UK. Racing gets underway at the RYA Youth Nationals and Olympic Games trials Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Myrrh Walker:


The RYA Youth National Championships kicked off this morning, Monday 10 April, with over 330 aspiring young Olympians taking to what will become Olympic waters.

Racing at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), the sailing venue for the London 2012 Games, Britain's best youth talent are competing for the Youth National Championship title and for selection to the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006.

Up to 25 knots greeted competitors as they prepared for a day of racing. By the afternoon the breeze died down creating shifty and challenging conditions.

Stephen Tiernan from Poole and Jamie Crapnell from North Guildford take the lead in the 420 after the first day of racing. Hot on their heels are the Tim Saxton/ Jamie Hare pair from Baldock, Hertfordshire and Maldon, Essex respectively, while Sophie Weguelin of Lymington, Hampshire and Katrina Hughes of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, take the lead in the girls fleet.

Cheshire sailors Dylan Fletcher of Draycote and Rob Partridge of Waverham got off to a rocketing start in the 29er. After two first place finishes, the pair have taken the lead and will hope to continue their run of good form throughout the week. However, they will be strongly challenged by Henry Maxfield and Dicken Maclean from Farnham and Sutton, Surrey, who follow in second. Paul Turnill from Maidstone and Preston Taylor from Brighton ended the day in third.

Mudeford sailor Max Holloway proved a forced to be reckoned with as he took a first and second place finish. Competing under the Welsh banner, Dyfrig Mon from Ynys Mon, currently rests in second place with hopes of moving up the ladder into first before the week is over.

The Radial fleet sees the biggest number of entries with over 100 boats registered to take part in the event. David Jessop of Bedfordshire, Cameron Steele of Glasgow and Tom Hayes of Staffordshire are at the top of the leader's board with first, second and third respectively. In the girls fleet Anna Dobson from Helensburgh, Rhu leads, with Birmingham's Kelsey Suggitt and Clare Chapple from Guernsey following closely behind.

In the Hobie 16 catamaran, Hannah Rowles and Stephanie Wall from Weymouth put their local knowledge to the test and came up strong, finishing the day in first ahead of Luke Butler from Christchurch and Sam Rowles from Weymouth who took second. Cornwall's Tom Phipps was placed third after having to change his regular crew, Jon Cook, who broke his collarbone just days before the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials. Sam Newton gets on board with Tom to see if they have the skill to be crowned National Champions.

The RS:X windsurfing fleet showcased some close racing. In the boys RS:X fleet, Richard Hamilton from Barrow Upon Humber won the first two races followed by Brighton's Kim Jiskoot who earned two second place finishes. The pair will continue to battle it out over the rest of the week.

Racing on the same course as the boys, the girl's RS:X fleet saw Beth Williamson from West Kirby take a strong lead finishing in fourth overall with a 12 point advantage over her nearest female competitor.

HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, will attend the event on Tuesday 11 April to watch competitors battle it out on the race course.

Racing continues through to Friday 14 April. Further event information and final results can be found on www.ryaevents.org.uk/youthnationals
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