Peter Stewart who efficiently kitted out the visitors in wetsuits and buoyancy aids, the team of Omega helms, Geoff Hoodless, John Watson and David Spoor, our junior Feva helms George and Charlie Coombe, Cameron Straughan, Thomas and Mark Donald and Harry Myers who provided great banter and sailing for younger visitors, Roger and Linda Coleby with Jessica Waugh selling the windsurfing dream. Clare Patton and Peter Coombe for serenely sailing the lake with Muriel and Maurice, Steve and Abi manning the ribs. There will be many I have missed but thanks to everyone who showed Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club as a fun, beautiful and friendly Club. As a result of you efforts we welcomed many new members in on Saturday.