UK. RYA Youth National Championships and Trials produces 15 National Champions
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Saturday, 15 April 2006
Myrrh Walker:


After five days of tough competition at the RYA Youth National Championships and Trials, 15 of Britain's brightest young sailing stars have been named the 2006 Youth National Champion in their respective classes.

With perfect sailing conditions today (Friday) and all classes completing at least three races, the Championship has certainly ended on a high note.

Today's battle of the Lasers, ended with Cardiff's Sean Evans winning by a mere two points. Evans, who struggled at the beginning of the week, had a seamless last day of sailing which catapulted him into the lead. Welshman, Dyfrig Mon finished in second after earning a string of seconds and fourths on the final day. Max Holloway of Mudeford slipped into third during the last race.

In the Hobie 16 class Richard and Andrew Glover of Weymouth and Tom Phipps and Sam Newton from Cornwall went head to head. The Phipps-Newton team managed to pull off three bullets while the Glover brothers seemed to struggle in the last race taking second place overall. Christchurch's Luke Butler and Sam Rowles from Weymouth finish in third.

"Our goal for today was to go out and sail conservatively;" Sam explained. "We covered the fleet well and won the series. We're really pleased with the result."

Richard Mason from Lymington and Daniel Schieber of Englefield continued to dazzle in the 420 fleet and will go home with a gold medal from the event after a combination of 1,3,3 finishes in Friday's racing. "It's really great that in our last year of youth racing that we will go out with a bang!" Richard grinned.

Second place goes to the Ellis brothers from Wembury, Plymouth, who have continually pushed to finish in the top five this week and have solidly succeeded. David Brewer of Poole and Oren Richards of Lymington will finish the week third in the boys' fleet.

The girls' 420 fleet was dominated by Lymington's Sophie Weguelin and Leigh-on-Sea's Katrina Hughes who have secured a gold medal. Welsh sailor, Hannah Mills and Oxfordshire's Peggy Webster finished in second with Ashford's Sophie Anisworth and Jasmine Husband of Lymington in third.

Winners, Sophie and Katrina explained, "The whole week was quite hard so we're very happy to have won. It means quite a lot."

Richard Hamilton of Barrow-upon-Humber proved that consistent sailing pays and clenched the title of National Champion in the RS:X after eleven top three finishes. Elliot Carney of Hythe, Kent and Kim Jiskoot of Uckfield finished in second and third in the boys' fleet.

Also in the RS:X Beth Williamson of West Kirby was able to secure her place on the podium as the top finishing girl after pushing herself hard out on the water. Hampton's Kirsten O'Callaghan earned a second and Flintshire's Jilly Bromley earned a third on the girl's podium respectively.

Draycote's Dylan Fletcher and Weaverham's Rob Partridge were an unstoppable force in the 29er and tied up the event 12 points in the lead, only counting second and first place finishes. Anglesey's duo, Huw Humphries and Max Todd have ended the week well in second place overall followed by Henry Maxfield of Farnham and Dicken Maclean of Sutton who have earned a bronze medal.

Clinching pole position in the 29er girls' fleet were Sarah Martin of Buckinghamshire and Nicola Groves of Surrey who finished 44 points ahead of the nearest girls' boat. London sailors Hannah Tattersall and Sophie Porteous finished in second and Hannah Diamond of Warsash and Olivia Petitt third in the girls' fleet.

Eifion Mon from Anglesey took the top slot in the boys' Laser Radial Fleet and Anna Dobson from Helensburgh was top of the heap in the girls' fleet. Stuart Godwin and David Jessop finished in second and third respectively on count-back after they tied in points.

Second and third in the girl's laser Radial Fleet was Welsh sailor Sarah Williams and Clare Chapple from Guernsey respectively.

Full results and event information can be found on www.ryaevents.org.uk/youthnationals
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