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HOW WILL YOU ‘PUSH THE BOAT OUT’ IN 2014?

Club and Training Centres taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out weekend across the Yorkshire and Humberside Region:

17th May; 12noon to 5pm

Rotherham Sailing Club – contact enquiries@rotherhamsailingclub.org.uk

www.rotherhamsailingclub.org.uk

 

17th May; 4pm to 7pm

Scarborough Yacht Club – contact roger@buxton105.fsnet.co.uk

www.syc.org.uk

17th May; 10am to 3pm

Welton Waters Adventure Centre, near Hull – contact info@wwac.org.uk

www.wwac.org.uk

18th May; 10am to 3pm

Craven Sailing Club, near Skipton – contact alcass@fsmail.net

www.cravensailingclub.org.uk

18th May; 10.30am to 4pm

Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir – contact 01484 863116

www.pennine-sc.co.uk

18th May; 10am to 5pm

Ulley Sailing Club – contact training@ulleysailingclub.org.uk

www.ulleysailingclub.org.uk

18th May; 10am to 4pm

Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre, near Ilkley – contact lester.mulligan@yahoo.co.uk

www.wharfedalescouts.org.uk

18th May; 12noon to 5pm

White Rose Sailing Association, near Ripon – contact di@twetherell.freeserve.co.uk

www.wrsa.org.uk

May is National Watersports Month and hundreds of sailing clubs across the country will be opening their doors and inviting people of all ages and abilities to come along and have a go at sailing and windsurfing. Sailing Clubs across the RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Region are ready to welcome visitors over the weekend of 17/18 May as part of the RYA Push the Boat Out weekend.

Whether you’re completely new to the sport, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, a sailing club or training centre near you will be taking part in RYA Push the Boat Out weekend.  The event will see hundreds of people taking part in the sport at open days, have-a-go sessions and fun events for all the family.

“We would like to encourage everyone to head down to their local club and have a go at sailing or windsurfing alongside experienced sailors,” said Jackie Bennetts, RYA Club Support Advisor.

 “We have over 200 sailing clubs across the UK offering a range of fantastic activities and you can find out just how easy and affordable it is to get involved."

"Although getting wet isn’t guaranteed, bring a change of clothes just in case and everything else will be provided by the venue.  You never know, you might even get hooked!”

RYA Sport Development Manager Duncan Truswell said, “Push the Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for people to discover their local sailing venue, meet like-minded people, have a go at the sport and find out how much fun it is.”

Club and Training Centres taking part in the RYA Push the Boat Out weekend across the Yorkshire and Humberside Region:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about RYA Push the Boat Out and more details of clubs and centres in Yorkshire and Humberside taking part visit
http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/pushtheboatout/map/Pages/YorkshireHumberside.aspx

For more information about National Watersports Month visit www.watersportsmonth.co.uk

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INSPIRING SAILING FACILITIES FOR RIPON SC

Sailing clubs across Yorkshire and Humberside are dusting off their sail covers and preparing for the new season.
Since 2012, over £500,000 has been spent on the improvement of sailing facilities across the north of England and we now have facilities to match the best in the country.

Ripon Sailing Club, based near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, benefitted from £50,000 Olympic legacy funding in 2013 via the Sport England Inspired Facilities fund. The £50,000 Sport England funding was matched by £50,000 from other sources and consequently the club can now start the 2014 sailing season from its smart, newly refurbished clubhouse which will be officially opened by Councillor Carole Reid, Mayor of Knaresborough on Sunday 4th May.

Some of the new improvements include:

·        Completely refurbished changing, toilet and shower facilities complete with underfloor heating

·        A new entrance porch and access ramp

·        A fully refurbished Club room

·        A new, more effective and energy efficient heating system

·        Improvements to glazing, flooring and lighting

"Our new facilities will make access to the clubhouse much easier, especially for those with disabilities," said Chris Wright, Secretary of Ripon Sailing Club.

"The builders moved in during autumn 2013, after our summer sailing season had finished. Transformation from our adequate 1980s building into a modern, bright, inclusive 21st century facility is now complete. I'd like to thank our volunteers and club members for bearing with us during this time."

"We would like to move forward with our links to RYA Sailability and we will be able to welcome many more members of the community to our new accessible facilities."

"It is good to know that the Olympic legacy is funding projects across the country and great that one of those projects is Ripon Sailing Club," said Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough. "The Club has a great youth section and is well-known as a family friendly organisation.  This funding will enable the Club to introduce even more people to sailing. The RYA Sailability scheme has introduced more than 40,000 people with disabilities to sailing in the last year alone.  This local investment marks another step forward through the Club’s strong ties to the Sailability."

Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Yorkshire.”

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the region who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

For more information about Ripon Sailing Club please visit www.ripon-sc.org.uk

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Ulley Sailing Club in South Yorkshire has secured Olympic legacy funding to the tune of £50,000
from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund

Ulley Sailing Club in South Yorkshire has secured Olympic legacy funding to the tune of £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
To date, more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of the Sport England Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme. Sport England today announced an extra £40million would be available to extend the Inspired Facilities fund to 2017.
Ulley Sailing Club has secured the £50,000 (the maximum grant) from Sport England to make internal alterations and refurbishments to the council-owned centre building at Ulley Country Park, the home of the club since its inauguration in 1972.
The project objective is to refresh the building and deliver a more flexible layout, making it more user-friendly and welcoming for all community and school users, not just the sailing club. A key feature will be the installation of a dedicated changing room for disabled visitors, linking in with club’s objective of becoming an RYA Sailability Centre, to help people with disabilities to enjoy the sport of sailing.
“Sport England’s award of £50,000 is fantastic news for the club, the council and all members of our local community who use the building" said Club Commodore David Holt. "Everyone knows that local authority budgets are currently stretched to the limit and we are delighted to be able to help to restore the building to a layout and condition that will attract many more sailors and community users in future."
"I am extremely pleased that Ulley Sailing Club is going to benefit from Olympic legacy funding," said local MP, Kevin Barron. "The award is particularly welcome given the Club's sterling work to recover from the events of 2007. The improved facilities will help encourage local people to participate in sailing activities and help maintain the proud history of the Club."
This sentiment was echoed by Steve Hallsworth, Leisure and Community Services Manager for Rotherham Borough Council, who said: "We are pleased to hear about the successful bid and will be working closely with Ulley Sailing club to make the most of this great opportunity."
"Following so soon after the club reached the final round of the prestigious RYA Club of the Year Award in March, this is a huge boost for us," continued Club Commodore, David Holt. "I would like to thank all the club members who have put so much effort into bringing the club back from the brink of closure to its healthy position today."
Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in South Yorkshire.”
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the region who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Paul Goodison, Laser Class Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games, learned to sail at Ulley and is an honorary member of the club.
Duncan Truswell, the RYA’s Sport Development Manager, also started his sailing career at Ulley.
For more information please visit www.ulleysailingclub.org.uk


INSPIRING SAILING FACILITIES
FOR OTLEY

Otley Sailing Club in West Yorkshire has secured Olympic legacy funding to the tune of £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund

Otley Sailing Club in West Yorkshire has secured Olympic legacy funding to the tune of £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
To date, more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of the Sport England Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme. Sport England today announced an extra £40million would be available to extend the Inspired Facilities fund to 2017.
Otley Sailing Club has secured the £50,000 (the maximum grant) from Sport England to make extensive alterations to the Clubhouse, making it even more accessible for disabled users.
"The award is fantastic news for the club," said Peter Fox, Otley Sailing Club's RYA Sailability Co-ordinator. "We will be creating better disabled facilities and integrating them into the entire clubhouse. We are already an RYA Sailability "Centre of Excellence" and we plan to build upon our 25 years of experience to make our sailing centre as inclusive as possible."
"I am extremely pleased that Otley Sailing Club is going to benefit from Olympic legacy funding," said local MP, Greg Mulholland. "The award is great news for the inclusivity of the sport of sailing and the improved facilities will build on the club's successful "Sail Free" programme and will maintain the proud history of the Club."
Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in South Yorkshire.”
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the region who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
"I am delighted to see that Otley Sailing Club has been successful with the Inspired Facilities application," said David Staniforth, Chairman of the RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Region. "These new and refurbished facilities will be great for sailing in the region and will allow many more people to take part in the sport."
"I would also like to congratulate all the volunteers on their hard work and success in making this happen."
For more information please visit www.otley-sailingclub.org.uk
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RYA YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER YOUTH CHAMPION

The first ever RYA Regional Youth Champions were unveiled at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show this week. Winner of the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Youth Champion's crown was 12 year old Reanna Wilson of the Jet Ski Racing Association.
Reanna, who comes from Hull and attends Kelvin High School, was joined by other young sailors, windsurfers and powerboaters from across the UK at the presentation ceremony in London.

The awards were presented by the British Sailing Team’s Dylan Fletcher and recognise the outstanding achievement and performance of young people across the range of activities the RYA represents.

Reanna was chosen for the award by a panel of judges from the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region in recognition of her developing talent in the world of Jet Ski Racing.

Reanna has been riding jet skis since she was nine years old and has been racing under the supervision of her dad, Adrian, since she was 11.

"It's very important for the young riders to be safe and have instruction," said Adrian Wilson. "Reanna takes her training and racing very seriously."

Reanna successfully competed in the Junior Ski Class of the PWC (personal watercraft racing) and the JSRA (Jet Ski Racing Association) series of events during 2013, sponsored by Hot Products. Her performance is consistent and she is gaining experience, completing all her races in each round. She was 6th overall in the series. She competed in the Doncaster leg of the Euro Jettribe Tour 2013 (Europeans) as one of two GBR competitors and was 18th out of 26 competitors participating. Reanna has another two seasons in this class before she moves on to a higher age group.

"I really enjoyed my day at the Dinghy Show and I was very proud to receive the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Youth Champion Award," said Reanna after the presentation. "I will be taking part in the JSRA series again this year and I hope to do well when the events come to Doncaster later this summer. In October we are going race in the International Jet Sportsboat Association World Finals at Lake Havasu in Arizona and I'm really excited about that."

Dylan Fletcher presenting the Youth Champion Awards commented: “It was great to meet everyone and to present these inaugural awards. It’s really important to recognise people on every level and these youngsters are all so passionate about their sport and they all put in the extra effort."

All awards winners were selected by the RYA’s 13 regional committees. For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/go/youthchampion

The RYA Regional Youth Champions 2013/2014 are:
Thames Valley: Leila Moore
Eastern: Bryony Bennett-Lloyd and Annabel Cattermole
North East: Ben Russell
South East: Ross Banham
South West: Bella Fellows
Scotland: Gillies Munro and Daniel Harris
North West: Hannah Bristow
Northern Ireland: Liam Glynn
East Midlands: Ellie Craig
Southern: Anthony Parke
Yorkshire and Humberside: Reanna Wilson
West Midlands: Kieran Martin
Wales: Ellie Meopham

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PUGNEYS YOUNG WINDSURFER RECEIVES SPECIAL AWARD

Charlie Bennett (8) from Rotherham was presented with a special award at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show last week by double Olympic Medallist Ian Walker, Skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

Through the RYA OnBoard Programme, Charlie, who windsurfs at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield and is a member of Pugneys Pirates Windsurfing Team was selected last October from over 100 applications and will receive a brand new BIC Techno windsurfer donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST), having shown lots of enthusiasm, talent and commitment to the sport.

"I love windsurfing and I love all of it," said Charlie when he was selected. "The speed is the best bit and when I am on the water it makes me feel happy and good. When I get my new board I would like to be in the RYA Zone Squad like my big brother and sister were when they were younger. Then get into the junior, youth and finally Olympic squad like my brother Joe; he is my idol. I want to be a coach as well, like my big sister Chloe. She inspires me to learn more."

The JMST are supporting promising young sailors by donating over 50 junior pathway boats and boards over the next five years.  Charlie will have exclusive use of his new board for the next two years. The windsurfer will then be donated to Pugneys to benefit club training programmes and enable other young windsurfers to benefit in the future and progress into club, regional and national racing activities.      

Special thanks go to Bishop Skinner Marine who have kindly agreed to insure all of the donated boats and boards for the two year period the youngsters will be campaigning.  Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.
Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.


PENNINE SAILING CLUB YOUNGSTERS RECEIVE SPECIAL AWARD

Three young sailors from Pennine Sailing Club near Holmfirth were presented with special awards at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show last week by double Olympic Medallist Ian Walker, Skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

Through the RYA OnBoard Programme, eight year old Fintan Burke from Leeds, ten year old Jennifer Booth from Huddersfield and 11 year old Oliver Mills from New Mill were selected last October from over 100 applications and will each receive a brand new sailing dinghy donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST), having shown lots of enthusiasm, talent and commitment to the sport.

"To have my own boat would be fantastic," said Oliver Mills. "I could go to some bigger events than I've been to before and the sailing club is really near my house so I can do lots of practice."

"I find sailing really exciting and I want to be an Olympic sailor," said Jennifer, who currently sails her old dinghy. "I would love to get a new Topper dinghy."

"I did my first regatta last year at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club and even though I capsized the coaches gave me a special award because I kept going and finished all my races," said 8 year old Fintan. "I will make sure that me and my dad will look after the new boat and take good care of it."

The JMST are supporting promising young sailors by donating over 50 junior pathway boats and boards over the next five years.  

Fintan, Jennifer and Oliver will have exclusive use of their new boats for the next two years. Their boats will then be donated to Pennine Sailing Club to benefit club training programmes and enable other young sailors to benefit in the future and progress into club, regional and national racing activities.     Special thanks go to Bishop Skinner Marine who have kindly agreed to insure all of the donated boats and boards for the two year period the youngsters will be campaigning.  

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit wwww.rya.org.uk/go/onboard

NARROW MISS FOR ULLEY SAILING CLUB

The finalists and ultimate winners of the RYA Club of the Year Competition were announced in London at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on Saturday 01 March.

This prestigious competition is open to submissions from RYA sailing clubs across the country and judging is based on standards of excellence in youth work, training and inclusivity. The judges also look for that little extra something that makes the finalists stand out from the crowd.

RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts commented: “The RYA Club of the Year Award recognises and promotes the outstanding achievements of the people who create fantastic vibrant clubs in the UK and it was an honour to announce the five finalists for 2014."

Among those five finalists this year was Ulley Sailing Club. Based at Ulley Country Park, just outside Rotherham, the sailing club has been virtually rebuilt since its disastrous flooding in 2007, as David Holt, club Commodore explains, "We are all thrilled that Ulley Sailing Club has been selected as a finalist for the RYA Club of the Year 2014 award. The club has worked unstintingly to rebuild itself over the past few years; renewing equipment, facilities and club boats and attracting many new members through Open Day events and sailing taster sessions. Last year we were awarded RYA Recognised Training Centre status – a magnificent achievement. Being selected as a finalist for the Club of the Year award is the icing on the cake for us."

 “The work done at Ulley has been remarkable," continued Jackie Bennetts. "Without the on-going support and commitment from individual members, clubs like Ulley would not exist and certainly would not offer the range or quality of activities that are crucial to the continued success of both our clubs and our sport”.  

Sadly, when the overall winning club was announced, Ulley Sailing Club just missed out on the top spot, with Derby rivals Staunton Harold Sailing Club coming out on top.

"It is a great achievement for Ulley to represent the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region at the finals," said David Staniforth, Chairman of the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region. "I am doubly proud because Ulley is my home club!"

The final words go to Club Commodore David Holt, "Many thanks to our management committee and to the many other members who have worked so hard in bringing the club to its proud position today."

Special thanks to Gallagher Heath who support the RYA Club of the Year Award and to Sailing Awards who have donated the Club of the Year trophy. For more information on the awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/cluboftheyear

For more information about Ulley Sailing Club and the range of activities on offer, visit www.ulleysailingclub.org.uk


Filey Regatta 2014
Advanced notice for the 2014 Filey Regatta, one of the regions finest regatta weekends held in Filey bay, this event attracts a wide range of classes, and inclues a special award for teh club that gets the most number of members to attend.
Put the date in your diary now: Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd June 2014


Important news from Sam Usher for any clubs that are considering an RS Tera fleet

Below is a link to the RS Tera Scheme, supported by the Eric Twiname Trust.

It would be great to see a few clubs in the region get some.

http://erictwiname.rssailing.com/


STRONG WINDS BLOW IN NEW SAILING OFFICER

2014 will be an exciting year for watersports in Yorkshire and the North East as the new RYA Regional Development Officer, Sam Usher, takes over the helm.

30 year old Sam is a Yorkshireman, born and bred and having worked for sailing schools as far afield as Dubai and Indonesia, he is thrilled to be back in Yorkshire where it all began.

"I started sailing at Runswick Bay Beach and Sailing Club, first crewing for other people, then sailing single handed in a Laser," explained Sam. "My late father and I did quite a lot of sailing together on a variety of boats, while my mother watched. Then she thought, if you can't beat them, join them. Now she enjoys the simple pleasure of getting out on any stretch of water, sailing single handed whenever she can. Maybe my first convert!"

"I love sailing and my goal is to convey that passion as widely as possible throughout the region. We have some fabulous clubs and facilities in Yorkshire and along the Humber, which I will help to support and through these clubs we will develop a healthy network of sailing opportunities for everyone."

"Sailing is one of the few sports that can offer something for all ages and abilities; it can be relaxing and calming or thrilling and exhilarating, it's really your choice. Plus, it doesn’t have to cost much to start sailing, as many clubs run open days with sessions for all; there really is no excuse not to get out on the water and give it a go!"

"I feel we need to raise our profile up here too, within the sailing world and bringing more events up here. We have the facilities, locations and potential to host some prestigious events and once the elite competitors come up here they will be hooked."

"Finally, I would like to work with clubs, centres and commercial partners to develop a pathway for people to enter into employment within the boating world, with the use of apprenticeships and internships. This should develop employment opportunities within the region's marine based sectors."

"We are delighted to welcome Sam back to his home waters," said David Staniforth, Chairman of the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region. "We look forward to working with him to drive the development of the sport here in the region so sailing can reach its full potential."


Make teaching sailing your New Year’s resolution !

Have you thought about becoming a dinghy instructor? Teaching beginners to sail is immensely rewarding and you don’t need to be a fantastic sailor yourself.
To become an instructor, there are three steps all of which can be undertaken at Ripon Sailing Club during the first few months of 2014.
The key step is the sailing pre-entry assessment (to check you are a reasonably competent sailor) and the dinghy instructor course (to teach you how to teach sailing and the RYA syllabus). This step is covered over three weekends at the club:

8 & 9 Feb 2014 Pre-entry assessment day & Dinghy Instructor Course day 1
15 & 16 Feb 2014 Dinghy Instructor Course day 2 & 3
22 & 23 Feb 2014 Dinghy Instructor Course day 4 & 5

The cost for this course which is taught by RYA coaches is £250 although we might receive some support from the RYA which will bring the cost down a little. There are two places available on this course so don’t delay.
Details from Mark Fowler (07802 641071) or download the flyer here.....
 
To complete your qualification you will need a Powerboat Level 2 certificate and First Aid certificate. The PB2 can be done by arrangement with the Powerboat Instructors at Ripon Sailing Club and there is a RYA First Aid course on the 12 April.


WICKED WEATHER AND WINDSURFING ACTION AT WAKEFIELD
Cold winds, gusting at up to 30 knots, did not deter the young windsurfers braving it out on Pugneys Country Park lake on Sunday 15 September, when the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship came to town.

The home fleet of Pugneys Pirates gave the visitors from Northumberland, Durham and Lincolnshire a warm welcome, even though the temperatures out on the lake struggled to make double figures.

The young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, sail for their local team and the team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship, earning a place in the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup. Teams competing at Pugneys Country Park were:

  • Coquet Crushers (Amble, Northumberland)
  • Kielder Kestrels (Kielder Water, Northumberland)
  • Derwent Devils (Durham)
  • Pugneys Pirates (Wakefield)
  • North Lincs Invaders (Barton on Humber)

In the 3.5m class, the two 12 year olds, Charlotte Morrison from the North Lincs Invaders and Archie Dodd from the Kielder Kestrels fought a close battle all day, with the overall lead changing hands several times. At the end though, Charlotte won the class by two clear points, with Archie second followed by two Pugneys Pirates, Jasmine Lowe and Kate-Lynd Smith in third and fourth places.

The 4.5m class was even closer with five youngsters sharing race wins across the seven race series. The overall class winner was 13 year old Aaron Hobb sailing for the Coquet Crushers, with Kielder Kestrel, 14 year old Jane Vallance, one point behind in second place. Of the seven races, Jane won three of them but had to forfeit the final race and settle for overall second place. Third place went to Coquet Crusher Leonardo Takiguchi, with Pugneys Pirates Jacob Lowe and Jack Darlison in fourth and fifth places.

So far, things hadn’t been going according to plan for the Pugneys Pirates on their home waters, but the 5.8m and 6.8m classes made up for it.

15 year old Pugneys Pirate Thomas Sambrook had a clear win over his closest competitors in the 5.8m class, leaving fellow team member Joe Carter and Kielder Kestrels brother and sister duo Philip and Sarah Heywood to fight it out for second, third and fourth places.

Likewise, the 6.8m class was a clear win for the Pirates with 14 year old Fiona Anderson winning five out of seven races. Derwent Devil Mark Jefferson and Pugneys Pirate Tom Darlison tied on points for second and third places, with fourth place going to Coquet Crusher Gustavo Takiguchi.

2013 was a successful season the the Pugneys Pirates fleet, winning the team title in four out of four meetings this summer. This means that the Pirates have held on to their 2012 title of RYA Team15 North Zone Champions and will represent the RYA North Zone at the Champions Cup on 12-13 October against all the other UK Team15 Zone Champions.

“The kids have worked hard training throughout the year unless the lake was frozen!” said Nicola Dinsdale, a member of the Pugneys Pirates scoring team. “Their dedication shows in their performance and the effort they put in will continue as hopefully they will put on a good show at the Champions Cup!”

“It’s really good to see so many young members of the team doing well,” continued Nicola. “It’s really encouraging for another good season next year”.

Team15, which is now in its 12th year, is an RYA initiative set up to make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level. Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

The event at Pugneys Country Park on Sunday 15 September was the final event for David Dobson, RYA North Zone Team15 Event Co-ordinator since the programme started 12 years ago.

David’s hard work and dedication will be hard to equal, as Nicola Dinsdale explains:

“I've been involved in Team15 since I started racing as a ten year old and he's been a constant presence; working hard to ensure that the spirit and competition remains strong and great. His dedication has been greatly appreciated and the effort that he puts in makes the events the success that they are!”

 To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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YORKSHIRE’S TOP YOUNG POWERBOATERS GEAR UP FOR NATIONAL FINAL

Two young powerboating aces from Yorkshire will take on the UK’s best young RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) driving talent when they compete at the National Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, to be held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 15 September 2013.

After a summer of regional finals across the UK, this year’s national final is gearing up to be a real nail biter and the 2013 Championship has already seen some very close finishes. Youngsters will compete in two age categories; 8-12 years, and 13-16 years.

Representing the RYA Yorkshire Region will be 12 year old Harry Blythe from York and 16 year old Danny Wilson from Bridlington. Both youngsters were crowned Honda RYA Yorkshire Regional Champions earlier this summer and both are keen members of the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club at Bridlington. This is Danny’s second year in the competition and at the Yorkshire Regional Final, back in July, Danny set the second fastest time in the UK.

The Yorkshire youngsters will take their places against 26 other regional champions from across the UK in a race against the clock; putting their RIB driving skill, control and speed to the test around the championship course to secure the prestigious title – 2013 Honda RYA Youth RIB National Champion. The course will involve tricky timed manoeuvres, including a high speed slalom, a stop exercise and a blast to the finish line, to test every aspect of the youngsters’ powerboat driving skills. 

Now in its 12th year, finalists will be battling it out on the water in the hope of winning a fantastic prize.  In the 8-12 age group the championship winner will receive a Honwave T40 RIB with a Honda BF20 engine for their club, whilst in the 13-16 age group the winner will receive, again for their club, a 4.8m Ribcraft RIB with a Honda BF60 engine.
If the youngsters are crowned Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions, they will also take on representatives from the reigning champions Parkstone Yacht Club in a head to head showdown to determine the winner of the brand new Honda RYA Youth RIB Champion of Club trophy.

Andrew Norton, RYA Powerboat Project Manager and Event Director said: “Qualifying for the national final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship is a huge achievement. This year’s competition has seen exceptional talent out on the water and we’re expecting to see some fierce competition with some very exciting races ”.

The 2013 Honda RYA Youth RIB Champions will be named at the winner’s presentation held on the Honda Stand (C075) at approximately 16:30. This will be immediately followed by the head to head for the Champion of Club trophy.

The Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which 8-16 year old RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) drivers can demonstrate their boat handling skills in a race against the clock in the hope of winning a 4.8m Ribcraft or Honwave T40 for their club.

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Ribcraft.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib


PUGNEYS PIRATES WELCOME WINDSURFERS TO WAKEFIELD


Junior windsurfers from Northumberland, Durham, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire will sail into action at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield on Sunday 15th September, when the final event of this year’s RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship takes place.

Pugneys Pirates, winners of the North Zone Championship in 2012 are all set to take the title again in 2013 and hopefully many of their supporters from Wakefield will be there to cheer them on.

Team15, which is now in its 12th year, is an RYA initiative set up to make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

The young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, will be sailing for their local team and the team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship and gets to compete against all the other RYA Zone winners in the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup.

North Zone teams taking part this year include:

  • Coquet Crushers (Amble, Northumberland)
  • Kielder Kestrels (Kielder Water, Northumberland)
  • Derwent Devils (Durham)
  • North Lincs Invaders (Barton on Humber)
  • Pugneys Pirates (Wakefield)
  • Rother Valley Country Park (Sheffield)

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches.

The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.
To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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PUGNEYS WINDSURFERS PREPARE FOR BATTLE

On Father’s Day, 16th June, junior windsurfers from around the RYA North Zone will arrive on the banks of the Humber at North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club to take part in round two of the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship.

The Pugneys Pirates team from Wakefield are ready to do battle with the North Lincs Invaders, Derwent Devils and Coquet Crushers as all the junior windsurfing teams gather on the starting line next Sunday. The visiting fleets are sure to receive a bright and sparkling welcome to the south bank of the Humber this year as the North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club (NLHSC) celebrates its Diamond Anniversary.

The Pugneys Pirates team did well in round one of the Team15 Championship last month when the fleets met at Derwent Reservoir. Newly elected Team15 Ambassadors, Joe Thompson from Halifax and Fiona Anderson from York took 1st and 2nd places in the 6.8m class, helping Pugneys Pirates to take the round one team title. There is everything to play for in round two and Pugneys, who are current RYA North Zone Team15 Champions, will be sending a strong team to the Humber on Father’s Day.

 

NORTH LINCS AND HUMBER SAILORS SPARKLE LIKE DIAMONDS

On Father’s Day, 16th June, junior windsurfers from around the RYA North Zone will arrive at North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club to take part in round two of the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship.

The visiting fleets will receive a bright and sparkling welcome to the south bank of the Humber this year as the North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club (NLHSC) celebrates its Diamond Anniversary.

The club has been producing great sailors, and more recently windsurfers, since 1953 and their Diamond Anniversary year is no exception. 12 year old Calanthe Hendrikse from Waltham near Grimsby will be part of the team flying the flag for the club next weekend.

“We are very proud of our junior windsurfers,” said Angelique Lansley, NLHSC Team15 co-ordinator. “Four of our youngsters travelled up to Durham last month for round one of the Championship. Local boy, Tom Anderson from Baysgarth School won the 4.5m class and Calanthe from Louth Grammar School was 1st Girl and 2nd overall in the 3.5m class. It’s a great start for the year. We’ll have more young windsurfers in our fleet when the visitors arrive next Sunday so we are hoping for a team trophy this time.”

Over previous years Team15 at North Lincs has successfully nurtured many future UK windsurfing stars, so why not try and join them?

On Saturday 15th June the club is holding an Open Day and members of the community are welcome to call into the club at Barton on Humber. Full directions are on the club website at www.nlhsc.org.uk

“We are looking forward to holding our 2013 open afternoon on Saturday 15th June,” said Club Commodore, Keith Lown. “The club is 60 years old this year and has been very much part of the community over this time. We enjoy the opportunity to open the doors to the general public who can come and have a go at windsurfing and sailing, under the guidance of our qualified instructors, free of charge. Hopefully people will stay on a bit longer to have a look around the club, see what we do and have a cup of tea.”

Team15, which is now in its 12th year, is an RYA initiative set up to make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

The young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, will be sailing for their local team, the North Lincs Invaders. The team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship earning a place in the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup.

Yorkshire and Humber teams taking part this year include:

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

 To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

Love Windsurfing?  Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding British windsurfing.  Join today and support the RYA in protecting your rights and freedoms.  Take advantage of free advice and support on a wide range of windsurfing topics; enjoy free third party insurance, as well as a fantastic range of personal member offers.  Find out more by calling 0844 556 9556, email member.services@rya.org.uk or visit www.rya.org.uk

 

 

YORKSHIRE YOUTH WINDSURFERS CHOSEN AS AMBASSADORS TO SPORT

13 year old Fiona Anderson from York and 15 year old Joe Thompson from Halifax, have been selected to encourage even more youngsters into windsurfing as RYA Team15 (T15) Ambassadors.

The youngsters from Yorkshire sail at Pugney’s Country Park, Wakefield and will join 14 other young windsurfers from around the country and will become mentors for young windsurfers across the RYA North Zone.

“We are delighted to welcome Fiona and Joe from the Pugney’s Pirates as two of our new T15 ambassadors,” said RYA National Windsurfing Development Officer Gillian Wright. “All our ambassadors are really enthusiastic about their sport and the youngsters will now help to inspire other junior windsurfers by promoting T15, the RYA Pathway and the RYA Zone Squad Programme. They will also become a point of contact for other aspiring young sailors in the Region who may need advice about how to progress in the sport.”

Joe, who is currently in year 10 at North Halifax Grammar School, is mad keen about windsurfing:

“Windsurfing is great exercise and I have promoted windsurfing at my school. I compete as much as possible and I would like to help Pugney’s Pirates win the T15 Champions Cup this year. I am doing my Assistant Instructor course this month so I’ll be able to help train some of the younger team members.”

Fiona attends Easingwold Secondary School and windsurfs at Pugney’s every Saturday morning:

“It’s a long journey from York to Pugney’s but I’m proud to represent Pugney’s Pirates and I’m always encouraging my friends to go windsurfing. It’s a good job that Team15 training is on Saturday mornings but sometimes I have to travel down south to competitions so I get used to doing my school homework in the car!”

The selection of Fiona Anderson and Joe Thompson was fully supported by Roy Peacock, coach of the Pugney’s Pirates Team15 squad.

“It’s great to see these keen youngsters rewarded for their effort,” said Roy. “Our pre-season Team15 training has been hit hard by the cold weather but we have a strong team for 2013 and we are looking forward to our first event up in Durham in May. If any youngsters would like to join us, we are always at Pugney’s every Saturday morning between 9am and 1pm and newcomers are always welcome.”

Team15, which is now in its 12th year, is an RYA initiative set up to make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

The young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, will be sailing for their local team and the team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship and gets to compete against all the other RYA Zone winners in the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup.

North Zone teams taking part this year include:

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches.

The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills.

Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

 To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

Love Windsurfing?  Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding British windsurfing.  Join today and support the RYA in protecting your rights and freedoms.  Take advantage of free advice and support on a wide range of windsurfing topics; enjoy free third party insurance, as well as a fantastic range of personal member offers.  Find out more by calling 0844 556 9556, email member.services@rya.org.uk or visit www.rya.org.uk


BARTON JUNIOR WINDSURFERS PUSH THE BOAT OUT
Junior windsurfers from North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club will travel north to Durham on Sunday 19th May when fleets across the RYA North Zone meet for the first time in this year’s RYA Team15 Inter-Club Championship.

The young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, will be sailing for their local team, the North Lincs Invaders. The team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship earning a place in the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup.

Yorkshire and Humber teams taking part this year include:

“All our young windsurfers are looking forward to the new season,” said Angelique Lansley, windsurfing co-ordinator at North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club. “We hope to build on our performances last year. In 2012 we had a lot of sailors in the 3.5m fleet and this year some of them will be able to move up into larger sail sizes.  We also have a strong group of girls coming through and at the moment girls seem to outnumber boys on the team, which is unusual but nice to see. Some names to watch out for this year are Calanthe Hendrikse, Charlotte Morrison, Lucy Ellis, Sarah Lill and Hannah Lee they are becoming rather competitive with our boys: Owen Train, Thomas Anderson, Ben Evans.”

Over previous years Team15 at North Lincs has successfully nurtured many future UK windsurfing stars and this year Jack Lennon, Sarah Labourne and Ruben Lansley are in the National Junior Squad; Emma Labourne, Lewis May, Max Bushell are in the Youth Squad and Jordan Howram and Rob Griffiths have moved onto RS:X boards.

“We always welcome new recruits,” continued Angelique Lansley. “Windsurf training will start up on Wednesday evenings in May, 5.30 - 7.30 pm.  Cost is £5 which includes equipment. For anyone interested please click on the OB sign at www.nlhsc.org.uk or call 07715 420304.”

Team15, which is now in its 12th year, is an RYA initiative set up to make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

 To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

Love Windsurfing?  Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding British windsurfing.  Join today and support the RYA in protecting your rights and freedoms.  Take advantage of free advice and support on a wide range of windsurfing topics; enjoy free third party insurance, as well as a fantastic range of personal member offers.  Find out more by calling 0844 556 9556, email member.services@rya.org.uk or visit www.rya.org.uk


RYA Youth National Championship final results

It was a day of snakes and ladders on Friday 5 April for our local sailors as the RYA Youth National Championships drew to a close:

29er (double handed dinghy) 50 entries
Ben Swyer (Conniston SC) &
William Tarn-Chapman (Derwent Reservoir SC) 21st

Lawrence Logan (Notts County SC) &
Thomas Clayton (Yorkshire Dales SC) 43rd

William Hide (Yorkshire Dales SC) &
Dominic Daniel (Yorkshire Dales SC) 46th

420s (double handed dinghy) 38 entries
Matthew & Ben Lulham-Robinson (Yorkshire Dales, Otley & Yeadon SCs) 17th

Lasers (single handed dinghy) 16 entries
Oliver Groves (Beaver SC) 9th
Hector Simpson (Yorkshire Dales SC) 6th - image attached
Luke Cowling (Yeadon & Yorkshire Dales SC) 15th
Henry Wetherell (Beaver SC) 2nd

Laser Radial (smaller single handed) 110 entries
Simon Weatherspoon (Derwent Reservoir SC) 47th
Kieran Hill (Scaling Dam SC) 13th
Alex Collins (South Shields SC) 54th
Chris White (Beaver SC) 77th
Harry Stainforth (Beaver SC) 80th
Joe Henderson (Sunderland YC) 82nd
Ellie Brown (Beaver SC) 62nd
Jack Hanslope (Beaver SC) 51st
Meg Backhouse (Yorkshire Dales SC) 64th
Laura Carveth-Marshall (Yorkshire Dales SC) 102nd

RSX Windsurfers 19 entries
Joe Bennett (Rotherham) 2nd - images attached
Emma Labourne (North Lincs & Humberside SC) 10th
Lewis May (North Lincs & Humberside SC) 15th
Robert Griffiths (North Lincs & Humberside SC) 17th
Max Bushell (North Lincs & Humberside SC) 8th

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, said: “Today has concluded a really exciting week of sailing at Largs, one of the UK’s great Championship venues. It has been cold, scenic, and challenging and the winners really deserve every praise as they have worked hard and showed a lot of character this week. 2013 was the biggest turn out ever fielded at this event hosted in Scotland, in addition to the numbers the standard continues to rise and the level of preparation, competence and skills of the whole of every fleet is way up on what I saw the last time we were here four years ago.

“I’d like to thank all the team up in Largs, and all the volunteers for delivering a great event in the most challenging of conditions. The sailors have been offered a great platform this week, a springboard to develop their skills and go on to top last year’s medal tally. I am confident that we are going to have another fantastic year and that many of these sailors will be occupying our Olympic Transition and Development programmes in the years to come.”

For the full list of results visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk



CATTERICK GARRISON SAILING CLUB

DINGHIES FOR SALE

3 X PICO, each one complete as a package

Yellow hull, blue training sails (main and jib), spars, running rigging, rudder and centreboard.

Launching trolley and top cover, Bought winter 2002/ 2003, not heavily used.

For sale at £700 each, as seen

 

All of the above are in store in Catterick Garrison. For more details on them or to view please contact John Knopp on 01677470204 or the.knopps@btinternet.com


INSPIRATIONAL HECTOR SIMPSON PRESENTED WITH RYA REGIONAL YOUNG SAILOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

17 year old Hector Simpson from Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club was presented with the prestigious RYA Yorkshire Region Young Sailor of the Year Award 2012 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday (12 January 2013).

Hector was voted RYA Yorkshire Regional Young Sailor of the Year 2012 last autumn for his achievements in youth sailing, both within the region and nationally across the country.

“I am very proud and I feel honoured to have won the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Young Sailor Award,” said Hector. “I owe my success to lots of people who have helped and coached me over the past few years. I’m training with the RYA Volvo Laser Standard National Youth Squad over the winter and my competition schedule for 2013 depends on how well this training goes but I’m hoping to be part of the GBR squad for some international competitions next summer.”

Hector was amongst thirteen RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners who are nominated by RYA affiliated sailing clubs. These young sailors have made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.

The awards were presented by Bob Fisher, Chairman of the Yachting Journalists Association (YJA).

Hector and his family were treated to an action packed VIP day at the show, thanks to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance.

INSPIRATIONAL CHRISTINA COATES PRESENTED WITH RYA REGIONAL YOUNG SAILOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Christina Coates from Beverley was presented with the prestigious RYA North East Region Young Sailor of the Year Award 2012 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday (12 January 2013).

Christina was voted RYA North East Regional Young Sailor of the Year 2012 last autumn for her windsurfing achievements. Christina is a regular competitor in the RYA Team15 Inter-Club Championship and was part of the North Zone Championship winning Pugneys Pirates team in 2012.

“I’m very proud to have been chosen to represent the region and the club,” said Christina. Combining school and windsurfing is really difficult but with the help of my parents I have managed so far! I am beginning science Alevels next year and I also hope to become a full windsurfing instructor. I am booked in for my powerboat level 2 course five days after my 16th birthday next March.”

Christina was amongst thirteen RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners who are nominated by RYA affiliated sailing clubs. These young sailors have made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.

The awards were presented by Bob Fisher, Chairman of the Yachting Journalists Association (YJA).

Christina and her family were treated to an action packed VIP day at the show, thanks to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance.

RYA YORKSHIRE & HUMBER YOUNG SAILOR AWARD PRESENTATION

RYA Yorkshire and Humber Young Sailor of the Year, 17 year old Hector Simpson from Ilkley, West Yorkshire, will travel down to London on Saturday 12th January to collect his award.

Hector was chosen as RYA Yorkshire and Humber Young Sailor of the Year 2012 by a panel of judges and will represent the region during the award ceremony at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show.

A talented Laser sailor, Hector attends Bradford Grammar School and is a keen member of Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club which is situated to the north of Ilkley, on the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

As his career progresses Hector is pulled further away from the Yorkshire Dales and in 2012 his successes took him to the RYA Volvo Youth National Championship at Pwllheli, Wales where he was crowned Laser Standard Youth National Champion, a title that he will defend in Largs, Scotland in April 2013.

“I am very proud and I feel honoured to have won the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Young Sailor Award,” said Hector. “I owe my success to lots of people who have helped and coached me over the past few years. I began sailing about ten years ago and when I was eleven I applied for the RYA Volvo Zone Squad. After that, under the guidance of coaches Martin Boatman and Dave Hivey, I really caught the racing bug.”

“I’m training with the RYA Volvo Laser Standard National Youth Squad over the winter,” said Hector. “My competition schedule for 2013 depends on how well this training goes but I’m hoping to be part of the GBR squad for some international competitions next summer.”

For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/go/youngsailor

RYA NORTH EAST YOUNG SAILOR AWARD PRESENTATION

RYA North East Young Sailor of the Year, 15 year old Christina Coates from Beverley, East Yorkshire, will travel down to London on Saturday 12th January to collect her award.

Christina was chosen as RYA North East Young Sailor of the Year 2012 by a panel of judges and will represent the region during the award ceremony at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show.
 
A talented windsurfer, Christina is a regular competitor in the RYA Team15 Inter-Club Championship and was part of the North Zone Championship winning Pugneys Pirates team in 2012.

For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/go/youngsailor


Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club 2012 Brass Monkey
A fantastic entry of over 120 boats for this years event
images here: results here

2012 has been a busy year for North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club and last week the club volunteers were rewarded for their efforts when the club was presented with the RYA Humber OnBoard Club of the Year Award.

RYA Humber OnBoard Development Officer, Liz Wrigglesworth, called in to the club to present the award.

“This is the first year the award has been presented in the Humber area,” said Liz. “I chose North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club to receive this award in recognition of all their great work in their first year as an OnBoard club.”

“During 2012 the club has run over 400 first experience dinghy sailing and windsurfing sessions and recruited 17 new, regular young sailors. Their regular youth training evenings have proven to be a big hit with local youngsters, as they learn to develop their sailing skills in a boat or on a board.”

“None of this would have been possible without the commitment and enthusiasm of the club’s fantastic team of volunteers. North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club are very worthy winners of this award and they should be proud of all they have achieved during 2012.”

“We are absolutely thrilled with the award and never expected to receive it in our first year as an RYA OnBoard club,” said Club Vice Commodore, Angelique Lansley. “We couldn't have done it without all the hard work from our very dedicated volunteer instructors and helpers.”

“We ran weekly windsurfing and dinghy sailing sessions for youngsters in the North Lincs area which were well attended and our Sportivate Project encouraged even more youngsters to give sailing a try. Our sail week in the summer was a tremendous success and having good coverage of the sailing events during the Olympics definitely inspired some to have a go!”

“There are so many volunteers who helped out this year, it is hard to mention them all,” continued Angelique. “But I would like to thank in particular Eric Robinson and Mike Stamp, who were a tremendous help in getting the dinghy sailing off the ground.  Also Jess O'Mara, who is one of the Vago Challenge youngsters, she joined the club after a local school project a few years ago.  She is 17 now and last year qualified as a dinghy and windsurf instructor, which meant she helped out twice as much as everybody else!”  

“Next year is all about looking at what we learned this year, making some improvements, where we feel we can, and making sailing and windsurfing accessible to even more youngsters.”

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk

 

LASER INSPIRED PRESENTATION FOR YOUNG SAILORS
The young sailors of Ripon Sailing Club can’t wait to try out their new dinghy.

Last week the youngsters were presented with a new boat thanks to the generosity of Harrogate businessman, Paul Welch. Not just any boat, but a sleek and speedy Laser which had actually taken part in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Inspired by what he witnessed at the London 2012 Olympic Games, businessman, Paul Welch decided to “inspire the next generation” and set out to achieve his aim by making this fabulous donation to Ripon Sailing Club.

A keen sailor in the past, Paul and his business partner Duncan Tweedy decided that they wanted to encourage young sailors to develop their skills and help them aspire to sporting glory. They decided that they would like to present an Olympic class dinghy to a sailing club near their office in Harrogate and, after contacting Laser UK to organise the purchase of a boat, they were delighted to find that they would be able to purchase one of the boats which had actually taken part in the 2012 games.

“My first love was and always will be sailing,” explained Paul Welch after the presentation. “The joy of making something go fast without an engine is an amazing experience. Finding ourselves in a position to purchase an original Olympic Laser was inspirational in itself and having a local sailing club with a keen youth sailing group was a perfect match.”

On Saturday 13 October Paul presented the boat, now named “Inspired” to the Junior members of Ripon Sailing Club.

“On behalf of Ripon Sailing Club, and especially the junior section, I would like to thank Paul and Duncan for their generous gift,” said Ripon Sailing Club Commodore, Jennie Clark. “We have a wonderful junior and youth sailing scene at the club and this boat will enable us to develop the skills of our young sailors. We are extremely grateful to Paul and Duncan, and their company ‘Insyte’ for their support for our junior and youth sailing programme and look forward to seeing “Inspired” out on the water, inspiring the next generation of sailors”.   


RYA YORKSHIRE & HUMBER YOUNG SAILOR OF THE YEAR: LOOK OUT FOR A WINNING SAILOR

Do you know a young sailor or powerboater in your area who always goes the extra mile?  It could be someone who has overcome adversity and carried on sailing or someone who can demonstrate an exceptional achievement.  If so then why not nominate them for the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Awards 2012.

The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) has officially begun the search for the 2012 winners by opening nominations now and they will remain open in the Yorkshire and Humber Region until Friday 12th October 2012.

The awards offer clubs and training centres the chance to recognise the outstanding impact young people have made to UK boating, whether it’s on the race course, or at their club, overcoming adversity or through an exceptional achievement. The RYA Yorkshire and Humber Regional Committee will be waiting to receive your nominations before deciding on the RYA YH Young Sailor of the Year winner.

RYA Chief Executive Sarah Treseder said: “The awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of young people in our sport. This year, more than ever, young people around the country have been leading activity at their clubs and showcasing our sport to the nation.

“These awards would not be possible without your nominations so please do put forward your winning sailor, windsurfer, powerboater or jet skier”.

Each RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winner is then automatically put forward for the National YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year Award, with three finalists shortlisted by the Yachting Journalists Association (YJA) from all of the nominees.

The RYA Yorkshire and Humber winner (or winners if it is a crew or team) and their families will be treated to a VIP day at the 2013 London Boat Show, where the national YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year winner will be announced. Previous winners of the National Young Sailor award include Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.

RYA Yorkshire and Humber Regional Young Sailor Award winners the past few years:
2009   Emma Labourne (North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club)
2010   Connor Bainbridge (Halifax Sailing Club)
2011   Matt and Ben Lulham Robinson (Yeadon Sailing Club)

The award is open to young sailors and powerboaters who will not have attained their 19th birthday before 31st December 2012.

To find out more information and to nominate your winning sailor visit http://www.rya.org.uk/go/youngsailor


Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship 2012 - West Riding Sailing Club on Wintersett Reservoir Saturday 21st July

A record number of young powerboating enthusiasts from across the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region packed into West Riding Sailing Club on Saturday 21st July and the sound of Honda engines roared across Wintersett Reservoir, just south of Wakefield.

“This is the second year we have held the event at West Riding Sailing Club,” said RYA Yorkshire Honda RIB Co-ordinator, Tom Busfield, after the event. “This is the best level of junior powerboat driving I have seen in a long time.”

“With a huge span of entries from Scaling Dam in the north, Bridlington in the east and Wakefield in the west, the RYA Yorkshire & Humber event is the biggest in the UK so far.”

Competitors in the event are split into age groups, 8 to 12 yrs and 13 to 16 yrs and a qualified RYA Powerboat Instructor rides in each boat. Roger Perry was responsible for the 13 to 16 year olds: “Well done to all the competitors. I was very impressed.” Sentiments echoed by Chris Lightley riding with the 8 to 12 year old’s; “They were superb competitors, very confident and very accurate.”

The Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which 8-16 year old RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) drivers can demonstrate their boat handling skills in a race against the clock in the hope of winning a 4.8m Ribcraft or Honwave T40 for their club. Winners of the Yorkshire and Humberside final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship go on to compete in the National Final at the Southampton Boat Show against winners of other areas around the UK.

Winner of the 8 to 12 year old class was 10 year old Immy Hayhurst, from the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club at Bridlington. Immy, who goes to St Mary’s RC School, Bridlington, is not known as “The Speed Demon” for nothing: “I am really, really excited to have won,” said Immy. “This is my first time in the competition and only my third time in a speedboat, but I think I’d like to win one in Southampton!”

The Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club also did well in the 13 to 16 year old class, with a clean sweep in the top four places led by winner, 15 year old Danny Wilson. Danny attends Bridlington School Sports College and has been boating for about four years. “I help out at the sailing club whenever I can and I’ve entered this competition before but never won. The weather was great on Saturday and we all had a great day.”

Results of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship Yorkshire & Humber Regional final
(to fifth place)

8 to 12 class

  1. Immy Hayhurst         Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club (RYYC)       2mins 6secs

  2. Katie Clarkson          Scaling Dam Sailing Club (SDSC)          2mins 19secs

  3. Matthew Brining       SDSC                                                  2mins 21secs

  4. Sophie Benn                        Otley Sailing Club                     2mins 42secs

  5. Emma Cable             West Riding Sailing Club                      3mins 16secs

 

13 to 16 class

  1. Danny Wilson          RYYC                                                1min 26secs

  2. Harry Pickering        RYYC                                                1min 28secs

  3. Sam Hayhurst          RYYC                                                1min 40secs

  4. Tom Hayhurst          RYYC                                                1min 51secs

  5. James Nye             Sea Cadets                                          1min 56secs

David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager for event sponsor Honda said:
“Honda strives to be "a company that society wants to exist", and so as a major manufacturer of engines and inflatables we are delighted to be sponsoring the 11th year of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship. Inspiring and encouraging young people to discover and pursue a passion for boating, is as important as giving them the skills to do so in a safe and responsible way. We are proud together with the RYA to be doing both through this unique competition”.

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Ribcraft.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib

NEW RYA ONBOARD CENTRE FOR THE HUMBER

RYA OnBoard Development Officer, Liz Wrigglesworth, visited the north bank of the Humber on 28th June when she called in to Welton Waters Adventure Centre to present the RYA OnBoard plaque to Centre Principal Pete Blaney.

Having attained RYA OnBoard status, the newly opened Welton Waters Adventure Centre now joins an elite band of sailing centres around the country, working with schools and the community to bring sailing and windsurfing to youngsters in the local area.

“I am very pleased to welcome Welton Waters Adventure Centre as the fourth partner to the OnBoard scheme in the Humber area, said Liz Wrigglesworth as she presented the award plaque. “The centre has some fantastic resources, volunteers and instructors and it is great to now have a centre of this size offering sail training to young people in the area.”

“I'm sure we will see many more youngsters introduced to sailing as a result. This plaque recognises the hard work that the staff and volunteers have already put in to set up the centre.”

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk


FABULOUS END TO YOUTH SAILING SERIES

Young sailors from around the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region gathered at Ripon Sailing Club on Saturday 30 June to take part in the final round of the Yorkshire and Humber Youth Sailing Association (YHYSA) Travellers Series.

The Ripon event forms part of the RYA Sail for Gold programme, to support our British Sailing Team and to celebrate and inspire our young sailors, and there is a lot to celebrate in the Yorkshire and Humber Youth Sailing Association.

The 2012 Youth Travellers Series has visited sailing clubs all around the region, from Huddersfield back in April to Ripon last weekend and in total, 39 young sailors, all aged 18yrs and under, have completed 30 gruelling races.

Going into the final races at Ripon, places at the top of the leader board could not have been tighter, with only a couple of points deciding the top three places.

At the end of the day, Max Nicholson from Ulley Sailing Club, near Rotherham, scored two wins out of three at Ripon to retain his overall lead at the top of the Travellers Series table, three points clear of second and third placed Chris White and Oliver Groves from Beaver Sailing Club, near Goole, who tied for points at the end of the series.

“It was a great event and an exciting way to finish the series,” said Ripon Sailing Club Vice Commodore Andy Clark. “We had some interesting weather ranging from 40 knots of wind to flat calm.”

“This is my final year in the Youth Travellers Series,” said 18 yr old Max Nicholson after he collected his trophy. “I’ll be sad to go and I wish everyone the best of luck for next year.

Max, who has completed his A level studies at Wickersley School and Sports College in Rotherham, is now off to Southampton to study Naval Architecture.

“I’ll keep on sailing my Laser,” said Max. “I’ll see everyone down at the National Youth Regatta in Weymouth later this month.”

The YHYSA Autumn Series begins on 08September at Beaver Sailing Club.
For more information and to find out what events are happening near you visit www.rya.org.uk/saiforgold

For the full series results and to learn more about the association visit the
YHYSA Website

YOUNG SAILORS SPLASH OUT AT WAKEFIELD
Teams of young sailors from schools around Wakefield gathered at Pugneys Country Park on Wednesday 26th June to take part in the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Inter-Schools Regatta.

The youngsters, ranging in age from 11 years to 15 years, all learned to sail this year as part of the RYA OnBoard programme and the schools represented were Crofton Academy and Outwood Grange Academy from Wakefield and William Henry Smith School from Brighouse.

The young sailors competed in a variety of events throughout the regatta and all the scores were added together to give the overall winning team. The scores were very close but the eventual winners were William Henry Smith School from Brighouse. Teacher Jenni Adamski has been bringing students from the school to learn to sail at Pugneys Watersports Centre for several years but this is the first time they have taken part in an RYA OnBoard event.

“The youngsters were fabulous,” said Jenni Adamski after the event. “I’m so proud of them. The teamwork between the youngsters shone out and the competitive interaction with the other teams was great to see.”

“We’ve been coming sailing at Pugneys for 9 years now and I’ve watched the youngsters develop. It gives young people such a sense of achievement to be able to sail single-handed around the lake and as an area, we are very lucky to have Pugneys Watersports Centre so close at hand. It makes sailing very affordable and without the backing of Pugneys and the William Henry Smith School most of our youngsters would never have been sailing.”

Crofton Academy took a clean sweep in the individual sailing races, gaining 1st 2nd & 3rd place:
1st - Katherine Harrison
2nd - Brodie Cocker
3rd - McKenzie Beardsley
All of the above started sailing this year and have completed a six week training course at the centre.

Outwood Grange Academy were the only team with windsurfers so individual prizes were awarded to:
1st in the racing - Mathew English
Best freestyle moves – Thomas Sambrook
Best dancing – Olivia Pine

Mathew English and Thomas Sambrook started windsurfing with their school three years ago and now regularly attend the Pugneys Pirates Team15 club training and competitions. Olivia started windsurfing this year.

“The 2012 Pugneys Inter School Regatta was a fantastic success,” said Liz Wrigglesworth, RYA OnBoard Development Officer.

“It was a great way for our young sailors to help celebrate the forthcoming Games. The Olympic themed events were a big hit with the competitors and spectators alike and everyone had a really enjoyable evening.”

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk

 

DIAMOND SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR OTLEY SAILING CLUB
The “Sailfree” programme at Otley Sailing Club, near Leeds in Yorkshire has been given the royal seal of approval by receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service originated in 2002 to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Otley Sailing Club joins over 100 other organisations receiving this prestigious award in 2012.

Otley Sailing Club’s “Sailfree” programme was selected because of the outstanding contribution made to the local community by the volunteers involved. Sailfree at Otley was started over two decades ago by a member of the club, Norman Stephens, who remains involved.

The club, which is an RYA Sailability Centre of Excellence, regularly works with a variety of groups from the local area, including John Smeaton Community College and John Jamieson School, Leeds; Bradford College; Henshaws College, Harrogate and Hollybank, Mirfield. The “Sailfree” programme enables young people and adults with physical and learning difficulties to sail and complete skills and badge qualifications.

Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, said, “Volunteers make a huge difference across our society and should be recognised for their selfless dedication. They are an inspiration to others to get involved and make their own positive impact.”

Former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE, Chair of the Voluntary Service Award Committee, said, “In this Diamond Jubilee Year the judges have been hugely impressed by the many imaginative ways that volunteers are coming together to help build and sustain the fabric of our society. They are proof that in these difficult times the community spirit is alive and well right across the UK.”

“Sailfree” at Otley is run purely by grants and donations from various sources and once again raising the money is carried out by the volunteers. The fact that Sailfree has been running for over twenty years is due to the hard work of all the volunteers and the generosity of the sponsors.

More information about the Otley Sailing Club and the “Sailfree” programme can be found at www.otley-sailingclub.co.uk or by contacting the Club Rear Commodore, Peter Fox on 07801 979945 or by emailing pfox119@btinternet.com


SAILOR COMES HOME TO TAKE THE HELM

27 year old Adam McGovern from Rochdale has been appointed RYA Regional Development Officer for the North East and Yorkshire & Humber Regions.

Adam, who has been sailing since he was six years old, recently moved back down to England from RYA Scotland where he was very successful as their Pathways Development Officer. His new role will be as a driving force within the North of England, encouraging more participants into sailing and expanding the knowledge and qualifications of the Region’s instructors.

“I am really excited to be living and working in the north of England again,” said Adam. “I grew up racing Mirror dinghies and Lasers across this area and it still remains my favourite place to go sailing. You can’t beat the friendly atmosphere at the clubs.”

Alongside OnBoard Development Officers, Liz Wrigglesworth and Helen Bainbridge, who work to introduce youngsters to sailing and windsurfing, Adam hopes to be able to encourage more people to enjoy the sailing opportunities available in the region.

“The region has so much to offer non sailors. Loads of clubs are holding ‘Sail for Gold’ open days in 2012 and the majority of clubs have regular training sessions which offer beginners the opportunity to learn to sail or windsurf in a safe and fun environment. All the clubs provide a really friendly welcome to new members and try and include their members in everything they do on and off the water.”

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“Sailing is great value sport, when you consider many club memberships include access to club boats, boards, training, racing and social activities that you can enjoy week after week. The sport is great for everyone as it is a good way of staying fit while getting out in the open air and enjoying whizzing about on a lake or at the coast. It is a great sport that the whole family can enjoy together.”

“As part of our Olympic preparations, we are encouraging everyone to get out on the water on the 21st July as part of the RYA ‘Push the Boat Out’ day, which will see thousands of sailors take to the water on the same day!”

Sail for Gold is a nationwide initiative from the RYA to bring the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as close to home as possible for everyone, regardless of where people live.

For more information about how you can get involved in sailing near you visit www.rya.org.uk

 

GBR completes its sailing line-up for 2012 Games

The British sailing line-up for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been completed today (Wednesday 9 May) with the announcement of sailor selections in the Laser Radial, 49er and 2.4mR events.

The British Olympic Association has confirmed the RYA’s nominations of Alison Young, who will make her Olympic debut in the Laser Radial event, and Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes who gain their second Olympic Games call-up in the 49er class, while Helena Lucas joins the ParalympicsGB ranks in the one-person 2.4mR event.
These four sailors complete the full complement of 16 sailors to compete across ten events on the Olympic sailing programme (29 July-11 August), and six sailors across three events at the Paralympic sailing competition (1-6 September), which will be held in Weymouth and Portland, where the final British selections were unveiled today.

Team GB sailors for 2012:
Ben Ainslie – Finn
Paul Goodison – Laser
Alison Young – Laser Radial
Bryony Shaw – RS:X Women
Nick Dempsey – RS:X Men
Hannah Mills & Saskia Clark – 470 Women
Luke Patience & Stuart Bithell – 470 Men
Stevie Morrison & Ben Rhodes – 49er
Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson – Star
Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush & Kate Macgregor – Women’s Match Racing

ParalympicsGB sailors for 2012:
Helena Lucas – 2.4mR
Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell – SKUD
John Robertson, Hannah Stodel & Steve Thomas – Sonar
http://www.rya.org.uk/skandiateamgbr/meettheteam/Pages/2012Team.aspx
Click here for biographies for the selected sailors

Stephen Park, RYA Olympic Manager and Sailing Team Leader for the 2012 Games said:
“We’ve now got 13 teams in the 13 events – Olympic and Paralympic – and as we go into the Games, I can honestly say hand on heart that we’ve got people who’ve got potential to medal in every single event – we’ve never had that before.  That doesn’t mean to say that we’ll medal in every event – far from it – but in terms of preparing a good team the sailors have done an incredible job to date.  Having teams selected at this stage provides us with an opportunity for them to pull together to bond as a group and really allow that to add an extra dimension to their preparation in the last weeks up until the Games.”
Team GB Chef de Mission Andy Hunt said:
“As the most successful sailing nation in Olympic history it is very exciting to have now selected a full squad of 16 sailors to compete for Team GB across all 10 medal events at the London 2012 Olympics. We welcome Stevie, Ben and Alison to One Team GB and look forward to supporting them to produce their very best performance when it counts most this summer at the fantastic Weymouth and Portland sailing venue.”

Craig Hunter, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said:
“Today’s selection of Helena Lucas completes a very exciting line-up for the ParalympicsGB sailing team.  I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate not just Helena, who has fought hard for her place in ParalympicsGB and who’s determination has paid off today, but also all the sailors who have continued to achieve excellent international results since their selection.”

“Last year, the sailors were the first of any British athletes to achieve the honour of being selected to the Olympic or Paralympic teams for London 2012. It is now just over 100 days to go, and I would really encourage the British public to support our sailors when they take to water at Weymouth and Portland at the Paralympic Games.”

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Your Chance to meet members of the Olympic Sailing Team

An invitation to an evening with Paul Goodison (Current Olympic Champion) at Harratts Volvo in Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday 15th May.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from our local sailing hero and team Volvo for Life sailor “Goodie”, about how he got into sailing, what drives him, and what it takes to become an Olympic Champion. Paul will also be giving an insight into his preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games where he aims to defend his Olympic crown!

Please distribute this invite to your club members.

Important: Please RSVP to Cheryl Maw by phone or e-mail before the 1st May, so Harratts Volvo can plan for food and drink. Cheryl’s contact details are on the invite. There are limited places available, places are free, and it is first come first served!!

 

An invitation for an evening with Annie Lush – One of the Match race girls, who will be competing at London 2012 Olympic Games down in Weymouth this Summer.

Find out all the inside information, and how the girls are preparing for this Summer Olympic Games.

Please distribute throughout your club, and to anybody else that you think may be interested in attending.

For those that are interested in attending, please RSVP to Steven Morris, so they can prepare accordingly.


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Inspirational young sailors presented with RYA yorkshire and humber regional award

Mat and Ben Lulham-Robinson from Yeadon Sailing Club were presented with the prestigious RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region Young Sailors of the Year Award 2011 at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday 7th January.

The award recognises the outstanding achievements of youth sailors across the country and Matt and Ben were joined by fourteen fellow RYA Regional Young Sailors of the Year who received their awards at the Boat Show. The young sailors are nominated and voted for by RYA affiliated sailing clubs and have each made a significant impact on youth sailing; ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.

Matt (14yrs) and Ben (13yrs), from Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley, were voted RYA Yorkshire and Humber Regional Young Sailors of the Year 2011 last autumn for their fantastic achievements in the Mirror Dinghy class. Junior European Champions in 2010 and Junior World Champions in 2011, plus they made their own sails on their bedroom floor!

“We are so proud to receive this RYA trophy particularly as it is such a well recognised and respected award,” said Ben after the awards ceremony. “We have really enjoyed the Boat Show because there was so much happening! I was the first of the Young Regional Sailor of the Year group to “climb the mast and ring the bell” on the Classic Boat stand. Dad climbed it as well, but wasn't quite as fast as me!”

“We’re excited about being selected for the RYA 420 Transition Training Squad and we’re looking forward to our first two training weekends at Grafham Water on 14/ 15th & 21/22nd Jan. We are especially pleased as we are the youngest crew to be selected for this squad”.

“Winning this award has made us even more determined to continue to work hard to achieve some great results in our new boat in 2012,” said Matt. “It is a big step up from the Junior (under 16) Mirror Class to the Youth (under 19) 420 boat, but we are looking forward to the challenge. We have been training and competing over the Christmas and New Year holiday and the latest suit of sails, which we helped to make, are even faster than our previous ones.”

“Ian Percy was standing with our group as we waited to receive our trophies, so I can genuinely say that I have been rubbing shoulders with an Olympic Sailor!”

Matt, Ben and their family were treated to an action packed VIP day at the show, thanks to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance.


ILKLEY LADS ARE RYA YORKSHIRE YOUNG SAILORS OF THE YEAR 2011
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Keen sailors, Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson, from Burley-in-Wharfedale near Ilkley, have had a great year in 2011 and now it has become even better. 14 year old Matt and 13 year old Ben have jointly won the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Yorkshire Region Young Sailor of the Year Award 2011.

On Saturday 7th January, at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show, Matt and Ben will join 13 other RYA Regional Award winners from all over the UK for a VIP day out at the show, including the eagerly anticipated awards ceremony at which they will receive their trophy.

“Matt and Ben have had a phenomenal eighteen months,” said Neil McInnes, Sailing Coach at Yeadon Sailing Club. “As well as winning the Junior European Championship in their Mirror dinghy in late 2010, Matt and Ben won their first Junior World Championship title in their Mirror earlier this year. A fantastic result as they were only 12 and 13 years old at the time and, with the help of mum and dad, they made their own sails on their bedroom floor!!”
“We are immensely proud of Matt and Ben,” said the boys’ dad, Peter Robinson. “Not just with their sailing achievements, but with their overall attitude, drive and determination. It’s fantastic when others outside the family recognise and reward the boys’ exceptional qualities and skills through an award such as the RYA Yorkshire Young Sailor title.”

2012 will be another year in the perpetual struggle to juggle sailing and schoolwork for Matt and Ben. The boys have moved on from their Mirror dinghy into another class of boat, the 420 Class. Bigger and more technically demanding, the boys have already shown such promise that they have been selected for the RYA 420 Transition Training Squad, a stepping stone to RYA Youth Squad status.

“We have continued on from our success with our Mirror sails,” explained Matt and Ben, “and with the help of Mum and Dad our bedroom floor has already provided the space to produce two 420 Mainsails, three jibs and 2 spinnakers!!”

“Our school, Ilkley Grammar School, is very supportive,” said Ben. “We have a mentor as well our class Tutor who helps us if we need extensions for homework assignments. You have to be committed to both your sport and your school work and accept as much help from professionals as possible if you want to achieve in both.”

“It would also be impossible to do it without the help we get from sponsors and coaches,” said Matt. “We need to thank everyone for their support, but especially mum and dad, who not only act as chauffeurs, fundraisers, life style coaches etc, but also help us make our sails in our bedroom.”

The RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year awards recognise the outstanding impact young people have made to UK boating, whether it’s on the race course, at their club, overcoming adversity or through an exceptional achievement.

RYA Chief Executive Sarah Treseder says: “Winning an RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Award is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted to recognise the talent of these people and the dedication they show for our sport. Awards such as this highlight the fact that so many young sailors are out there on the water enjoying themselves and achieving brilliant things.”


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Local Sailors Receive prestigious AwardS from HRH Princess Royal

Two of Yorkshire’s hardest working sailors were presented with awards last week by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association.

In total, forty eight volunteers from across the UK were recognised for their outstanding dedication and achievements in boating. The awards were presented to volunteers from as far afield as Southampton and Scotland in a prestigious awards ceremony held at One Great George Street, London, as part of the RYA’s AGM.

RYA Yorkshire and Humber Committee member and regional webmaster, Ian Smith, was presented with a “Lifetime Commitment” award for his services to Ripon Sailing Club. Ian, who has been an active and valued member of Ripon Sailing Club’s committee for over 35 years, is currently enjoying his second stint as Sailing Secretary for the club and is a key member of a working group set up to integrate training, coaching and racing activities within the club.

“I am delighted to have received this award,” said Ian after the ceremony. “Having held many roles during my years with the club, I can honestly say that it has been a pleasure to work with so many like minded people. Colleagues who have not only maintained the spirit of the club’s founders, but who have also worked hard to keep the club moving forward, maintaining its envied position as a thriving family sailing club. The 2011 season has been very successful and we have seen a phenomenal increase in the number of our junior sailors taking on the adults in all our club races.”

Also rewarded for his hard work and dedication was Mark Burkitt from Ulley Sailing Club.

Mark, who received an “Outstanding Contribution” award, was Commodore of Ulley Sailing Club from 2009 to 2011, a turbulent time in the club’s history. In summer 2007, when Mark was Vice Commodore, devastating floods threatened to breach the dam of the reservoir and for four years the club members were unable to sail on their home waters. The club was faced with a great deal of uncertainty and disruption during that time and following his election as Commodore in 2008, Mark worked hard to keep the club together:

“Every member of Ulley Sailing Club has given me a great deal of support through recent years,” said Mark, “this award is as much theirs as it is mine.”

“The Club has gone through some turbulent times following the floods in June 2007, but the persistence of the committee and the loyalty of its members have brought us through to the other side, with this year showing record membership, doubling the size of our club.”

“Sailing is truly in my blood now and I get a lot of pleasure showing new sailors how to sail and helping them to develop their new found skills. I just want everyone to enjoy the sport and can't wait to get out on the water again.”

“My family, and especially my wife Linda, are roped in with all my escapades at Ulley Sailing Club. They have supported me at every corner and it was especially gratifying at the award ceremony when HRH the Princess Royal mentioned the support families give to the award winners, as it is particularly true in my case.”

After the ceremony in London, Harold Ingleson, Chairman of the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region, applauded the Yorkshire award winners, and commented:

“All local clubs run with a number of volunteers and it is good to see our regional sailing clubs recognising the work done by their unsung heroes. Our sport depends on an army of volunteers and it is important to note that David Cameron’s “Big Society” has been active in the sailing world for years!”

This sentiment was echoed by Sarah Treseder, the RYA Chief Executive:

“The RYA is delighted to present these awards to Ian and Mark, in recognition of their enthusiasm, promotion of our sport and many years’ contribution to our UK sailing scene. All 48 RYA winners are an inspiration to us all and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate their sheer hard work and commitment through these awards.”


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RYA YORKSHIRE ONBOARD FESTIVAL
Last weekend, young sailors from clubs across Yorkshire came together at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield to take part in the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Festival.

The young sailors ranged in age from 7 to 15 years and all had learned to sail in the past year at one of the RYA OnBoard Clubs across the Yorkshire Region. With the backing of the RYA, these OnBoard clubs work with youth groups and schools in their local area to bring sailing opportunities to youngsters who might otherwise not have the chance to take up the sport.

The clubs at the festival included, Pugneys Country Park, Doe Park Water Activity Centre, Otley Sailing Club, West Riding Sailing Club, Beaver Sailing Club and Pennine Sailing Club.

“Everyone had a really fun day,” said Liz Wrigglesworth, RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Development Officer. “It was fantastic to see all the OnBoard clubs coming together to support the event.”

“There was a lot of team spirit, with each team working well together to complete the challenges. The games were great fun and they gave the youngsters confidence out on the water. The winds were very light in the morning so quite a lot of paddling went on rather than sailing but we got the sails up in the afternoon and did some racing!”

“We had a lot of help on the day and I’d like to say a massive thank you to Harken for supplying the goodie bags, Sam from LaserPerformance for bringing the Bug dinghies and to all the other volunteers that helped out on the day. They all really helped to make it a successful day.”

 

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Festival winners:
Topper fleet - James Stewart age 13 from Pennine Sailing Club Bug fleet - Cosmo Brown age 11 from Otley Sailing Club
Winning team - Pennine Sailing Club, based at Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge
Special achievement awards were given to Emily Back and Daisy Marshall, both aged 9, from Beaver Sailing Club for their perserverence throughout the day. Despite struggling with the paddling at the start they were determined to carry on and finished every task with a smile on their faces!
Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk



Activate Your Club Workshops
Activate your club’ , with the aim of us helping you to plan your club calendar for 2012, hoping to make your programmes as exciting as possible to encourage as many of your current member to go afloat, more often.

There will also be huge opportunities in 2012 to take advantage in terms of publicity and increased awareness in our sport, so let’s get prepared to welcome new people to sailing and windsurfing in the North East and Yorkshire.

We are inviting anyone involved in training, race organisation, fleet management, social programmes, marketing and general club planning to come along – the more people from your club that attend the more beneficial these workshops are for you.

There are 7 workshops arranged across the North East and Yorkshire, please see attached a basic booking form that will enable us to gauge interest for each venue, I would be very grateful if you could complete the form and return to me by the 30th of September.

The workshops will aim to:

·         Give you the opportunity to discuss ideas on making club racing more engaging for members

·         Provide you with information and advice for ‘Fleet Captains’ to encourage their sailors to be more active

·         Help you access funding for coaching support and equipment

·         To help you plan your Olympic 2012 events/calendar

·         It’s a great opportunity to meet a discuss ideas, concerns and successes with other clubs near you

 

The workshops will start at 6:30 until 9pm - dates and venues are as follows:

Club Cluster   Venue                                                             Date               

Humber          The Goodwin Centre, Hull                              5th of October

West Yorks     Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield                  6th of October

Yorks Coast    Filey                                                           12th of October           

South Yorks    English Institute of Sport, Sheffield                13th of October           

North NE        Royal Northumberland Yacht Club , Blyth      20th of October           

South NE        Tees & Hartlepool Yacht Club, Hartlepool     9th of November         

North Yorks    Ripon Sailing Club, Knaresborough                10th of November       

Suzie Blair

RYA Regional Development Officer – North East & Yorkshire

Royal Yachting Association

M: 07771 642933 | E: suzie.blair@rya.org.uk

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RYA Disability Awareness Course
Otley Sailing Club
Saturday 15th October 2011

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RECORD YEAR FOR YORKSHIRE’S JUNIOR WINDSURFERS

Junior windsurfers from Northumberland down to Lincolnshire travelled to Wakefield on Sunday 18 September to take part in the final event of this year’s RYA North Zone Team15 Inter Club Championship.

A record 46 competitors took to the water at Pugneys Country Park, completing the North Zone Team15 Championship on a high note.

North Zone teams taking part this year include:
·        Coquet Crushers (Amble, Northumberland)
·        Derwent Devils (Durham)
·        Ellerton Scouts (Richmond, Yorkshire)
·        North Lincs Invaders (Barton on Humber)
·        Pugney's Pirates (Wakefield)
·        Rother Valley Country Park (Sheffield)

There were some excellent performances, including 13 year old Jacob Collett from the Pugneys Pirates who won four races out of six in the 3.5m class; matched only by Joe Thompson, also from Pugneys, who won four races out of six in the 4.5m class. In fact the Pirates revelled on their home waters and won first place in all the classes.

RYA Team15 North Zone Round 4 results (to 4th place):
3.5m
1.    Jacob Collett                                      Pugneys Pirates
2.    Katie Tose                                          Derwent Devils
3.    Joe Carter                                          Pugneys Pirates
4.    Aaron Hobb                                       Coquet Crushers    
4.5m
1.    Joseph Thompson                           Pugneys Pirates
2.    Mark Jefferson                                  Derwent Devils
3.    Gustavo Takiguchi                           Coquet Crushers
4.    Cameron May                                   North Lincs Invaders
5.8m
1.    Kathryn Durham                               Pugneys Pirates
2.    Bailey O’Mara                                    North Lincs Invaders
3.    Josh Carey                                        Pugneys Pirates
4.    Fiona Anderson                                Pugneys Pirates
6.8m
1.    Matthew Carey                                  Pugneys Pirates
2.    Jacob Newton                                   North Lincs Invaders
3.    Oliver Anderson                                Pugneys Pirates
4.    Jack Bramley                         North Lincs Invaders

The North Zone team competition was tighter in 2011 than in previous years. With last year’s winners, the North Lincs Invaders, having a tough time and sailing a young team, the Pugneys Pirates were able to inch ahead and make the most of their home advantage in the final event, winning the event and the overall team title.

The 2011 RYA North Zone Team15 Champions are the Pugneys Pirates from Wakefield and they will go on to compete against all the other Team15 Zone winners for the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup on the 08-09 October 2011.

“Well done to all the youngsters who took part,” said Roy Peacock, Pugneys Pirates Team15 Coach. “Winning the North Zone Championship is the culmination of six years hard work and I’d like to thank the coaching staff at Pugneys, past and present, for their time and effort and of course the parents and kids for their dedication.”

“We have a great team atmosphere and some of our team members travel miles to get here from other parts of Yorkshire. We have seen a great upsurge of interest recently and we’re hoping that continues for 2012. Winning the Zone Championship itself was a great achievement, but we’ll go on to do Yorkshire proud in the Champions Cup in October.”

2011 is the tenth anniversary of the RYA Team15 initiative which was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

 


Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde, fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.
To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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YORKSHIRE’S TOP YOUNG POWERBOATERS GEAR UP FOR UK FINAL

Two young Yorkshire powerboating aces will take on the UK’s best young RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) driving talent when they compete at the National Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, to be held at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday 18 September 2011.

At a summer of regional finals across the UK, the competition has seen some very close finishes and this year’s national final is gearing up to be a real nail-biter!  Youngsters will compete in two age categories; 8-12 years, and 13-16 years.

12 year old Ellie Benn from Otley and 16 year old Will Bell from Bridlington will compete in their respective age groups after becoming RYA Yorkshire Regional Champions at the Regional final in July 2011. Ellie, who is representing Otley Sailing Club, and Will, who represents the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, have been training hard for the national finals.

The national final will see 32 regional champions from across the UK race against the clock and put their RIB driving skill, control and speed to the test around the championship course to secure the prestigious title – 2011 Honda RYA Youth RIB National Champion. The course will involve tricky timed manoeuvres, including a high speed slalom, a man overboard drill, and a blast to the finish line, to test every aspect of the youngsters’ powerboat driving skills. 

Now in its 10th year, finalists will be battling it out on the water in the hope of winning a fantastic prize.  In the 8-12 age group the championship winner will receive a Honwave T40 RIB with a Honda BF20 engine for their club, whilst in the 13-16 age group the winner will receive, again for their club, a 5m Ribcraft RIB with a Honda BF60 engine.

Andrew Norton, RYA Motor Cruising Projects Manager and Event Director said: “We are expecting fierce competition and some very exciting races in the national final.
This year’s competition has seen exceptional talent take to the water, and we have seen even more competitors taking part in the challenge.

“The youngsters who participate are the future of sailing clubs and the Honda RYA Youth RIB championship is a fantastic way for them to gain invaluable boat handling and safety skills which are an asset to any club. The kids who win the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship aren’t the ones who can drive fastest in a straight line it’s those who can smoothly and skilfully manoeuvre a powerboat. That’s the whole purpose of the event.”

The 2011 champion will be named at the winner’s presentation held on the Honda stand (CO62) at 17.00.

The championship allows youngsters to demonstrate their skills as expert boat handlers and improve their skills in a safe, controlled environment.  To ensure safety at all times each child is accompanied in the RIB by a competent adult/instructor.

The Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which 8-16 year old RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) drivers can demonstrate their boat handling skills in a race against the clock in the hope of winning a 5m Ribcraft or Honwave T40 for their club.

David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager for event sponsor Honda said:
"We are extremely proud that in 10th year of sponsoring the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, we continue to inspire and encourage more young people than ever before to pursue their passion for boating, and also give them the skills to do so. It allows us to underline our commitment to safety and best practice, something which we take extremely seriously as a major manufacturer of engines and inflatables."

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda and Ribcraft.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit www.rya.org.uk/go/hondayouthrib


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JUNIOR WINDSURFERS FIGHT IT OUT FOR NORTH ZONE TITLE

Junior windsurfing teams from Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and the North East will gather together on Sunday 18th September for the final time in this year’s RYA North Zone Team15 Championship.

North Zone teams taking part this year include:
·         Coquet Crushers (Amble, Northumberland)
·         Derwent Devils (Durham)
·         Ellerton Scouts (Richmond, Yorkshire)
·         North Lincs Invaders (Barton on Humber)
·         Pugney's Pirates (Wakefield)
·         Rother Valley Country Park (Sheffield)

The 2011 North Zone competition is tighter at the top than in previous years, with Pugneys Pirates from Wakefield giving last year’s winners, the North Lincs Invaders, a tough time so there is everything to play for in the final round. Pugneys have the home advantage too, as the final round of this year’s competition is on their home waters at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield.

The eventual winning team at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship and gets to compete against all the other RYA Zone winners for the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup.

2011 is the tenth anniversary of the RYA Team15 initiative which was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde, fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low. To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.


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YHYSA News
Ripon SC are delighted to announce that Mill Garages are to sponsor their forthcoming Yorkshire and Humberside Schools Sailing Association meeting.  Mill, who are the club’s local Volvo dealership, are very proud to be working with the club to promote sailing.  Ripon’s Commodore, Jennie Clark, commented ‘as a Volvo Champion Club we place great importance on our junior sailing and it’s great to have Mark and Chris at Mill’s Knaresborough branch working with us to make a real impact on the junior and youth racing scene’

Mill Garages

END OF SEASON BLASTS 2011

Booking form here.... Programme here....
Dear Instructor and Potential Instructors

Great news - due to the continued success of the END OF SEASON BLASTS, we have once again organised a day of personal skills coaching for all RYA Dinghy and Windsurf Instructors in the North East & Yorkshire, the day is also open to potential instructors.
The BLAST will be on Saturday the 5th of November at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club and will cost just £10 per person for some expert enthusiastic coaching, your lunch and, as always there will be great prizes on offer!

Please book in advance by emailing Ben.Reid or by completing the attached booking form and sending to: Ben Reid, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4YA by Monday the 17th of October.

The day will run from 10am – 4pm. Please bring your own windsurf kit, dinghies will be provided.

We are hopeful that some of the trade reps will also attend bring dinghy and windsurf equipment for you to try out on the day.

I would be very grateful if you could promote this event by forwarding this email to your friends, instructors and any potential instructors. Please email me if you would like to put up a poster at your club/centre and I will email it to you.

Remember, remember the 5th of November – see you there!


 

JUNIOR WINDSURFING COMPETITION HOTS UP IN THE NORTH
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All the teams

RYA Honda Youth RIB Championship 2011
Young powerboating enthusiasts from sailing clubs and Sea Cadets across the RYA Yorkshire and Humber Region collected at West Riding Sailing Club on Saturday 23rd July.
The youngsters, who came from as far away as Bridlington and Barnsley, all gathered at West Riding Sailing Club on Wintersett Reservoir, Wakefield to take part in the Regional Final of the RYA Honda Youth RIB Championship . Read more here...

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RYA YORKSHIRE ONBOARD SAILING REGATTA

Young sailors from schools and youth groups around the Yorkshire Region will be coming together on Monday 4th July when they compete in the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Sailing Regatta.

The young sailors, all aged between 11 to 15 years, will be competing as individuals and for their schools and have all qualified for the Regatta by winning their regional heats.

The Regatta takes place at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield and the schools and youth groups represented will be:
Airedale Academy, Castleford
Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre
Priesthorpe School, Leeds
Doe Park Water Activities Centre, Bradford

“We had some great heats across the region,” said Liz Wrigglesworth, RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Development Officer. “We will have relay races and individual races in the regatta for both windsurfers and sailors and we are expecting some close results.”

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk



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WAKEFIELD SCHOOLS ONBOARD SAILING FESTIVAL

Forty youngsters from the Wakefield area came together last week to do battle at the Wakefield Schools OnBoard Sailing Festival.

The young sailors, all aged between 11 to 15 years, from Airedale Academy, Crofton High School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Outwood Grange Academy, collected at Pugneys Country Park for an afternoon of fun and competition to decide which school should represent Wakefield at the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Festival next month. read more..

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JUNIOR WINDSURFING FLEETS DO BATTLE ON HUMBERSIDE

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Teams of young windsurfers from across the north east of England collected at Barton on Humber last weekend to do battle in round two of the RYA North Zone Team15 Junior Windsurfing Championships 2011.

2010 UK Champions, North Lincs Invaders, welcomed rival teams from Durham, Wakefield and Sheffield to their home waters at North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club. read more...

 

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Welcome to the RYA NEY Speed League
A friendly competition between sailors to record the fastest straight line speed on their GPS – aiming to encourage more adults windsurfing more often!This is soon to be launched on the 29th of July 2011The RYA have reduced the cost of GPS packages by 50% to help clubs and centres in the North East or Yorkshire get involved.For more information if your club/centre and keen to get involved click here or contact: NEYSpeed@live.co.uk before the 8th of July.


News for RTC's As and RTC, your Regional Development Officer (RDO) will appoint an RYA Inspector each year to visit your club/centre when RYA training is taking place. The inspection is intended to be an informative and supportive process. Apart from the obvious requirement; ensuring the teaching, equipment and safety are satisfactory, the Inspector can help you identify ways of improving your courses, depending on his/her specific expertise.

During the visit the Inspector may make recommendations, these will be listed on a report form that the Principal and Inspector will agree a date for implementation. For further information the ‘Guidance Notes for RYA Training Centres in the UK’ can be found on the training section of the main RYA website.

If you have any questions in regards to your RTC Annual Inspection in the North East and Yorkshire, please do not hesitate to contact your RDO: Suzie Blair

There is a friendly, professional team of RYA Inspections in the North East and Yorkshire to see who they are click here…to view the PDF


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JUNIOR WINDSURFERS TRAVEL TO DURHAM FOR ROUND ONE OF TEAM15 INTER-CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
The popular RYA North Team15 Inter-Club Challenge surfs into action for 2011 when the teams collect at Derwent Reservoir on the Northumberland/Durham border for Round One on Sunday 29 May.
2011 is the tenth anniversary of the RYA Team15 initiative which was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level. The project has been a great success with many young Team15 windsurfers subsequently moving on to international success.
The young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, will be sailing for their local team and the team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship and gets to compete against all the other RYA Zone winners for the National Final; the Team15 Champions Cup.
Winners of the national final for the past two years (2009 and 2010) are the heroes from Humberside, the North Lincs Invaders.
North Zone teams taking part this year include:

The windsurfers from Yorkshire and Humberside have a great track record behind them and many of them will be travelling up to Durham with wins already on the 2011 scoreboard.
At the 25th anniversary Eric Twiname Championships at Rutland Water earlier this month, 12 year old Harry Davis from North Lincs Invaders was crowned Champion in the 6.8m class, with team mate, 2010 Bic Techno 4.5 champion Sarah Labourne (also 12yrs old), finishing close behind in second place. Fantastic results already this season, with plenty more to come.
Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde, fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low. To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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Request for updated contact details for your club

Appeal from the Yorkshire & Humberside RYA region chairman Harold Ingleson
We would be grateful if all club secretaries within the region would send their club's contact details to the regional secretary, Peter Crooks.

This is part of a drive to ensure that we have up to date contact details for all clubs in the region so that we can keep you all better informed of important issues that may affect you and your club.


Sailors set for the off at the 2011 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships

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Ones to watch are:

29er class
Catherine and Ellie Hide - Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

Laser class
Peter Clayton - Scaling Dam SC
Jack Wetherall - Beaver SC

Laser Radial class
Helen Armstrong - Derwent Reservoir SC
Laura Carveth Marshall - Tees & Hartlepool YC
Hector Simpson - Yorkshire Dales SC
Kieran Hill - Scaling Dam SC
Aaron White - Scaling Dam SC
Henry Wetherall - Beaver SC

RSX windsurfer class
Joe Bennett - Pugneys SC Wakefield
Connor Bainbridge - Halifax

The nation’s finest young sailors have been greeting the shores of Hayling Bay over the weekend in preparation for the prestigious 2011 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships (11-15 April).

Over 335 of the country’s finest Youth dinghy, catamaran and windsurf racers in 247 boats/windsurfers are now ready to set sail set for the opportunity to be crowned 2011 RYA Volvo Youth National Champion and also for the chance to be selected for RYA Volvo Team GBR the British Sailing team for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship 2011.

The championships are welcoming some of last year’s winners as well as a host of younger sailors, who for some will be their first regatta in the Youth racing programme.

Annabel Vose and Megan Brickwood, current 420 Ladies World champions, are among the young competitors vying for championship glory over the next week of racing at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

Vose, whilst in the boat park prepping her 420 double-handed dinghy, commented: “We are really looking forward to the Championships this year and are hoping for some positive results as well as the chance to develop our skills. Weather permitting, we want to sail as well as we can and are are hoping not to make too many mistakes which in turn will hopefully improve our final race results”.

Brickwood, added: “Todays conditions have been great and we are hoping that the Championships are greeted with a range of winds making for a fair and competitive series. A variety of winds will make the racing a lot more enjoyable and will provide all the competitors with the chance to sail well.”

Vose concluded: “The Championships always have good, strong sailors but this year the 420 fleet looks like it could be very tough. The RYA National Youth squad sailors always provide strong competition but we believe everyone in the 420 fleet has the potential to do well. Towards the end of the week is when things will become challenging but hopefully we have put in enough training and preparation over the winter period to do well.”

As part of the sailors’ whole sailing education programme, a number of guest speakers and experts will be hosting special lecture sessions over the course of the week. Today, RYA Volvo Youth Programme sports psychologist Gemma Douglas presented a session on ‘Delivering Your Potential’.

She said: “Everyone has arrived with a potential this week, the key is that we help them to manage the distractions and focus on the things that will help them to deliver this potential. In competition the goalposts are always moving, the main thing is that they expect the unexpected, respond logically and take every bit of learning from one day to the next.”      

As always the event also doubles up as a selection event for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2011, which this year take place in Zadar, Croatia in July.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, commented: “This year’s Championships are shaping up to be a very competitive, as well enjoyable, week of sail racing. With over 247 entries we are hoping to provide competitors with a regatta which will prepare them for international sail racing, the forthcoming ISAF Youth World Championships as well as offer a good insight for the younger sailors who have only recently moved up from the RYA Junior programme.

“The weather forecast for forthcoming week of racing is varied and will provide the sailors with a mixture of conditions, which will only aid their development and offer the opportunity for the young sailors to really impress.”

In addition, Skandia Team GBR and Team Volvo for Life Laser star Paul Goodison, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist, and Annie Lush, part of Lucy Macgregor’s current Women’s Match Racing World champion team, will be making special appearances to support the young sailors towards the end of the week.

Day one of racing is set to commence at 11.25am tomorrow (Monday) with three races scheduled for all classes, except the Laser Standards who commence their racing programme on Tuesday.

For more information regarding the 2011 RYA Volvo Youth Nationals, or to follow all the live action from the Championships via the official 2011 RYA Volvo Youth Nationals blog, please visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk.


Final day golds for Ainslie and Goodison cap off GBR’s eight medal haul in Palma
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Ben Ainslie and Paul Goodison claimed gold in the Finn and Laser classes on the final day of racing in Palma (Saturday 9 April) to bring the British medal tally to eight at this third leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series.

Ainslie and Goodison’s victories ensured a hat-trick of golds for Skandia Team GBR at this Princess Sofia Trophy, with Olympic and World Champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson having already sealed the regatta title on Friday in the Star class with a day to spare.

Giles Scott captured silver behind Ainslie in the Finn class, with bronze medals going to Nick Thompson in the Laser event, Nick Dempsey in the RS:X windsurfing event and Luke Patience-Stuart Bithell in the 470 men’s fleet to add to Megan Pascoe’s bronze from the 2,4mR Paralympic event on Friday.

After a short delay while the wind conditions built across Palma Bay on Saturday morning, the final ten-boat medal races got underway.  The Finn class was the first to start, with the triple Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie enjoying a fourteen point cushion over compatriot Giles Scott heading into the final race. 

Ainslie sailed a flawless final to lead the rest of the fleet over the finish line and secure regatta victory by twenty points, with a fourth place in the medal race more than enough to ensure a silver for Scott and book a second British step on the Finn podium.

“It’s been a good week, it was a nice way to end off,” said Ainslie after the medal race. “It was one of those races where everything went right and that doesn’t happen too often!

“It was a good race today so I’m happy with that, and I’m happy with the week but there’s a long way to go this season and I’m looking forward to the next event.”

Olympic Champion Paul Goodison emerged on top from the fascinating Laser class showdown which saw him, World Champion Tom Slingsby (AUS) and fellow Brit Nick Thompson all effectively level on points heading into the final day.  The finishing order between the three on the water today would determine the order of the podium spots and Goodison took the initiative early on, rounding the first windward mark in first place.

He kept his medal rivals firmly behind him for the entire race, finishing third with Slingsby and Thompson in fifth and seventh in the ten-boat race.

“It was going to be whoever was going to cross the line first, so the only real option was to go and win the race,” said Goodison of his approach to the race.
“After getting round the top mark leading it was all a bit easier seeing the guys behind me and from then it was just about making sure I didn’t do anything silly and finishing it off.

“It was a little bit frustrating to get an over the line a little bit earlier in the week, which made it a lot harder going into yesterday but I’m pretty happy with how I’m sailing and to see me delivering under pressure. Fingers crossed for the rest of the season!”

Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, already guaranteed gold in the Star keelboat event, finished their regatta with a 37 point margin over the second placed German boat of Robert Stanjek-Frithjof Kleen who won silver on countback over Brazil’s Torben Grael-Marcelo Ferreira.
Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell improved their overnight position from fourth to claim bronze, and so nearly a silver, in the 470 men’s event.  The incredibly tight medal race saw the British pair cross the finish line in third, almost level with the French pair Nicolas Charbonnier and Jeremie Mion with the result going in the French pair’s favour, meaning the Skandia Team GBR pair miss out on the silver medal spot by just one point.

Bithell explained:  “The medal race today was very close – they always are – and it was a particular condition that made it even closer.  It came down to a very, very close finish to the extent where we put a quick protest in at the end.  We thought we might have had the silver medal opportunity but that wasn’t to be.”
Helmsman Patience was over the moon with another podium finish for the pairing after a testing week.

“We’re very pleased to have come away with another medal,” he said.  “That’s our fifth regatta in a row that we’ve come away with a medal so we’re so happy with that, it’s a different place to where we were a year ago. 

“It was a difficult regatta,” he continued.  “It was high scoring as Princess Sofia often is and at the end of the day what matters is the finishing place when you cross the finish line at the end of the last race – we’re happy to say that was in a medal position for us.”

Nick Dempsey secured a fourth bronze for Skandia Team GBR in the RS:X men’s windsurfing event, but was disappointed with his medal race performance.  He finished tenth in the race to slip from his silver medal position overnight, while Penny Clark and Katrina Hughes were unable to improve on their fourth place heading into the 470 women’s final, having to re-cross the startline after a premature start.

Dylan Fletcher-Alain Sign finished as the best British boat in the 49er event, in sixth place overall thanks to their fifth from the medal race, with Paul Brotherton-Mark Asquith ending their regatta in eighth, Stevie Morrison-Ben Rhodes ninth and John Pink-Rick Peacock tenth.

“It’s certainly been a testing regatta but there have been some good performances this week, and some close battles especially in the Finn, 470 and Laser classes,” said RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park.

“It’s disappointing that some of our sailors haven’t reached their potential this week, having achieved less than they were hoping for here, but overall it’s been a good regatta for Skandia Team GBR with eight medals won including three golds, and shows that we’re still on track and where we want to be.”
Skandia Team GBR medal standings from the 2011 Princess Sofia Trophy, Palma:

Gold

Ben Ainslie (Finn)

Iain Percy-Andrew Simpson (Star)

Paul Goodison (Laser)

SilverGiles Scott (Finn)

BronzeNick Thompson (Laser)
Nick Dempsey (RS:X Men)
Luke Patience-Stuart Bithell (470 Men)
Megan Pascoe (2.4mR)

For full regatta results, news and information visit www.skandiateamgbr.com


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SHOW US WHY YOU LOVE SAILING ON VIDEO AND WIN GREAT PRIZES

Calling all sailors, windsurfers and budding film-makers… if you fancy winning a fantastic prize package worth almost £2,000 then the I Love Sailing Facebook competition is for you.

Make the very best video which captures just what it is that you love about the sport in two minutes, get your friends to rate it, and you could be the owner of a Go Pro HD Camera, a MacBook Pro equipped with the latest Final Cut editing software plus £200 of vouchers to spend on an RYA Training Course. Up for the challenge?

You don’t have to be the next George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg or Tim Burton, I Love Sailing is looking for own-made films which are fun, imaginative, and will encourage other people to get out on the water themself.

The competition will run from April until September 2011. Each month the most popular films will be shortlisted for ‘video of the month’ with the winner receiving a Go Pro HD camera and automatic entry to the grand final.

The winning films will be showcased at the PSP Southampton Boat Show where our panel of judges; free wave windsurfer George Shillito, Editor of Yachts and Yachting magazine Gael Pawson and ex England International  rugby player Phil de Glanville, will decide which lucky filmmaker is the overall winner.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Visit www.ilovesailing.co.uk/win

I Love Sailing was brought to you by the RYA. www.rya.org.uk


RYA Yorkshire and Humberside OnBoard

The OnBoard scheme, one of the flagship programmes run by the RYA, is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and RYA training centres.

“We are delighted to be expanding the RYA OnBoard programme,” said Liz Wrigglesworth, RYA Yorkshire and Humberside OnBoard Development Officer. “The scheme has been running throughout Yorkshire for a couple of years now and more sailing centres are joining as OnBoard partners every month. Expanding into Humberside will mean we can offer sailing opportunities to even more local children.”

“Some of the most talented and successful sailors in the UK began their sailing careers in Yorkshire and Humberside,” explained Liz. “The OnBoard scheme is gathering pace across the country. This is great news for youngsters as sailing combines health, exercise and skills development.”

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s well on track.

For more information about how to get involved in OnBoard contact Liz Wrigglesworth by mobile 07789 271810 or email
lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk

Visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk.

Humberside becomes the most recent region of the UK to benefit from the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) OnBoard scheme

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Yorkshire’s young sailors get OnBoard

16th March 2011

The OnBoard scheme, one of the flagship programmes run by the RYA,
is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.
“We are delighted to be joining the RYA OnBoard programme,” said Centre Manager Gill Newman. “We will be able to offer our sailing facilities to even more local children.
“Some of the most talented and successful sailors in the UK began their sailing careers in Yorkshire and Humberside,” explained Liz Wrigglesworth, RYA Yorkshire and Humberside OnBoard Development Officer. “The OnBoard scheme is gathering pace across the region and more sailing centres are joining as OnBoard partners every month. This is great news for youngsters as sailing combines health, exercise and skills development.”

These benefits were high on the minds of youngsters from The Grammar School at Leeds last week when they took part in their third sailing session of the spring term.
Supervised by John Goodyear and Felicity Patterson from the Centre and School, the teenagers had a lot of fun learning to sail on the lake, despite the weather…
“Imagine how good sailing will be when the sun comes out!” said Sara Khan.
“It was brilliant, I loved it. I hope we go out in Toppers again,” said Sarah Emmett.
And, despite being the only member of the team to capsize, Midha Singh was equally enthusiastic, “I really want to do it again even though I was scared at the beginning.”

The RYA OnBoard plaque was presented to the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre after the Grammar School sailing session.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.
For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk

Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre becomes one of the most recent sailing centres across the Yorkshire Region to join the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) OnBoard scheme.

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Rotherham Sailing Club

is pleased to invite you to a Sailing Rules Night

Presented by Carol Haines

RYA Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Rules Advisor, Judge and Trainer of Club rules advisors

24 March ‘11

19:30 (prompt) till 21:30

at Rotherham Sailing Club

Click here for a full size version of the poster

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Rotherham Sailing Club: Sailing for Gold
Rotherham Sailing Club, Wath Cricket Club and the City of Sheffield Diving Club fought it out for Club of the Year at the South Yorkshire Sports awards held at the English Institute last week.
Whilst Sheffield Diving Club won the prestigious award, Rotherham Sailing Club, based in Harthill, were proud to be recognised as one of the top three sports clubs in South Yorkshire. Making it against a wide range of stiff competition, was icing on the cake.  One member, Keith Bailey said “whilst we did not win the award getting into the last three is tremendous recognition of the progress we have made in the last 12 months and recognises the hard work of all of our volunteers”.  Another, Chris Cooper said “whilst we may have missed out on this award we are looking forward to March when the Royal Yachting Association announce their Club of the Year for which we are nominated and we have been asked to speak at the National Dinghy Show, in London, on our development journey”.
South Yorkshire Sport Director, Bruce Kelsey, said: “The quality of the nominees for our Club of the Year Award proves that there is a huge and lasting commitment to sport across South Yorkshire. These clubs are truly an inspiration to us all. They, and the many others that operate across South Yorkshire, are managed by an army of dedicated volunteers, deliver high quality community based sports programmes and are a fantastic example of what can be achieved by determination and team work.
“Reading about their achievements shows the wealth and depth of sporting opportunity we have in South Yorkshire. It’s fantastic to see such a wide variety of sports represented in this category. Hopefully these clubs can use their nominations for this year’s awards to increase interest in their sports in 2011.”
The nomination for Club of the Year recognises how the club’s instructors have developed a comprehensive training, coaching and sailing programme and boasts 120 members.  The active youth section won the Yorkshire and Humberside Youth Sailing Association team trophy – a tremendous achievement for the team with an average age of 13.
In 2010 the club also developed into a more socially conscious organisation with links created to include local schools, Scout groups and clubs, plus national mentoring charity SOVA (Supporting Others through Voluntary Action).
2010 was a great year – 2011 looks to be even more impressive and the Club look forwards to winning South Yorkshire Sports Club of the Year next year.
If you would like to find out more about the club or the sailing opportunities its offers to club or individuals please contact training@rotherhamsailingclub.org.uk.


Lifetime Achievement: David White of Ulley Sailing Club

David, a former fireman and BT engineer, has been a member of the Ulley Sailing Club for 20 years and loves sailing whatever the weather. Now in his 70th year, he competes every weekend, helps maintain the club’s sailing equipment and also loves to mentor new members. He always looks forward to organising the club's annual expedition to Southport to take part in the 24-hour race.

During the last three years, since the floods of June 2007 disrupted the clubs operation, David has been a major force in keeping the club together.  He has been instrumental in helping redecorate the club gallery, kitchen and clubhouse in the past year.

 


2011 Instructorcourses confirmed:

Dinghy Senior Instructor Prep Day  
Ripon SC                                              27 March                                             lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk

Small Craft First Aid Instructor
Teesside Nautical Studies                      2 April                                                 trevor.forster@shapetraining.co.uk

Advanced Dinghy Instructor              
Scaling Dam SC                                  19/10 April                                            lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk

Powerboat Instructor
Teesside Nautical Studies                   18-20 April                                                                                          
Pre Entry: Teesside NS                      1 April                                                   trevor.forster@shapetraining.co.uk                                       

Dinghy Coastal Instructor endorsement     
Tynemouth SC                                     7/8 May                                               stephen.gibbon@btopenworld.com                      

Dinghy Instructor      

Beaver SC/Otley SC                         25-27 March and 9/10 April                         
Pre Entry: Pugneys CP                     6 March                                                  lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk                          

South Tyneside Centre                  3-5 and 11-12 June
Pre Entry: South Tyneside            30 April                                                       Graeme.Rowe@southtyneside.gov.uk

Bewerley Park OEC                         25-27 July                                                           
Pre Entry: Bewerley Park                1 July                                                       Erica.Caswell@northyorks.gov.uk

 

Dinghy Senior Instructor     
North East Venues TBC                 14/15 and 28/29 May                                    lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk

 



RYA Market your club workshops in Yorks and Humber

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you and/or other members of your club to an informative and interactive workshop that aims to provide you with lots of ideas on how to effectively market your club activities.

As your National Governing Body we are always keen to support your club development, this workshop is tailored specifically to marketing for sailing clubs and we trust you will find it of great benefit.

When and Where:          All 19:00 - 21:00pm         

South/West clubs            Monday the 7th of February, Pugneys Country Park

Coastal Clubs                     Wednesday the 23rd of February, Evron Centre in Filey

Humber Clubs                   Monday the 28th of February 2011, Hull City Centre

North/West clubs            Tuesday the 1st of March 2011, Ripon Sailing Club

Who for:

Anyone involved in marketing or promoting club activities (The more club members who attend the more effective discussions will be)

What:                  

An introduction to how to market your club both internally to current members and externally to potential members

·         We will explore six specific areas of basic marketing and how each will directly help your club

·         We will provide you with hand-out’s/resources and identify sources of further information and support

·         We aim to help you create a very simple marketing strategy

What do you need to do now:  

Speak to the relevant people within your club, explain the benefits of attending this workshop

Confirm your booking to suzie.blair@rya.org.uk  ASAP!


2011 RYA Instructors Conference
online bookings now open!

http://www.sailracer.org/events/event-v2.asp?eventid=64392

North East:  Saturday 12th of March – Sunderland Yacht Club

Yorkshire/Humber:  Sunday 20th of March – Pugneys Country Park

Open to all RYA Dinghy, Windsurf and Powerboat Instructors:

·       Practical coaching sessions afloat

·       Informative shore based workshops

·       National and Regional RYA Training updates

·       Opportunity to speak to manufacturers and try out their kit

·       45% discount on all RYA publications

·       And the chance to meet other instructors while having some fun!

 Workshop places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Look forward to seeing you there, Suzie Blair RYA Regional Development Officer - North East and Yorkshire

Please distribute this poster    Download the NE program here...   Download the Y&H program here...



Disability Awareness Course – Saturday 11th December at Pugneys Country Park (near Wakefield) further details and booking form here...


RYA Club and Coach Conference

4th of December 2010 – Yorkshire Dales SC

An interactive day aimed at all those with an interest or involved in delivering, planning or coordinating club training, racing and coaching for both juniors and adults. Helping committees, volunteers, instructors and coaches to develop ideas and evolve their programme for next year’s season.

Reserve your place at www.ryaracingevents.org.uk and click RYA Coaching Courses.              please display this advert around your club


Regional Toppers - The region has 2 Toppers which can be loaned to youngsters who may not have their own boat but who would like to take part in the YHYSA series and or Topper Open Meetings which would lead to them being selected for the RYA Zone squad.
To express an interest in taking one of the loan boats you should write to Richard Benson outlining why you wish to borrow one of the boats together with your plans for it's use.
Applications will be accepted up to January 2011 when all the applications will be reviewed and 2 lucky young sailors selected.


A chance to get involved in
                  2012 Olympic Games
 
Volunteers are an integral part of many events, but none more so than the Olympics Games. So with 2012 fast approaching this is your clubs' chance to play a crucial part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

LOCOG, the organisers of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have asked the RYA to assist in supplying RIBs for the Games and preceding test events.

For further details read this.....


Calling all North East & Yorkshire RYA Dinghy and Windsurf Instructors

Don’t miss out on the End of Season BLAST a great fun day of coaching and sailing just for you!

 Saturday 30 October, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

 Closing date for bookings is THIS Friday the 8th of October: tzaneen.mears@rya.org.uk


RYA Fantastic sailing at RYA Volvo North Zone Championships

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Emma   Ruben

750 of the nation’s Olympic sailing hopefuls took to the water over the weekend of 25th/26th Sept, as the 2010 Volvo RYA Zone and Home Country Championships took place across Scotland, England and Wales.

Brisk and breezy conditions greeted the North Zone fleet at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club and Head RYA High Performance Manager Chris Atherton was pleased to see such great conditions and was impressed with how the sailors dealt with the strong winds.

“We’ve had really good testing conditions for most of the events across the country which have meant great racing really helping the selectors in making their final decisions for the zone squads invitations. It’s great that the sailors have had the opportunity to show us what they can do in more windy conditions akin to what they can expect through winter zone squad training.”

As an extra bonus, Volvo For Life sailor and Skandia Team GBR’s World Champion RS:X windsurfer Nick Dempsey was at the North Zone Championship for the day, and spent Saturday on the water watching the young windsurfers and sailors. He was very impressed with the level of ability and standard of racing in what were challenging conditions. After racing Nick entertained sailors and parents with a presentation about his windsurfing career, his highlights, and low points, and gave us all a very interesting  insight into Olympic windsurfing.

“I was pleased to be invited to the RYA Volvo North Zone Championships at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club,” said Nick. "It was fantastic to watch up to 40 windsurfers, and 50 sailors having a great time on the water. During the day I had a chance to speak to some of the young competitors, hopefully some of my advice will help them in the future, in particular the level of skill and ability is very high, and I’m sure some of the windsurfers will be challenging me in the coming years.“

The Championships traditionally mark the end of the Junior racing season and are a key event for any young sailor wishing to be selected for the RYA Volvo Zone and Home Country squads, which are the first step on the pathway to Olympic Classes sailing.

Racing was close and the young windsurfers from the North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club put up a terrific show, nailing first place in each of the windsurfing classes.

Volvo RYA North Zone Championships - Results to third place:

Toppers: 1st Edward Connellan, 14, Middle Nene SC, Brigstock; 2nd  Luke Cowling, 15, Yeadon / Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley, 3rd Toby Woodings, 13, Carsinghton, Matlock

Optimists: 1st Andrew Kilburn, 14, Notts County SC, Arnold, 2nd Tom Smith, 11, Notts County, Loughborough, 3rd Eve Wilkinson-Bell, 14, Scaling Dam, Saltburn by Sea

Windsurfers

4.5 open: 1st Jack Bramley, 13, North Lincs SC, Barton Upon Humber, 2nd Joshua Carey, 10, Pugneys Pirates, Halifax, 3rd Lydia Howley, 12, Northampton WSC Pitsford, Northampton 

 

5.5 open: 1st Harry Davis, 12, North Lincs, Barton Upon Humber, 2nd Jack Lennon, 12, North Lincs and HSC, Scunthorpe, 3rd Sarah Labourne, 11, North Lincs, Barrow on Humber  

Techno 6.8: 1st Rob Griffiths, 14, North Lincs and HSC, Barton on Humber, 2nd Ruben Lansley, 13, North Lincs and HSC, Barton on Humber, 3rd Emily Hall, 13, Notts Country SC, Nottingham. Rob Griffiths had a great second day edging ahead with a 2,2,1 leaving second and third places for Emily Hall and Ruben Lansley to fight over. Both finishing on 13 points Emily picking up the first girl prize.  

Techno 7.8: 1st Emma Labourne, 14, North Lincs, Barrow On Humber, 2nd Luke Raistrick, 15, Scaling Dam, Northallerton, 3rd Oliver Bradley-Baker, 14, West Kirby Warriors, Wirral. Under 15 Techno Worlds silver medallist Emma Labourne showed her steal on the second day posting 4,1,1 gaining two places over taking the boys to claim event honours.   

Also sailing in the Zone Championships - but this time at Ullswater were our regional Mirror sailors and their results were also great news for the RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Region:

Mirror: 1st Ben, 12, and Matthew, 14, Lulham Robinson, Yeadon / Ottley / Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley, 2nd Emma, 14 and Rachel, 12 Grayson, Beaver SC, Pontefract, 3rd William Hide, 13, Yorkshire Dales, Otley / Emma Clayton, 13, Otley, Greenhow. European Champions Ben and Matthew Lulham Robinson pushed ahead of Junior European Girls Champions the Grayson sisters posting bullets in all three of Sunday's races.

For further information visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk

 

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RYA junior windsurfing tournament sails into Wakefield

The North Lincs Invaders go head to head with Pugneys Pirates!!

For the final time this summer the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North Zone junior windsurfing fleet is on the move. This time the young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, will do battle on the home waters of the “Pugneys Pirates” at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield on Sunday 19th Sept.

The youngsters are taking part in the RYA Team15 Championship and the North Zone team with the best score at the end of the summer will compete against all the other RYA Zone winners for the UK Team15 Champions Cup. The team to beat at the moment are the North Lincs Invaders from Barton upon Humber, 2009 UK Team15 Champions, and current leaders of this year’s North Zone competition.

The RYA Team15 competition is an ideal training ground for our young windsurfers, many of whom have gone on to represent the UK in international competitions. The young windsurfers from the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Region including Connor Bainbridge from Halifax and George Bowles and Emma Labourne from North Lincs have been particularly successful in recent competitions. 13 year old Emma Labourne, 2009 RYA Yorkshire Young Sailor of the Year and a RYA Team15 Ambassador, recently won silver at the Techno Windsurfing World Championships – a fantastic achievement.

Photographers, camera crews and journalists are welcome to attend Sunday’s event by prior arrangement with Steve Cerrone, Manager of Pugneys Country Park. Please call 01924 302365 or email scerrone@wakefield.gov.uk

Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine, Neil Pryde and Boardwise, T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.


Royal Meteorological Society Lectures 2010 - 2011
Held at the University of Leeds - Details of future lectures over the coming months will be posted here.

The first talk this Autumn is "Chasing Tornadoes with VORTEX2" at 7pm on the 10th November 2010 with Dr Lindsay Bennett (Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds).

"The Verification Of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment took place in the USA during May and June 2009 and 2010. It was the largest and most ambitious study ever undertaken to study tornadoes, with a mobile armada of over 100 scientists and 40 research vehicles. I participated in the field project with a team from the Center for Severe Weather Research who operated 3 mobile radars and six instrumented vehicles. During this talk I will present some of the basic science behind tornadoes and the storms that produce them. I'll describe the instruments that were used to collect the data and the logistics of coordinating such a large fleet of vehicles. In particular I'll talk about my role in the team and some of my experiences of getting up close and personal with severe weather."

location: seminar rooms, School of Earth and Environment. Directions to the building are here.
Please be aware the main front door is always locked but there will be someone there to let you in so just please be patient.

The talk is open to everyone members and non-members alike. There will be tea and coffee available from 6:30pm.

The talk starts at 7pm but someone will be monitoring the door for a further 10 minutes to cover for late arrivals.


Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship
Ethan Competitors Katherine


Two young powerboating aces from the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Yorkshire and Humberside Region will take on the UK’s best young powerboating talent on Sunday 12th Sept, when they compete in the National Final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship at the PSP Southampton Boat Show.

13 year old Katherine Rhodes from Market Weighton, East Yorkshire and 9 year old Ethan Peck from Grimsby, will compete in the Youth and Junior UK finals having recently won the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Championships at Welton Sailing Club on Saturday 4th September. After a summer of regional finals across the UK, this year’s UK event is gearing up to be a real nail-biter! 

The final will see 32 regional champions from across the UK race against the clock and put their RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) driving skill, control and speed to the test around the championship course to secure the prestigious title - 2010 National Champion. The course will involve tricky timed manoeuvres, including a high speed slalom, a man overboard drill, and a blast to the finish line, to test every aspect of the youngsters’ powerboat driving skills. 

Now in its 9th year, finalists will be battling it out on the water in the hope of winning a fantastic prize.  In the 8-12 age group the championship winner will receive a Honwave T40 RIB with a Honda BF20 engine for their club, whilst in the 13-16 age group the winner will receive, again for their club, a 5m Ribcraft RIB with a Honda BF60 engine.

Andrew Norton, RYA Motor Cruising Projects Manager and Event Director said: “This year’s competition has seen some exceptional talent take to the water throughout so we are expecting some fierce competition and exciting races in the national final. Interest and participation in the championship this year has yet again increased with many new competitors taking part so it will be very exciting to see who will be crowned the 2010 Honda RYA Youth RIB Champion.”

The 2010 champion will be named at the winner’s presentation held on the Honda stand (B062) at 17.00, where the winners will receive their prizes, presented to them by Honda UK’s National Sales Manager Steve Morris and the RYA’s Chief Executive Sarah Treseder.

The championship allows youngsters to demonstrate their skills as expert boat handlers and improve their skills in a safe, controlled environment.  To ensure safety at all times each child is accompanied in the RIB by a competent adult/instructor.

The Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, sponsored by Honda and Ribcraft, is a National Championship in which 8-16 year old RIB drivers demonstrate their boat handling skills in a race against the clock with the goal of winning a 5m Ribcraft or a Honwave T40 for their club.

David Hodgkinson, Marketing Communications Manager for event sponsor Honda says:

"Our continued association with the RYA Youth RIB Championship allows us to inspire and encourage young people to pursue their passion for boating and engage in worthwhile team-based social activities. Furthermore it allows us to underline our commitment to safety and best practice – something which we take extremely seriously as a major manufacturer of engines and inflatables.”

Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda, and Ribcraft.

For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/hondaryayouthrib/Pages/default.aspx


Looking to become an RYA Windsurf Trainer in the future...

Then get yourself booked onto the Instructor Development Day

6th and 7th of October – Hollingworth Lake Water Activity Centre        further details here....


Junior windsurfing action at Derwent Reservoir

Thirty young windsurfers collected at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club on Sunday 22nd August when the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Team15 Championship fleet arrived at the Reservoir. For the second time this summer the young windsurfers from all over the north of England collected at the Reservoir to do battle in the RYA’s flagship Youth Windsurfing competition.

The competitors, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, sail for their local team and the team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Championship and gets to compete against all the other RYA Zone winners for the UK Team15 Champions Cup.

“We had a great day,” said Linda Coleby, windsurfing coordinator at Derwent Reservoir. “Sunshine and plenty of wind, in fact there was a bit too much wind for the 3.5 fleet, but they all completed every race with determination and smiling faces!

Our home team, the Derwent Devils, all learned a lot last weekend and it was great to see the Coquet Crushers joining a Team15 event for the first time this year. They were represented by Gustavo Takiguchi who finished in an impressive 8th place in the 3.5 fleet. Congratulations to them all!”

Seven teams from the RYA North Zone have entered this year’s competition:

Pugneys Pirates (Wakefield); Coquet Crushers (Amble); Covenham Cyclones (Louth); Ellerton Scouts (Richmond); Rother Valley (Rotherham); North Lincs Invaders (Barton on Humber); Derwent Devils (Durham)

“The races in the senior fleets were extremely competitive,” continued Linda Coleby. “The youngsters showed a high level of skill in the difficult conditions. Once again, the North Lincs Invaders were the event winners with their team of fantastic sailors. They are great ambassadors for the sport.”

Overall Results RYA North Zone Team15 – Round 3 (to 4th place)

3.5m class

1.         Fiona Anderson (10yrs) – Pugneys Pirates

1.         Joseph Thompson (11yrs) – Pugneys PiratesN Lincs

3.         Mark Jefferson (12yrs) – Derwent Devils

4.         Jemima Davis (8yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

4.5m class

1.         Jack Bramley (13yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

2.         Josh Carey (10yrs) - Pugneys Pirates

3.         Lottie Phillips (15yrs) – Derwent Devils

4.         Aaron Howram (11yrs) - North Lincs InvadersJedJemima

5.8m class

1.         Harry Davis (11yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

1.         Jordan Howram (12yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

3.         Oliver Anderson (12yrs) - Pugneys Pirates

4.         Matthew Carey (12yrs) – Pugneys Pirates

6.8m class

1.         Jed Davis (13yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

2.         Rob Griffiths (13yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

3.         Ben Yarrow (14yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

4.         Max Butler (15yrs) – North Lincs Invaders

The final event in this year’s RYA Team15 North Zone competition will be hosted by Pugneys Pirates at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, on Sunday 19th September, when the North Lincs Invaders from Barton on Humber are likely to be crowned North Zone Team15 Champions for 2010.

Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine, Neil Pryde and Boardwise, T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low. To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

Junior sailing and windsurfing continues to thrive at Derwent Reservoir with a number of our young sailors selected for the RYA Zone squads. Any juniors interested in sailing or windsurfing can contact Linda Coleby for information at
linda.coleby@ntlworld.com or visit the club website at www.drsc.co.uk

The club will be holding their Regatta over August Bank Holiday 27th - 30
August with lots of racing planned for both serious and novice sailors. Again, for
more information see www.drsc.co.uk.


Instructor Courses

Course

Date 

Venue

Bookings 

Closing date

Advanced Dinghy Instructor

1st & 2nd October

Yorkshire Dales SC ??? 

lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk 

17.09.10

Dinghy Senior Instructor

9th 10th and 16th 17th October

South Shields & Scaling Dam

lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk 

17.09.10

Dinghy Instructor  

13th 14th, 20th 21st & 27th 28th Nov

Pugneys CP

pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk

 

Pre entry   

25th September

Pugneys CP

pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk

 

Dinghy Instructor 

1st – 3rd & 8th – 10th 15th – 17th Oct

Tynemouth SC & Derwent SC

stephen.gibbon@btopenworld.com  

10.09.10

Pre entry  

5th September

Tynemouth SC

stephen.gibbon@btopenworld.com  

27.08.10

Level 2 Race Coach 

6th & 7th November

Scaling Dam

RYA

01.10.10

Start Windsurf Instructor

16th 17th, 23rd 24th & 30th 31st Oct

Pugneys CP 

pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk 

 

Powerboat Instructor

4th & 5th and 12th December

Pugneys CP 

pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk 

 

Pre entry

3rd October

Pugneys CP 

pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk 

 

Powerboat Instructor

9th & 10th and 16th October

Teesside Nautical Studies

trevor.forster@shapetraining.co.uk

24.09.10

Pre entry

18th September

Teesside Nautical Studies

trevor.forster@shapetraining.co.uk

10.08.10


North Lincs windsurfers ready to invade

Northumberland

For the second time this summer the junior windsurfing fleet from the North Lincs Invaders will travel up to Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club to do battle in the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Team15 Championship.

The young windsurfers, all of whom are 15 years of age or under, will join youngsters from windsurfing teams around the north of England and the team with the best score at the end of the summer wins the RYA North Zone Team15 Championship and gets to compete against all the other RYA Zone winners for the UK Team15 Champions Cup. The team to beat at the moment are the North Lincs Invaders, 2009 UK Team15 Champions, and current leaders of this year’s North Zone competition.

Seven teams from the RYA North Zone have entered this year’s competition:

Pugneys Pirates (Wakefield)

Coquet Crushers (Amble)

Covenham Cyclones (Louth)

Ellerton Scouts (Richmond)

Rother Valley (Rotherham)

North Lincs Invaders (Barton on Humber)

…And our local team – The Derwent Devils!!

The RYA Team15 competition is an ideal training ground for our young windsurfers, many of whom have gone on to represent the UK in international competitions. The young windsurfers from the Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Region including Connor Bainbridge from Halifax and George Bowles and Emma Labourne from North Lincs have been particularly successful in recent competitions. 13 year old Emma Labourne, 2009 RYA Yorkshire Young Sailor of the Year and a RYA Team15 Ambassador, recently won silver at the Techno Windsurfing World Championships – a fantastic achievement.

Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine, Neil Pryde and Boardwise, T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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Pugneys junior afterschool club celebrated a successful first few months with a parents sailing and certificate presentation evening.

The group of seven young sailors first tried sailing last year when they took part in OnBoard taster sessions with their respective schools. Thanks to funding from the John Merricks Sailing Trust they have all been attending weekly afterschool training sessions this year.
Parents were invited to take part in the last session before the Summer holidays. Extra instructors were on hand to take parents out in wayfarers, whilst the children showed off all they had learnt as, despite the light winds, they sailed circles round them in their toppers!
Once back inside each participant was presented with their RYA Stage 2 certificates and OnBoard goodies. Two special achievement awards were also presented to Finlay Taylor and Milly Whitehead in recognition of their continuous improvement each week.
ODO Liz Wrigglesworth was on hand to discuss all the different options for the children and their families to continue in the sport. As such, two participants have returned to the Pugneys junior weekend club and one father has booked himself onto an adult level 1 course.
Liz said: ‘when we began the afterschool club at the start of this season we hoped that it would act as a stepping stone for young people that had attend the centre with school to come back and sail in their own time. All of the participants have had a great time and have gone away with their Stage 2 certificates which is fantastic. I’m sure that we will see many of them back at the centre again soon.’

The Pugneys afterschool club will recommence next Spring and will be open to students that have attended school OnBoard taster sessions this year. It will once again be funded by the John Merricks Sailing Trust meaning that the cost to participants will be kept to a minimum.


Yeadon Sailing Club launches ‘Free Spirit’ its new training boat
In Memory of Yvonne McInnes
The thunder and lightning accompanied by heavy rain on the evening of the 20th of July had been dreadful but then just at the right moment the storm stopped and Commodore Gerard Kennedy with Mary Dawson were able to name the new boat, a beautiful blue Wanderer, with a name that had been especially chosen for it in remembrance of Yvonne McInnes.

Read more here...

 

North Lincs Invaders extend their lead at Round 2 of RYA Team15 Windsurfing Championship

North Lincs Invaders, the youth windsurfing team from Barton upon Humber extended their lead last weekend when Round 2 of the popular RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Team15 Championship arrived at North Lincs Sailing Club.

In bright sunshine and breezy sailing conditions, the youngsters from north Lincolnshire set a blistering pace; winning three out of the four classes to take the team prize for the second time this season.

Racing was extremely competitive in the 6.8m and 5.8m fleets, with brothers Jed (13yrs) and Harry (12yrs) Davis taking first place in the 6.8m and 5.8m fleets respectively. In the 6.8m class Jed was pushed hard by Ruben Lansley (13yrs) and Max Butler (15yrs), both from North Lincs. In the 5.8m class, 13 year old Jordan Howram kept the pressure on teammate Harry Davis and at the end of the day, all the top five places in both the 5.8m and the 6.8m classes went to the Invaders.

The Invaders did not have it all their own way though. The visiting fleet from Wakefield, the Pugneys Pirates, scored well in the junior races with three out of the top five places in the 3.5m class going to the Pirates from Wakefield.

Junior
N LincsJed

Results – Round 2 RYA North Zone Team15 Championship 2010 (to 5th place)
3.5m
1. Cameron May (12yrs) – Individual entry
2. Jacob Collett (12yrs) – Pugneys Pirates
3. Joseph Thompson (11yrs) – Pugneys Pirates
4. Fiona Anderson (11yrs) – Pugneys Pirates
5. Aaron Howram (11yrs) – Individual entry
4.5m
1. Lewis Russell (12yrs) – North Lincs Invaders
2. Jack Bramley (12yrs) – North Lincs Invaders
3. Eve Collett (14yrs) – Pugneys Pirates
4. Thomas Darlison (12yrs) – Pugneys Pirates
5. Toby Butler (12yrs) – North Lincs Invaders
5.8m
1. Harry Davis (12yrs)
2. Jordan Howaram (13yrs)
3. Sarah Labourne (11yrs)
4. Jack Lennon (12yrs)
5. Isaac Hall (13yrs) – all North Lincs Invaders
6.8m
1. Jed Davis (13yrs)
2. Ruben Lansley (13yrs)
3. Max Butler (15yrs)
4. Lewis May (14yrs)
5. Charlotte Seal (13yrs) – all North Lincs Invaders

North Lincs Invaders extend their lead at Round 2 of RYA Team15 Windsurfing Championship

North Lincs Invaders, the youth windsurfing team from Barton upon Humber extended their lead last weekend when Round 2 of the popular RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Team15 Championship arrived at North Lincs Sailing Club.

In bright sunshine and breezy sailing conditions, the youngsters from north Lincolnshire set a blistering pace; winning three out of the four classes to take the team prize for the second time this season.

Racing was extremely competitive in the 6.8m and 5.8m fleets, with brothers Jed (13yrs) and Harry (12yrs) Davis taking first place in the 6.8m and 5.8m fleets respectively. In the 6.8m class Jed was pushed hard by Ruben Lansley (13yrs) and Max Butler (15yrs), both from North Lincs. In the 5.8m class, 13 year old Jordan Howram kept the pressure on teammate Harry Davis and at the end of the day, all the top five places in both the 5.8m and the 6.8m classes went to the Invaders.

The Invaders did not have it all their own way though. The visiting fleet from Wakefield, the Pugneys Pirates, scored well in the junior races with three out of the top five places in the 3.5m class going to the Pirates from Wakefield.

Lewis

The next round of the RYA North Zone Team15 competition will be back on the Northumberland Durham border when the fleets return to Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club on Sunday 22nd August.
 
Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine, Neil Pryde and Boardwise, T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

 To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

 


Doe Park

Yorkshire youngsters float OnBoard

Youngsters from schools around the Bradford, Denholme and Bingley areas can now take to the water and be part of the Royal Yachting Association’s latest OnBoard centre.
Run by Bradford Council, Doe Park Water Activities Centre already provides a wide selection of exciting water based activities including kayaking, canoeing and sailing.

“Becoming an RYA OnBoard Centre is a fantastic achievement for the Centre,” explained Centre Manager, Louise Clarke. “Taking part in one of the RYA’s flagship schemes allows us to offer sailing to even more young people in the local area. We have taster sessions for youngsters from local high schools and we are starting a club at the Centre called the Bradford Water Activities Club.”

Liz Wrigglesworth, the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Development Officer has been working with the Doe Park Centre over the past few weeks. “It is great to welcome somewhere like Doe Park into the OnBoard programme. That brings the number of Yorkshire OnBoard Centres up to six and between them they work with 41 schools across the county and have held nearly 1500 sailing sessions. A fabulous success for the region.”
“We will be holding an OnBoard festival on Wednesday 14th July for the youngsters who have been sailing at the centre,” said Louise Clarke. “I’m sure the young sailors will enjoy it.”

For more information about the Doe Park Water Activities Centre please email doe.park@bradford.gov.uk or call 01274 833826.
Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.
Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk.

photograph:
  Liz Wrigglesworth (RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Development Officer) and members of the Doe Park staff with pupils from Bingley Grammer School.


YHYSA

Please note that the final round of this years series will now take place at Pennine Sailing Club.

Welton SC have a major weed problem so the venue for this event has now had to be changed.


Lord Nelson to visit Hull & Whitby

Jubilee Sailing Trust, Hazel Road, Southampton, SO19 7GA

www.jst.org.uk

Background Information
We own and operate the only two tall ships in the world that were specifically designed and built to accommodate all physical abilities – Lord Nelson and Tenacious.  Each ship has 8 wheelchair berths with bunk hoists; fully accessible bathroom facilities; lifts between decks; there are orientation aids for the visually impaired, as well as speaking compass and large digital display compass to help those with visual impairments helm the ship; hearing loop for hearing impaired people, plus many other features.  On each voyage we take a mixed crew of 20 able bodied and 20 physical or sensory disabled people and they work together to sail the ship to its destination.

Our aim is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities, from the age of 16 upwards, through the challenge and adventure of tall ship sailing.  There are no passengers on board our ships.  Everyone who sails with us work their passage as voyage crew, getting involved in sails setting, helming, night watches, scrubbing the decks and working in the galley.  Whilst 50% of our crew may be physically disabled, 100% of the crew are actively involved. 

We also operate a Youth Leadership@Sea programme for 16 - 25 year olds providing young people the opportunity to spend time at sea on a tall ship working with people from different age groups, background and abilities.  It's all about team working, communication, disability awareness, personal achievement but most of all - having fun.  A five day voyage with us can be counted towards the residential element of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards Scheme; plus it’s a positive addition to any young person’s C.V.  This programme was cited in a government white paper as a good example of a youth leadership scheme. 

More about JST ..pdf file


Act now for the future of your club
We are experiencing a substantial increase in the volume of enquiries from clubs across the country who have serious issues which threaten their access to water.
In order to understand the scale of this problem we would ask you to complete a simple survey which will help us to consider the challenges that sailing clubs face.
With a clearer picture of the type and size of the issues you face we can resource ourselves appropriately to help you to protect the future of your club.

  • It should only take 20 minutes and is very straight forward to answer; the link is only open until the end of June, so please act now!

  • Click on the link to start the survey: Complete the online Club Survey

  • Alternatively if you would like a paper copy of the survey please contact: Tzaneen Mears 023 8060 4251 or tzaneen.mears@rya.org.uk

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11 June 2010

GBR Laser sailors take European silvers

Britain’s Paul Goodison and Charlotte Dobson ensured a double podium celebration for Skandia Team GBR on Friday (11 June), each taking a silver medal at the Laser European Championships which concluded this afternoon in Tallinn, Estonia.

Goodison, the current Olympic and World Champion, narrowly missed out on taking a sixth straight European crown in the Laser Standard event, missing out to Croatia’s winner Tonci Stipanovic on the final day of action.
But for Laser Radial sailor Dobson, her silver in Tallinn marks her first time on the European Championship podium and, coupled with her silver at the ISAF Sailing World Cup event in France five weeks ago, is a timely run of form heading in the Laser Radial World Championships which will be held on the Helensburgh sailor’s home waters in Largs next month.

“I’m really, really pleased,“ Dobson commented. “I think I was only second by the skin of my teeth in the end and would’ve have been really disappointed if I’d not finished in the top three after being thereabouts all week.

“We had pretty much the range of conditions, from five to 20 knots during the week, but I really like it when it’s a mixture of things – plus it’s flat water and pretty shifty which I enjoy.”

Dobson continued: “The last few events have gone really well for me. There have been a couple of people missing from here and the Worlds is bound to be a harder challenge, but I’m certainly happy with the way everything is going and having the Worlds at home is going to be pretty cool.”
The European Radial title also went Croatia’s way, courtesy of Tine Mihelic, while Britain’s up and coming Radial sailor Chloe Martin sailed an impressive series over the six-day event, claiming the under 21 European Championship title and finishing 10th overall.

Goodison went into the final day’s racing in the bronze medal position, and managed to pull through into the silver medal spot after Friday’s two races but was unable to catch Stipanovic, who claimed gold ten points ahead of the Skandia Team GBR star.

He was, by his own admission, frustrated yet philosophical at not defending his title, having made a “couple of silly errors” earlier in the week.
“It’s a little bit frustrating not to have won for a sixth time, but at the same time you can’t expect to win every single event, much as you might like to,” Goodison explained.

“I’m reasonably happy with the week, though – there have been some challenging offshore conditions – and I’m really looking forward now to a good solid couple of week’s training in Weymouth.”

Fellow Skandia Team GBR Laser sailor Nick Thompson endured a difficult second half of the week, finishing as the fifth European sailor and seventh in the overall regatta.

“It feels a little bit strange to be saying we’re disappointed with having won silver,” said RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park, “but Paul’s had such a fantastic run of five straight Laser men’s European titles so it is a little bit disappointing for him that he’s not been able to extend that run this week.

“It’s really pleasing, though, that we’re making ground the Laser Radial class where Charlotte’s silver consolidates the two World Cup medals we’ve won from the three events the sailors have taken part in during 2010.

“It’s a real tribute to both the sailors’ hard work and the coaching efforts led by Chris Gowers but including Tom Saunt and others.”
For full results from the Laser Europeans, visit http://www.laser2010tallinn.eu

For all the latest news on Skandia Team GBR’s sailors in action around the world visit www.skandiateamgbr.com

 

Goodison


Young guns set for RYA National Junior Windsurfing Championships

This weekend (12-13 June) will see some of the country’s youngest stars in the making hit Rutland Water as the RYA UKWA National Junior Windsurfing Championships return to Whitwell for their third edition.

The Championships, which are giving more and more youngsters the opportunity to make their mark on the competitive racing scene, are for many their first major national standard event, whilst veterans of last year’s edition will be looking to get one over their closest rivals and clinch a National crown.

Racing will see competition across the 3.5m, 4.5m and 5.8m classes in both Open and Bic Techno classes during the two day event.

Masterminded by the RYA and UKWA to demonstrate to sailors a more smooth transition from grass roots club and regional level competition up into the RYA Zone and National Junior Squad race training programmes, the National Junior Windsurfing Championships span all levels of ability. Team15 (T15) sailors are able to dip their toes into the more competitive arena for the first time, alongside those already involved in RYA Squads bidding for the top silverware, all under the watchful guidance of Kirsty Bonar the Single-handed Pathway Manager.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, said: “The RYA UKWA National Junior Windsurfing Championships are a fantastic event. As well as giving sailors a great introduction to RYA and UKWA competitive Windsurfing, the event also enables more experienced sailors to pit their skills against the best of their peers from all over the UK.

“Whitwell is a great venue for the event, it always has a good atmosphere and we’re very pleased to be running it there again.

“Medal-winning will feature high on many competitors agendas at the event however enjoying the venue, learning from the experienced staff and volunteers at the event, having fun and soaking up the buzz of the championships will be just as important to the sailors,” he concluded.

Gillian Wright, RYA National Windsurfing Development Officer, added: “The Championships are an open event giving every single T15 sailor the opportunity to compete at a national level, pitting their skills against a much broader range of windsurfers than they would normally race with in the T15 Inter-Club Championships.

“With the standard of racing quite a lot higher, we see the event as a next step for all those involved in T15. Presenting more of a challenge the experience will give the sailors some useful feedback on their racing technique as well as giving them a good insight into what is expected of them to make it into the Squads is that is what they are aiming for.”   

In some pretty windy and wet conditions last year, Issac Bradley-Baker (Techno 3.5), Harry Davis (Techno 4.5) and Robert Griffiths (Techno 5.5) all won National titles with Harry going on to scoop second place at the RYA Zone Championships later in the year. Special awards went to Zed Spencer-Milnes (Techno 3.5) for impressive improvement over the weekend, Charlotte Seal (Techno 4.5) and Zak Brubert (5.5 Techno) who both demonstrated determination and great potential at their first ever National Championships.

For more information about the 2010 RYA National Junior Windsurfing  Championships visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk

T15
North Zone

The forthcoming Eric Twiname Championships which will take place at Rutland Water on 8th/9th May.

These championships are invitation only and are one of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) key selection events for squad training and team selection for the future.

The young sailors and windsurfers compete between themselves and also score points for their RYA Zone (ours is the North Zone - unsuprisingly...). Last year the South East Zone won the overall Zone championship but the North Zone has traditionally done very well in previous years.

Our regional competitors include:

Windsurfing

BIC Techno 4.5m

Sarah Labourne – North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club

BIC Techno 5.8m

Harry Davis

Jacob Newton

Jordan Howram

All North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club

BIC Techno 6.8m

Robert Griffiths

Ruben Lansley

John Davis

Charlotte Seal

All North Lincs & Humberside Sailing Club

Mirrors

Sailing

Mirror

Sarah Clayton

Emma Clayton

Otley Sailing Club 

Edward Grayson

Matthew Foster

Beaver Sailing Club

Emma Grayson

Rachel Grayson

Beaver Sailing Club

Optimist

Holly McKenchnie   Staunton Harold SC

Eve Wilkinson-Bell   Scaling Dam Sailing Club

Cora Kenmuir-Hogg   Staunton Harold Sailing Club

Topper

William Tarn-Chapman   Derwent Reservoir SC

Christopher Towers   Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club


Windsurf 4 Cancer Research at Pugneys Country Park

Some of Yorkshire’s top windsurfers will be in action at Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield on Sunday 2nd May when they take part in the Windsurf4Cancer Research charity windsurf event.

All comers are welcome to lend their support to this worthwhile event which is run as part of the National Windsurfing Week 1st to 9th May 2010.

Anyone interested in attending should first contact the W4CR website by visiting www.windsurfing4cancerreserarch.org or by contacting Pugneys Country Park by calling 01924 302360 or emailing pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk

The Park has several other windsurfing events coming up during May including the visit by Boujma Guilloul from Morocco on Thursday 6th May.

One of the World’s top windsurfers, Boujma will be on the water at Pugneys on Thursday 6th May from 3pm until closing and will be holding coaching sessions and demonstrating his inspirational and radical windsurfing styles.

As a recognised RYA Team15 venue, Pugneys Country Park already host one of the region’s top junior windsurfing teams, the Pugneys Pirates, all of whom are under 15 years of age. Having Boujma at the club will be a fantastic opportunity to see one of the World’s best windsurfers in action. The coaching sessions will not be limited to Pugneys Team15 members and the club welcomes adult and junior windsurfers from around the region to watch and learn from the Boujma techniques.

Anyone interested in attending the Boujma sessions should first contact Juice Watersports by visiting www.juiceboardsports.co.uk or by calling Pugneys direct on 01924 302365 or emailing Liz Wrigglesworth, the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Development Officer, at lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk

Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine, Neil Pryde and Boardwise, Team15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.


Goodison and Shaw in control at mid-way point in Hyeres

Paul Goodison and Bryony Shaw head the British charge at the half way stage of the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres (Tuesday 27 August), leading their respective Laser and RS:X windsurfing fleets.

Tuesday’s race schedule was once again upset by the light wind conditions which prevailed over the area, and in spite of the organisers pulling the start times forward only one race was possible in the majority of classes.

Shaw‘s RS:X women’s windsurfing class saw just one race, which the Olympic bronze medallist won to extend her lead, while Goodison, the Olympic, World and European Champion, picked up a ninth in the only Laser race of the day but still managed to pull into the lead in the men’s single-handed event.  He tops the leaderboard by just one point over Austria’s Andreas Geritzer.

While the 49er yellow fleet saw no action on Tuesday, the blue fleet managed three races with Skandia Team GBR development squad duo Dave Evans and Ed Powys enjoying a solid day on the water including two results inside the top five.

“We had a pretty good day today,” Evans explained.  “We were sat in the team hospitality unit again this morning thinking there wasn’t going to be much wind, but luckily we got out today and it was our kind of conditions. 

“It was pretty shifty, and we quite like to sail in those conditions because it’s not just about ‘go left’ or ‘go right’ up the course – you have to play the shifts with the wind shifting round.”

“It’s been a pretty slow start, we were on second starts we’d only done one race up until today so we’ve had a lot of sitting around,”  added Powys.  “We’ve played a lot of scrabble and football and getting a bit bored and twitchy so it was nice to get some good racing in today!”

In spite of having no race action, Paul Brotherton and Mark Asquith have moved into second place overall in the 49er fleet.

Megan Pascoe picked up a fourth in the only race of the 2.4mR Paralympic class, although Helena Lucas is in second overall after finishing fifth today, while RS:X World Champion Nick Dempsey is in fourth overall in the men’s RS:X windsurfing event, with a fifth and a sixth to show for his two races.

Hannah Mills and Claire Cumming remain the top British crew in the 470 Women’s event, with Sarah Ayton and Saskia Clark in 13th while Skandia Team GBR development squad duo Matt Mee and Ian Dobson are the leading British boat in the 470 men’s fleet.

Alison Young saw the best result of the British Laser Radial sailor with an eighth in her only race of the day, while 2009 World Cup winner Ed Wright suffered in the one race for the Finn fleet, picking up 26th which puts him in 13th place overall after two races.

John Gimson and Ed Greig dropped to fourth in the Star class, the Sonar Paralympic trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas are eighth overall.

Women’s match racers Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Ally Martin will have to wait another day to begin their quarter-finals round after the light winds meant they were unable to race on Tuesday.

Racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week is set to resume on Wednesday 28 April, with the final medal races scheduled for Friday 30 April. 

For the latest news and information, visit www.skandiateamgbr.com or follow us on Twitter (@skandiateamgbr) for race updates during the regatta.


CB

RYA Volvo Youth Nationals close at Weymouth and Portland

Final Placings for our northern sailors and windsurfers are as follows:

29ers
Grace Fell & Becky Wallbank from Beadnell Sailing Club - 2nd placed female crew and 14th place overall

Spitfires
Andrew Sinclair (Southampton) & Benedict Harrison (South Shields) - 3rd place overall

Lasers (140 entries in total)
Jack Wetherall from Beaver Sailing Club (nr Snaith) - 12th place overall
Also sailing Lasers are:
Oliver Wright - Rotherham SC
Peter Clayton - Scaling Dam SC
Will Hackney - North Lincs & Humberside SC
Daniel Trotter - Derwent Reservoir SC
Helen Armstrong - Derwent Reservoir SC
Megan Hill & Kieran Hill - Scaling Dam SC

Alex Leonard - Pennine SC - 28th in the Laser senior fleet


RS-X windsurfers
17yr old Connor Bainbridge (above) from Halifax just missed out on winning the Youth National title by four points overall. In the final race Bainbridge needed to finish four places higher than Sam Sills from Devon to clinch the title. In the end however Sills won the final race and Bainbridge came in sixth, leaving Sills to claim the title and Bainbridge overall second. Chasing them both hard was defending champion, 18yr old George Bowles from North Lincs & Humberside SC. After a bad start on day one, Bowles was always running to catch up. 16yr old Chloe Bennett from Rotherham is 5th in the female class, finished in overall 15th place.


9 April 2010

 Hat-trick for Hamilton as RYA Volvo Youth Nationals close at Weymouth and Portland

It was a hat-trick for Hamilton and a whole raft of well earned victories for the cream of Britain’s sailing talent today (April 9)as the curtain came down on the 2010 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships.

After a long week which saw almost the full series of races completed, nine new National Champion crowns were handed out with RS:X Youth World Champion Izzy Hamilton making it a hat-trick in clinching her third girls RYA Volvo Youth National Title at the event.

Hamilton comments; “It’s been a tough week, especially the last few days where we had to do a lot of pumping in the light winds, so I’m really pleased and relived that it’s over and that I’ve got my hat-trick”

Having lead the girls fleet all week Hamilton’s dominance was clear, winning two of the twelve races at the event. The National title kick starts what looks to be another great season for Holsworthy's Hamilton following her ISAF Youth World’s Silver medal and Youth World title of last year.

The boys competition was a tight contest between Connor Bainbridge (Halifax) and Techno U17 World Champion Sam Sills (Launceston) who was sailing his first UK event on an RS:X board. Sills won out picking up the RS:X National Crown to further furnish his trophy cabinet having racked up the most consistent results of the two.        

29er National titles go to Lymington pair Henry Lloyd Williams and Sam Batten. Starting the week in second place, the team focused on consistency posting results in the top three in nine of their fourteen races, proving themselves effective in all conditions. Taking over the top of the fleet on day three they racked up a convincing seventeen point lead to take this year’s title.

Derby’s Philippa Gray and Malvern’s Joanna Lucas took the girls 29er title holding their place as top female crew throughout the regatta. As the week progressed they upped their game in the lighter conditions posting a fifth and fourth over the last days of racing, giving them a sizable lead over the other girls crews placing them tenth overall and top of the girls standings.

For Leicester’s Mike Wood and his Coventry crew Hugh Brayshaw, Wood’s fourth and Brayshaw’s third visit to the event proved fruitful with the duo establishing their fleet lead on day one of the event. Keeping their focus and momentum all week they claimed their hard fought 420 National title ten points ahead of the pack staying true to form. The duo entered the event with an U19 title won at the End of Season Championships in November and a 420 National Winter Championships title won at the beginning of the year.

For the girls title, Joanna Freeman (Poole) and Hannah Mitchell (Manchester) tussled all week with Oxfords Amy Seabright and Romfords Hermione Stanley to secure their extremely hard fought 420 girls crown. In their favourable light winds conditions they gave the boys at the top of the fleet a run for their money winning three of the 420’s eleven races.

Wirral’s Cameron Douglass claimed another hard fought National title in the Radial fleet which saw competition become extremely tight once qualifying series determined the Gold fleet. Having posted bullets in all but one of his qualifying races Douglas went into the final series on top of the pack and with some strong challenges from John Currie, Bleddyn Mon and Elliot Hanson, Douglas kept his focus to land the National title just two points clear of Currie.    

Gloucester girl Sophie McKeeman was swapping first and second girl places with Ipswich’s Rheanna Pavey most of the week pushing through on the last days of racing to land her Radial victory and National crown.  Apart from a few discards she posted consistent mid table results in all of her races, with ninth being her best result in the final series. .

She said “My aim was to come first in the girls I was going to try and come high up in the boys but didn’t quite managed it but it’s ok because I still won the Girls title”

The Laser Standards saw Colchester’s Martin Evans land the U19 National Title finishing fourth overall in the U21 standings. Having tied points with Eifion Mon, the eventual U21 victor, earlier in the week, Evans was disappointed not to have retained his overall lead of the fleet but sailed a great regatta to claim his crown.

With the catamarans making a return to the event this year, Adam Butler (Christchurch) and Nikki Boniface (Polegate) held the stage in the Spitfire class all week posting an almost unbeaten record of bullets in their ten races, securing them an emphatic victory and the National title. Andrew Sinclair and Benedict Harrison being the only pair to beat them in race nine.    

RYA Youth Racing Manager Duncan Truswell rounded up the week: “It’s been the best and most fiercely contested Youth Nationals event yet. It’s been a challenging week in terms of the conditions for the sailors; Monday and Tuesday was very windy but later in the week we’ve had a range of conditions to give a really good trial.

“The sailors have performed extremely well and I’m very impressed with the standard of the sailing that has been on display,” he concluded.

As a new introduction to this year’s event GPS tracking has been set up to enable live animation of some of the courses each day. To watch the action again click here, with 3D animation also available on some of the races.

For full results and list of winners visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk/youthnationals

2010 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials main results:

Laser Standard:

1st Laser Standard U19 (Royal Bank Trophy) – Martin Evans

1st Laser Standard U21 – Eifion Mon

Laser Radial:

1st Laser Radial Overall (Crewsaver Trophy) and 1st Laser Radial boy (Eric Twiname Coconut Cup) and 1st English Radial boy (Volvo Trophy) – Cameron Douglas

1st Laser Radial girl (Eric Twiname Trophy) and 1st English Radial girl (Henri Lloyd Trophy) – Sophie McKeeman

420:

1st 420 girls (Eric Twiname Trophy) – Joanna Freeman / Hannah Mitchell

1st 420 boys (Royal Bank Trophy) and first English 420 boys (House of Commons Trophy) – Mike Wood / Hugh Brayshaw

29er:

1st 29er overall (Edwards Trophy) and 1st 29er boys (Harmony Trophy) – Henry Lloyd-Williams / Sam Batten

1st 29er girls (Ovington Plate) – Philippa Gray / Joanna Lucas

RS:X

1st Windsurfing Boy Trophy – Sam Sills

1st Windsurfing Girl Trophy – Izzy Hamilton


Cracking opening day at the 2010 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships

Sunshine and a steady 15-20 knot wind greeted the 320 sailors vying for honours this week at the 2010 RYA Volvo Youth National Championships as they took to the water for a cracking opening day of competition today (Monday 5, April).

With the Laser Standards starting their racing tomorrow and three races scheduled in the RS:X, 29er, Laser Radial, 420 and Spitfire classes,

Racing kicked off, as scheduled, at 11:15am competitors were eager to start the ball rolling and get some results under their belts making the most of the days fantastic conditions. The RS:X’s were first to get their three races in on the inner most race course, course ‘A’. RS:X Youth World Champion Izzy Hamilton and BIC Techno World Champion Sam Sills bought some impressive calibre to the racecourse and competition was fierce. Sills asserted himself right at the top of the fleet with a win in race one but Connor Bainbridge having settled for second place in race one responded to his challenge taking wins in the following two races. Sills picked up two seconds, with Bainbridge sitting top of the fleet after day one and Sills in second.

Bainbridge commented: “It was me and Sam Sills today. In the first race he just got me by about a meter which I was a bit annoyed about but after that I got two firsts - the last race I was quite far in front”

“I moved up earlier than Sam onto the RS:X because of my size but we’re the same age. We were all expecting him to do quite well and he’s very good!”

In the girls competition Hamilton dominated the day posting two fifths and a sixth, placing her first girl above Charlie Money sitting in second place for the girls (6th overall) and Sophie Bailey in third (11th overall). Watch Izzy’s blog here.     

Taking over from the RS:X’s on course ‘A’ just after lunch, the 29ers saw Alex Poyner and George Hand take advantage of the good conditions topping the leader board, winning the first two races then taking second in the third race. Henry Lloyd Williams and Sam Batten finished in second place for the day with two seconds and a first with Christopher Matthews and Edward Gibbons behind them with a fourth and two thirds.

Over on course ‘B’, where racing was split into four separate flights being the largest fleet at the regatta (110 boats), the Radials saw three races take place with conditions being more windy than on the inner course. In what became quite though conditions by race three Cameron Douglas dominated the fleet posting bullets in all his races with Bleddyn Mon finishing second and Jack Wetherell third.       

Out on course ‘C’, the most exposed course, the 420 class completed two races, the third being cancelled due to strong winds and rough conditions. Mike Wood and Hugh Brayshaw lead the way with firsts in both the races placing firmly at the top of the table. Tim Gratton and Ed Riley posted a second and a third putting them second overall and James Hayward and Tim Carter sit just behind in third after posting a second and fourth. The all female crew; Anna Burnet and Flora Stewart, are placed first girls for the day after finishing sixth in the first race and then third in the second, the pair excelling in their most favoured high wind conditions.

As a new introduction to this years event GPS tracking has been set up to enable live animation of one of the courses each day. Today saw tracking on the 420 course. To watch all the action again click here. Tomorrow tracking will be available on the Laser Standard course.   

Principle Race Officer for the event David Campbell James commented: “The first day is always quite a challenge organising everybody but everyone was ready to go pretty early with such great conditions.

“The 420’s and the Spitfires had a tough day with 22 knots and pretty rough conditions but we were pleased to get two races in for them and really pleased to have got a full series in for the others.  

“A couple of 420 sailors were saying it was the best sailing they’ve ever had – a cracking start to the week!”

Conditions are set for another great day tomorrow with 15 knots forecast and more sunshine.

To keep up-to-date with all the news as it happens in Weymouth and Portland and follow the racing as it happens on the event blog by visiting www.ryaracingevents.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/youthnationals .


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FILEY REGATTA 2010
5th & 6th June

Due to tide heights this year (we have to be on neaps, to have sufficient safe room on the Beach to berth 200 or so boats), we’ve had to move the Filey Regatta forward a month compared to most years.
We’d be REALLY grateful if you could circulate your members with this information.

Click the image on the left to download a poster for your club- it would be really good if you could print and display this – and draw it your mates’ attention!

Further details from Jim Bryce on 01937 833701 or Jim Bryce

More details on Filey Sailing Club Website
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RIPON SC INVESTS IN RS TERA DINGHIES TO DEVELOP JUNIOR SAILING

 

Ripon Sailing Club is delighted to being taking delivery this month of two new RS Tera dinghies to add to their club fleet.  Vice Commodore, Jennie Clark, bought the boats at the Dinghy Show with monies provided by Harrogate Borough Council’s Community Chest scheme for one boat, and match funding from the club for the second boat.

‘We used the demo fleet of Tera dinghies on our Young Opportunity course last year and soon realised what a great boat this was to have at the club because it fits so well between our Oppies and our Toppers’ commented Jennie.  ‘With 9 Teras now privately owned at the club it was clearly the right time to expand the club fleet and incorporate a couple of Tera dinghies, and the grant funding from Harrogate Borough Council has been a huge boost to the club and our junior sailing scene.  As a Volvo Champion Club we place great store on developing our junior sailors and I am confident that these boats will be very well used.’

The boats will be officially launched at a party at the club on Monday 3 May, when the club will also celebrate the running of their 25th annual Young Opportunity course.  Barbara Darling, who launched the scheme at Ripon SC and ran so many of these courses, will return to the club to present certificates to the children on this year’s course. 


RYA PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, 04 March 2010

Nail biting moments for Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

Club members at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club are holding their breath this week as they wait for the results of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Club of the Year competition.

Having been shortlisted into the top five, club members and the committee will now travel down to London on Saturday 6th March to give a presentation to the judging panel. The panel will announce their decision at an award ceremony at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, London later that afternoon.

The club, which boasts a brand new clubhouse at Grimwith Reservoir, in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park, has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

This strength is due to the hard work and passion of the club Commodore and his team, as club member Phil Whitehead explains:

“Having come from ‘past sell by date’ portabins just 6 months ago, we were amazed to be in the short list of the top five clubs. The successful build of the clubhouse is a result of years of often frustrating legal, financial and planning hurdles, all of which have been overcome by the leadership of our Commodore Jonathan Lister and his team. Through good governance, good timing, bold initiatives, £245,000 from Sport England plus a little luck, we have managed to build a fantastic £700,000 clubhouse.

We really are now able to offer families and trainers the facilities which we have been in the planning for the last 15 years.

Having seen the competition in the RYA Club of the Year Competition we are humbled by our inclusion, as we see our best years regarding increasing participation into this fantastic sport of sailing, yet to come.”

Suzie Blair, RYA Regional Development Officer echoes Phil’s comments and lends her support to the club, “The club members have worked really hard this year organising and running aspects of the RYA OnBoard scheme, and the fact that they have been very successful is largely down to the passion and enthusiasm of the club helpers. They far exceed their predicted OnBoard targets in 2009. I wish them the best of luck in the competition.”


It’s that time of year again and we have another action packed programme organised for you!

Yorkshire/Humber Instructors Conference

Saturday the 13th of March 2010
at West Riding Sailing Club

Laser Performance, Topper and RS Racing are bringing their latest dinghies, Barnet Marine are bringing their 460 RIB and Ultra Sport are bringing their new Bic plastic windsurf board for you to try!

It’s another great opportunity to get 45% off RYA publications and to network with other Instructors.

We have lots of prizes on offer – there is even a prize for the club/centre who brings the most Instructors so spread the word!

With experienced coaches running a mixture of shore based workshops and sessions afloat there is something for everyone – we look forward to seeing you there!

Booking form (pdf)    Program (pdf)    Please note that the deadline for securing a place for this event is the 5th of March




Working together with your County Sports Partnership to get more people on the water

This is a great opportunity to meet the key Sports Development Officers local to your club and find out how you can work with them to increase and improve your clubs marketing, to get support with volunteering, information on funding for your club and much more. A great chance to network with other clubs and Local Authority/Regional Sports Officers.

After the success of last year’s events West Yorkshire Sport & South Yorkshire Sport have arranged further watersports evenings for sailing, canoeing and rowing clubs in their area:

22nd March 2010, The Boathouse, Roundhay Park, Leeds 7pm

To book contact: Vicky Joel 01484 234087 vicky.Joel@wysport.co.uk

West Yorkshire Sport

Tuesday 23rd March English Institute for Sport, Sheffield, 7pm click here to download an invitation  

To book contact: Stuart Rogers 0114 223 5683 stuart.rogers@sysport.co.uk

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Humber Sports Partnership hosts another informative watersports evening

Over 30 people attended the seminar in Hull city centre on the 28th of January. The Humber Sports Partnership hosted an informative evening for all the sailing, canoeing, rowing and angling clubs in the Humber area, six sailing clubs/centres were represented and all found the evening very useful. David Staniforth attended as representative of the RYA Yorkshire/Humber Committee and thinks that, “This really is a fantastic opportunity for clubs to find out what support there is within their Local Authority and Country Sports Partnership. Likewise is great have the different watersports clubs together to work out how we can work together to get more people afloat in the region.”

Humber Watersports Minutes 28.01.10  - download the minutes from the meeting here

 

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Disability Awareness Course

This is organised by RYA Sailability and is FREE to anyone who is currently involved or keen to start supporting people with a disability going afloat. In is an interactive and informative day delivered by an experienced coach, it is a great way to expel the myths and concerns over working with disabilities and to see some of the specialist equipment available.

Otley Sailing Club – 24th of April 2010

For more information contact Peter Fox – Sailability Regional Organiser: pfox119@btinternet.com

Club Rules Advisor Course on the 17th of April

Scarborough Yacht Club – this course is free

To book on contact Steve Russell: steve.win@tiscali.co.uk


News of new regional courses and information

Dinghy Instructor course

Sunderland Yacht Club

Pre entry – 28th of February

Course 26th – 28th March and 2nd – 4th April

Steve Gibbon for more details: stephen.gibbon@btopenworld.com

 

Dinghy Senior Instructors PREP DAYS

Pugneys Country Park 27th March

Scaling Dam SC 28th March

Suzie Blair for more details: suzie.blair@rya.org.uk

Booking form closing date: 8th of March

Start Windsurf Instructor course

Surfstore

5th – 9th of April

Helen Bainbridge for more details: helen.dahab@hotmail.com

Booking form closing date: 8th of March  
Skills workshop at Surfstore on the 14th of March for potential candidates

 

Windsurf Senior Instructors course

North Lincolnshire & Humberside Sailing Club

17th & 18th and 24th & 25th of April

closing date 12th of March

Contact Suzie Blair for more details: suzie.blair@rya.org.uk

Booking form

Dinghy Senior Instructors course

South Shields SC & Pugneys Country Park

8th & 9th and 15th & 16 of May

Suzie Blair for more details: suzie.blair@rya.org.uk

Booking form closing date: 16th of April

Powerboat Instructors course

Teesside Nautical Studies

Dates TBC – please contact for availability

Trevor Forester for more details: trevor_forester@middlesbrough.gov.uk

RYA Small Equipment Grants

Through Sport England the RYA has received a modest amount of funding to award as a small equipment grant. These grants are available to any club or centre that is actively engaging with RYA to increase regular sailing activity.

 

The purpose of these grants is to subsidise, up to 50% of the costs of purchasing additional kit and equipment suitable for increasing or sustaining participation in line with the RYA’s targets. The grant is a one-off payment and clubs will be responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of any equipment purchased under this scheme. Grants can be used to subsidise the following:

 

Purchase of new equipment or kit for use by people engaged in sailing/windsurfing activity i.e. boats and boards, sails.

Purchase of safety craft, engines or other support equipment (these items may be second-hand).

Purchase of new wetsuits, buoyancy aids or wet weather gear for use by members/participants.

 

If you have any other ideas that you would like us to consider funding, please discuss it with your Regional Development Officer, or submit an ‘Expression of Interest’ Form. Any club or centre, in England, that has been accepted by the RYA to be involved in any activities to increase or maintain regular participation by children or adults is eligible to apply for the grants. Guidance Notes & Application FormDaisy


Royal Meteorological Society Meetings

Forthcoming meetings:

John Thornes.    2nd March 2010  7pm - 8:30pm
Cloth workers court, South Lecture Theatre 2 (3.04); University of Leeds.
'Atmospheric Services - What does the atmosphere do for you?'

Dave Cherry.    15th March 2010  8pm - 9pm
Cloth workers court, South Lecture Theatre 2 (3.04); University of Leeds.
Dave Cherry's talk is about adapting Leeds to climate change, specifically to the current UKCIP09 projections. He intends to give 3 examples of applications for transport, e.g. the new trolleybus or bridge investments, and how they are to be adapted in view of future climate.

Ross Reynolds.  14th April 2010 7.30pm
Conference Auditorium at Leeds University. A joint talk with the Institute of Physics and Environmental Physics Group.
"Extreme weather, from Tornadoes to Hurricanes".

For a campus map please click here


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Triple Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Ainslie presents inspirational young sailor with Young Sailor of the Year award

13 year old Emma Labourne from Barrow upon Humber was presented with the prestigious RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Young Sailor of the Year Award 2009 at the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday 9th January.

The RYA Regional Young Sailor awards recognise the outstanding achievements of young sailors across the country and were presented by sailing legend Ben Ainslie, himself a previous winner of the award.

Emma, who is a member of the RYA National Junior Windsurfing Squad, was voted RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Young Sailor of the Year 2009 last autumn by the unanimous verdict of the Regional Committee.

Emma was amongst thirteen RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year winners to receive their awards at the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show. These young sailors have made a significant impact on youth sailing, ranging from gold medal winning achievements and overcoming adversity, to the huge amount of hard work and effort they give back to their clubs.

Emma and her family were treated to an action packed VIP day at the show, thanks to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance.


Regional Young Sailors of the Year presentation at the London International Boat Show

Thirteen of the UK’s most talented and dedicated young sailors will be honoured at this year’s Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show on Saturday 9th January.

They will be presented with their RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year Awards at the show and among the regional winners will be 17yr old Gary Rutherford from Sunderland (winner of the RYA North East Award) and 13 yr old Emma Labourne from Barrow upon Humber (winner of the RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Award). At just 13 years old, Emma will be the youngest recipient at this year’s Award Ceremony. Fantastic achievements all round and a testament to all the dedicated training that takes place every weekend in sailing schools across the UK.

Other announcements at the London International Boat Show include the name of the winner of the YJA Pantaenius National Young Sailor of the Year Award and the winner of the RYA Yachtmaster of the Year Award. The RYA Yachtmaster of the Year Award will be presented by HRH The Princess Royal to the yachtsman or yachtswoman who has excelled and achieved the highest marks in the RYA Yachtmaster qualification in 2009 – one of the most highly sought after qualifications in the boating industry.

For more details about Royal Yachting Association and the London International Boat Show, plus discounted ticket opportunities please visit www.rya.org.uk

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NE OnBoard CO-ordinator - Vacancy
WOULD YOU LIKE TO INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN SAILING AND WINDSURFING?

The RYA is looking to contract an OnBoard Co-ordinator for the North East region.  OnBoard is an RYA project which increases the number of children and young people learning to sail and windsurf, and who subsequently participate in these sports regularly.

For further information, and details on how to apply please contact Suzie Blair suzie.blair@rya.org.uk  tel: 07771 642 933 or catherine.ferguson@rya.org.uk
Application and job description is available at:  www.rya.org.uk/aboutus/jobvacancies/Pages/default.aspx

Closing date for applications:  Friday 8th January 2010
Interview date: Friday the 29th January 2010

Background details can be found here...


Windsurf Instructor Courses 2010

Windsurf Senior Instructor course
25 – 28th March 2010 @ Carsington Watersports
Cost £265 or £125 for volunteers.
Kit will be provided but people can also bring their own.
Booking via 01629 540478 or email enquiries@carsingtonwater.com
Pre requisites
Candidates must first be an RYA start windsurfing instructor and must fulfil the following criteria prior to the SI course:

    • Minimum age 18;
    • Evidence of two seasons full-time instructing as an RYA Windsurfing Start Instructor.
    • Recommendation by a Principal of a Recognised Training Centre. 
    • A valid first aid qualification (RYA small craft or equivalent). Service training is considered adequate.
    • RYA Safety boat certificate

Racing Instructor endorsement
8+9 May 2010 @ Carsington Watersports
Cost £40.  The cost of this course is subsidised by the RYA.
Kit will be provided but people can also bring their own.
Booking via 01629 540478 or email enquiries@carsingtonwater.com

  • Pre requisites
  • Minimum of Start Windsurfing Instructor
  • You must be in possession of a valid RYA Instructor Card to confirm your qualification is registered with the RYA. (If you have never received a card, please consult with the windsurfing trainer who ran your course)
  • You must have experience of running at least 2-3 Start Windsurfing Courses prior to submitting a course booking form

(This course has replaced the T15 Coach course)


Regional Racing Rules Advisers programmes:
Winter 2009-2010

Would your club benefit from an evening talk from our regional rules advisor?    Further details here...


Two local sailors honoured in RYA National awards

Two local sailors have been honoured with Lifetime Commitment Awards by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association).

Dennis Altoft of Ripon Sailing Club and Ron Clark of the White Rose Sailing Association were presented with their awards by HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony in London last week.

Both men were nominated for their awards, in secret, by their respective committees.

“I was so surprised when I received the letter,” exclaimed Ron Clark. “I was the last person in the whole club to know!”

“Ron has been a member of the 50 year old White Rose Sailing Association (WRSA) for 40 years, by far the longest serving member,” explained Jenny Byers on behalf of the WRSA Committee. “Any problems at all, we always say “ask Ron” and he always understands the problem and what has to be done. We have come to rely on Ron as the ‘father’ of the club and many members do not realise just how much he does and has done over the years behind the scenes. Every successful club needs a ‘Ron’!”

Until recently, Ron’s dedication to the WRSA was mirrored by his wife Patricia who unfortunately died a few years ago. “I would very much like to pay tribute to my wife and the support she gave me over the years,” said Ron. “I would also like to thank Di Weatherall, the Commodore, and her committee. My sister accompanied me to the presentation and The Princess Royal was so nice and very welcoming.”

Dennis Altoft, from Ripon Sailing Club echoed Ron’s thanks. “I feel very honoured to have been nominated for the award. I’ve been a member of Ripon Sailing Club for 36 years, since it was just a wooden hut and at 77 years of age I hope I have many more years left to serve!”

“Dennis is a true gentleman,” said Ripon Vice Commodore Jenny Clark. “His enthusiasm is infectious and he is a mine of information. The fact that we have a continual flow of sailors, from novices through to our racing fleet, thereby keeping the club alive, is largely due to Dennis’s efforts. Despite being retired, he continues to devote his time and energy to the club and recently helped with a major club improvement project. In all, Dennis continues to do his bit, year after year. We’d be lost without him!”

Rod Carr, RYA Chief Executive said, “The RYA is delighted to make these awards to Ron and Dennis in recognition of their enthusiasm and promotion of our sport and their years of contribution to the region’s sailing scene. The work and voluntary time that all 49 RYA winners put into our sport is simply outstanding and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate this through these awards.”

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Ron Clark       

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Humber Mouth Yacht Club secretary receives national award
John Clegg

John Clegg, past Commodore, Training Principal and Secretary of the Humber Mouth Yacht Club, was presented with a Lifetime Commitment Award by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) last week.

John, who in his own words, has been Secretary of the Humber Mouth Yacht Club for more years than he cares to remember, was nominated for his award in secret by the Club Committee.

“John has been involved with Humber Mouth Yacht Club for the past 42 years,” explained Club Commodore, Sue Culton. “During that time he has steered the club through quite a few changes, successfully established the sailing school and over the years has introduced hundreds of youngsters to the sport. In fact John is the main-stay of the club and he is passionately interested in training young people. He always gives generously of his time and he and his wife have worked tirelessly for the club and its members.”

The Commodore’s last comment was echoed by John himself after receiving the award from HRH The Princess Royal at the ceremony in London.

“I would very much like to thank everyone who I have worked with at the club over the years,” said John. “Receiving this award is truly a team honour. In particular my thanks go to my wife Kay who has been such a support, both to myself and to the club.”

Rod Carr, RYA Chief Executive said, “The RYA is delighted to make this award in recognition of John’s enthusiasm and promotion of our sport and many years’ contribution to the region’s sailing scene. The work and voluntary time that all 49 RYA winners put into our sport is simply outstanding and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate this through these awards.”


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ONBOARD COMMITMENT AWARD FOR LOCAL SAILING OFFICER

Liz Wrigglesworth, from Crofton, Wakefield received one of the first ever RYA RS Sailing OnBoard Awards last week in recognition of her outstanding work as the Yorkshire RYA OnBoard Development Officer (ODO) at a special ceremony held at the Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Liz was awarded the ‘Commitment’ award, recognising her efforts to go the extra mile, working with sailing clubs and centres, involving and encouraging schools to take up the sport, and motivating volunteers. She has hosted a number of fun filled OnBoard festivals this year, even stepping in when two of these were outside the OB area she covers.

Liz, 22, oversees five local OnBoard sailing clubs in the area, providing young people ages eight to 18 with the opportunity to get into sailing and windsurfing.

“I am really pleased and proud to have won this award, which came as a complete surprise at the dinner,” said Liz. “Working as an ODO in Yorkshire can often be a challenge as we do not have a big sailing culture, but there are some great sailing clubs around and I enjoy working with them to raise the profile of sailing in the region. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to start sailing at a young age and it's great that I can now help give more young people that opportunity.”

Victoria Lenz, RYA OnBoard manager said: “The work done by the 30 OnBoard Development Officers across the country is pivotal to the programme and we have introduced these awards to recognise all the hard work the team put in to making it such a success. Liz is a dedicated and respected member of the team who presents an extremely positive example for OnBoard and the RYA. She always goes out of her way to help her clubs and ensures she is available to support them. She goes the extra mile to inspire people to get involved with sailing and windsurfing. Many of whom remain a permanent participant of the sport.”

The Commitment Award was one of three presented at the OB annual conference dinner; prizes were also awarded for Performance and Innovation. Proud sponsors of the awards were RS Sailing who presented the three winners with specially commissioned trophies to mark their achievements.  These perpetual trophies will go on to be presented to future winners of the RYA RS Sailing OnBoard Awards.


Goodison named Athlete of the Year at Skandia Team GBR awards
Paul Goodison
 

Britain’s sailors celebrated their bumper year in style at the fourth annual Skandia Team GBR Awards Dinner, held at the DeVere Hotel, Wokefield Park, on Friday (20 November), with Laser star Paul Goodison collecting the top prize of the evening.

The 31-year-old picked up the British Olympic Association’s Athlete of the Year Award for sailing after adding the World and European titles this year to his Olympic gold from Beijing, and remaining unbeaten in five of the six regattas he sailed in during 2009.

Both sailors and support staff were honoured at the event, celebrating the team’s achievements during 2009 which saw a total of 52 medals won at World and European Championships and ISAF Sailing World Cup events.

The first prize winners of the evening were announced by Trevor Hatton of team silver sponsor Accenture, who unveiled the winners of the ‘Accenture Rewards and Recognition Programme’ for 2009.

Now in its fourth year, this incentive scheme encourages Skandia Team GBR sailors and support staff to vote to decide which of them had  this year best displayed one of three of the team’s core values of ‘Passion’, ‘Committed to Excellence’ and ‘Gold Driven’.  Cash awards of £1,500 were up for grabs for the each of the four winners, and £500 each for the runners-up and the top-voted Development Squad sailor in each category.

Head Physiotherapist Chris Gordon picked up the overall prize for ‘Passion’, while Pete Cunningham, head of the Sports Science team, was chosen as the person most ‘Committed to Excellence’ for the fourth successive year, jointly claiming the prize this time with the team’s Technical Projects Manager Peter Bentley.

Nick Dempsey was voted as the most ‘Gold Driven’ of the team, chosen for his focus and determination in bouncing back from his fourth place in Beijing last year to claim the World Championship title in home waters in September.

RS:X Youth World Champion Izzy Hamilton was crowned Skandia Team GBR Development Squad Sailor of the Year, having been voted upon her peers as the sailor deemed most talented and committed.

The ‘Golden Funnel’ award for coaching excellence, was presented to Finn coach Matt Howard while the evening also saw performance bonus cheques handed out by RYA Olympic Manager Stephen Park to numerous sailors who’d medalled at major regattas during 2009.

“The evening is really the one opportunity we take every year to celebrate the success of all our fantastic sailors – and indeed the support staff – but particularly the sailors,” explained Park on the significance of the evening for Skandia Team GBR.

“We’re often not very good at that – we spend the majority of the other 364 days of the year focusing on the little differences between winning and losing and trying to fill that gap.  But this is the one day a year we say let’s let our hair down, let’s celebrate the great success and also reward those who’ve brought home the medals and done such a fantastic job for Great Britain.

“We’ve ended the year on a high, and we’ve ended the year successfully and have certainly reinforced our position as being the top Olympic Classes sailing nation in the world.”

Check out video from the Skandia Team GBR Awards Dinner at www.skandiateamgbr.com

Full list of winners:
British Olympic Association Athlete of the Year:
Paul Goodison (Laser)

Skandia Team GBR Development Squad Sailor of the Year:
Izzy Hamilton (RS:X)

Accenture Rewards and Recognition Programme:
“Passion”
Winner:  Chris Gordon (Head Physiotherapist)
Runner-up: Harvey Hillary (49er coach)
Development Squad winner:  Alison Young (Laser Radial)

“Committed to Excellence”
Winners: Peter Cunningham (Head Sports Scientist) & Peter Bentley (Technical Projects Manager
Development Squad winner:  Alison Young (Laser Radial)

“Gold Driven”
Winner: Nick Dempsey (RS:X)
Runner-up: Paul Goodison (Laser)
Development Squad winner:  Mark Andrews (Finn)

‘Golden Funnel’ Award for Coaching Excellence
Matt Howard (Finn coach)

Performance bonuses presented to:
Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell – SKUD
(Gold – IFDS World Championships)

Paul Goodison – Laser
(Gold – World Championships; Gold – European Championships)

Luke Patience & Stuart Bithell - 470
(Silver – 470 World Championships)

John Pink & Rick Peacock – 49er
(Silver – 49er World Championships)

Nick Dempsey – RS:X
(Gold – RS:X World Championships)

Iain Percy & Andrew Simpson – Star
(Star European Championships)

Paul Brotherton & Mark Asquith – 49er
(Silver – 49er European Championships)

Ed Wright – Finn
(Bronze – Finn European Championship)

Nick Thompson – Laser
(Bronze – Laser World Championships)

Bryony Shaw – RS:X
(Bronze – RS:X European Championships)

Helena Lucas – 2.4mR
(Bronze – IFDS World Championships)


Dennis Altoft (Ripon Sailing Club) receives his award from HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA

HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA, presented the annual RYA Community and RYA Awards at the 2009 RYA AGM on Thursday 19 November
A total of 49 volunteer awards were presented to winners hailing from across the UK from as far afield as the Isle of Wight to Scotland.
Forty-nine Community Awards were projected across three categories recognising; Lifetime Commitment, Outstanding Contribution and Youth.
All the winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch and were presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate by HRH, The Princess Royal.
Rod Carr Chief Executive of the RYA said: “Every one of the Award winners has exceeded the reasonable expectations of their fellow volunteers, club members and the boating community in general and the amount of work they put in is outstanding. These people are an inspiration to us all and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate their sheer hard work and commitment through these awards.”

To see more about these awards and a short video of the event look here...


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Climb OnBoard at Otley Sailing Club

Otley Sailing Club has been awarded the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Yorkshire OnBoard Club of the Year trophy for 2009 after a successful year of youth training.

As a climax to a fantastic sailing season, RYA OnBoard Development Officer, Liz Wrigglesworth, visited the final training day of the season and surprised all the sailors and volunteers by presenting them with the award. Liz said “This award is to recognise all the hard work of Otley Sailing Club’s instructors and volunteers. Without them the OnBoard scheme simply wouldn’t happen, and these young people wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go sailing. The whole club should be proud of what they have achieved this year.”

 

Following an OnBoard taster session at the beginning of the season for students from three local schools, the regular youth training club has been going from strength to strength with as many as 35 members attending.

“We run the "Otley Pirates" Youth Sailing Club on a Sunday Morning, explained Antony Cam, Club Training Officer. “The club is open to anyone who is confident in the water, regardless of age or ability, and is run under the RYA's OnBoard scheme.  All attendees receive instruction in sailing, in fun and safe sessions run by RYA Qualified Instructors and Volunteers.”

The youth club has seen so many new members this year that it has now been split into two sections. The newer members are developing their skills working through the RYA stages, whilst the more advanced sailors are moving on to race training with the hope that they will be able to progress on to club and regional racing.

The members of Otley SC hope to continue their good work next season. They plan to encourage more of their young sailors into club and squad racing, as well as integrating the OnBoard and Sailability schemes to allow more young disabled sailors to access the youth club.
Anyone interested in joining the fun at Otley can get OnBoard by visiting the club’s website at www.otley-sailingclub.co.uk or by contacting the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Development Officer, Liz Wrigglesworth, on 07789 271810 (email: lwrigglesworth@wakefield.gov.uk)

Run by sailing’s National Governing Body, the RYA, OnBoard is a highly successful industry supported grass roots programme which seeks to make sailing easier to get into for young people. Over a ten year period the programme aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track. For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk.


The Eric Twiname Memorial Trust and 'Start to Win'
Earlier this year, the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust was generously assigned the author's copyright of 'Start to Win', written by Eric Twiname in 1973. Out of print for over 20 years, Adlard Coles (now Adlard Coles Nautical, part of A & C Black Publishers) have recently republished this classic - now in its 3rd Edition and substantially re-designed, with a Foreward by Ben Ainslie and an
updated Rules section by Bryan Willis to accord with the 2009-2012 ISAF Rules.

Read more here...

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Fantastic achievements of our northern windsurfers in the recent RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships held down in Weymouth at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

Special praise should go to 13yr old Robert York (pictured right) from Covenham Sailing Club who nailed the boys 6.8m class ahead of stiff competition.

The competition took place over the 31st Oct/1st Nov and the winds on the second day made further racing impossible, therefore the results of the classes were decided by the races on the saturday.

From my post last week you will notice that our regional "Ones to Watch" were:

RS-X Youth under 19 (class places in brackets)
George Bowles - North Lincs (4th overall, 3rd men under 20 and 1st place RSX Youth)
Connor Bainbridge - Halifax (12th overall, 7th men under 20 and 5th RSX Youth male)
Cloe Bennett - Rotherham (20th overall, 6th place female under 20 and 6th RSX Youth female)

7.8m Techno (class places in brackets)
Joe Bennett - Rotherham (8th overall and 6th boys under 17
Luke Raistrick - Wakefield (2nd overall and 2nd boys under 17)

6.8m Techno (class places in brackets)
Emma Labourne - North Lincs (8th overall and 2nd place under 15 female)
Max Bushell - North Lincs (3rd overall and 3rd place boys under 15)
Robert York - Covenham (1st overall and 1st place boys under 15)
Robert Griffiths - North Lincs (5th overall and 4th place boys under 15)

Fantastic results. In all, 40 competitors took part in the combined Techno fleet and well over 100 competitors took part in the event in total.

Robert York

Robert York
Picture credit Jon Parker (RYA)


Yorkshire & Humberside powerboaters rev up for Honda RYA national championships

Young powerboating enthusiasts from around the UK will be taking part in the national finals of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship on Sunday 13th September at the Southampton Boat Show.

Among the competitors in this fantastic competition will be the regional winners from last month’s RYA Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Final.

In the regional final back in August, 12 year old Alex Almond from Brough became the region’s junior Honda RIB Champion and he will compete at Southampton for the first time in the Junior final against other 8 to 12 yr olds from around the UK.
In the Youth Class, 16 year old Daniel Walton from Goole won the Regional Youth Class and he will also be travelling down to Southampton with his eye on winning the national prize for the youth class (13 to 16 yr olds).

Each age group will be racing for the coveted champion’s title as well as one of two 4.8m Ribcraft RIB powerboat with a 50hp Honda four stroke engine complete with an Indespension trailer and Icom IC-M505 VHF radio – one complete RIB package for each class.

Each competitor needs to manoeuvre around a pre-set course in the quickest time, which includes elements such as man over board, reversing around a buoy and high speed boat handling, testing their skill, control as well as speed. Any mistake could incur a time penalty meaning the difference between the title and coming in amongst the field.

Andrew Norton, RYA Motor Cruising Projects Manager and Event Director said: “There has been some exceptional talent take to the water throughout the competition this year so I’m expecting some fierce competition and exciting races across both classes at the final.”

The 2009 champion will be named at the winner’s presentation held on the Honda stand (C62) at 18.00, where the winners will receive their prizes, presented to them by Honda UK’s National Sales Manager Steve Morris and the RYA’s Deputy Chairman Tom Blackburn. Jason Purvey, Sales and Marketing Director for Ribcraft and representatives from Icom and Indespension will also be on hand to congratulate the champions.

Now in its eighth year the Championship allows youngsters to demonstrate their skills as expert boat handlers and improve their skills in a safe, controlled environment. To ensure safety at all times each child is accompanied in the RIB by a competent adult/instructor.
Thanks to Championship sponsors Honda, Ribcraft, ICOM and Indespension Trailers.
For more information about the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship, details on how to get involved and a list of regional finals scores visit www.rya.org.uk

For more information, please call Liz King (RYA Yorkshire & Humberside PR Communicator) on 07850 819804 or email liz@visiblemedia.uk.com


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Goodison takes first World Championship gold

Sailing Olympic champion Paul Goodison has added a long-awaited first World Championship title to his belt, claiming an emphatic gold at the Laser Worlds which drew to a close in Halifax, Canada, on Wednesday (26 August).

In spite of losing two days of the six day event – one day with too much wind courtesy of Hurricane Bill, the next with too little – the 31-year-old kept his cool throughout to add the world title to his Olympic and European crowns. 

More images of the Championships can be found here...


Yorkshire Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society -If you are interested in attending this talk please register for a place on this website.  There are a limited number of places available, so early registration is advisable.
The first speaker is BBC's Paul Hudson, on 26 November 2009.  The future programme is still very much in its infancy, but topics that have been proposed include climate change, gardening and weather, sea breezes and cloud formation, weather and art and weather and photography.  Other possible talks include climate/meteorology relating to buildings, energy and observations.
We are intending to cover a wide range of weather related topics and hopefully some of your members (or their family/friends) will find one or more of them of interest. We are pitching the level at the old 'Horizon' level (A-level or first year degree) which people should find well within their grasp. 

If we can get enough attendances from the sailing world there is a good possibility of getting talks more specific to sailing; weather and sport, forecasting, reading the weather from the sky, etc, so please encourage your members to attend.

 

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Are you a Level 2 Race Coach who is interested in becoming a Dinghy Senior Instructor?

There has always been a pathway from Race Coach to SI, however attending an SI Course having only completed the race coach training is a big step for most people. SI course attendees are usually experienced Dinghy instructors however we realise that attending a five day course is a big commitment and not always viable for those volunteers working in clubs.

A Senior Instructor can be Chief Instructor at an RYA Training Centre and as such supervises and manages instructors delivering sessions from the RYA Schemes. The RYA is putting on two day bridging Course that will help Race Coaches learn more about Training Centre operations and most importantly about the sessions that a Dinghy Instructor delivers from the National and Youth Sailing Schemes. This course is designed to assess the differences in knowledge and help fill any gaps. At the end of the course you will receive guidance as to the nexts steps to SI.

The course will be taking place at Grafham Water centre on the 19th/20th September. Places are limited (minimum numbers will be required to make the course viable), but if interested please submit a basic sailing/coaching CV (Contacts Below) and a covering letter detailing why you would like to become an SI. The deadline for this is 1st September. The course will cost £100 and will include coaching, use of facilities, equipment and resources, all meals and accomodation on the Saturday night. If you are involved in developing adult sailing at your club you may be able to ask your Regional Development Officer if there is any funding available to subsidise the course cost.

It’s time for the
RYA York’s & HumberEnd of Season BLAST!

It's a fun informal training day for all RYA Dinghy and Windsurf Instructors

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
Saturday the 17th of October 2009
(10am – 4pm)

Get some personal skills input from Top Coaches
Try out different boats & boards
Meet other instructors
It’s your End of Season REWARD

All that for just £5 and that includes your lunch!
There are LIMITED PLACES so book now so you don’t miss the fun
Booking forms must be in by the 5th of October 2009

A great opportunity not to be missed – see you there!

Poster (PDF)    Booking form (PDF)    Programme (PDF)

Regional courses - Sptember 2009 onwards

region

course

venue

date

YH

Pre Entry Powerboat Instructor

Pugneys Country Park

September 5

YH

Pre Entry DI

Pennine SC

September 6

YH

Dinghy Instructor

Otley SC & Pennine SC

September 11-13 & 18-20

NE|YH

SI Dinghy

Venue Venue TBC coastal & inland

September 12/13 & 19/20

YH

Performance

Venue TBC

September 26/27

NE

Coastal Endorsement

Tynemouth SC

October 10/11

YH

Powerboat Instructor

Pugneys Country Park

October 3/4 & 10

YH

Pre Entry DI

Pugneys Country Park

October 11

YH

Start Windsurf Instructor

Pugneys Country Park

Oct 17/18, 24,25 & 31/ 1 Nov

NE

Multihull Endorsement

South Shields SC

November 7/8

YH

Racing - Windsurf

Rother Valley

November 7/8

YH

Dinghy Instructor

Pugneys Country Park

November 14/15, 21/22 & 28/29

YH

Advanced Dinghy

Rother Valley

November 21/22

For courses at Pugneys Country Park please contact: Pugneys directly 01924 302360  pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk
For all other courses please contact: Suzie Blair:  RYA Development Officer - North East and Yorkshire 07771 642933 suzie.blair@rya.org.uk


Wake up and get onboard
Ten young sailors from the Wakefield and Featherstone area had a great time when they took part in the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Yorkshire OnBoard Festival and visited the National School Sailing Association Regatta at Bridlington.

The youngsters, from RYA OnBoard partnership clubs and schools including Pugneys Country Park Sailing Centre, West Riding Sailing Club and St Thomas’ Junior School, learned about tides and waves and how the wind affects the sea.
After watching the start of the regatta it was time for the Wakefield youngsters to take to the water in Wayfarers and Teras, and for all of them this was their first taste of sailing on the sea, a big leap from Pugneys Country Park!
Although the aim of the visit was to gently introduce the youngsters into sailing a few informal prizes were awarded!
On Monday ‘Wettest sailor of the day’ went to Daniel Thompson aged 9 from Normanton who has sailed at Pugneys Country Park Junior Club for the past year after attending a summer holiday course at the centre.
Following that, on Tuesday ‘Best wave surf in a Tera’ went to Daniel Watson aged 10 from Featherstone, who started sailing in September 2008 with St Thomas’ school through the school’s OnBoard programme.

“This was the first OnBoard festival in the Yorkshire region and all the participants and instructors had a fantastic time,” said Liz Wrigglesworth, the RYA Yorkshire OnBoard Development Officer. “It was a great opportunity for the young sailors to get a taste of a large National Regatta, hopefully it has given them something to aspire to in the future.”

Run by sailing’s National Governing Body, the RYA, OnBoard is a highly successful industry supported grass roots programme which seeks to make sailing easier to get into for young people. Over a ten year period the programme aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track. For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website www.ruob.co.uk.

Attached photographs:
Image 1 - Participants at start of day 1, Left to Right back row: Tom Robinson, Sam Jackson, Middle row: Fiona Sharples, Tom Hill, Morgan Cerrone, Nicola Dinsdale, Caroline Goldsbrough, Front row: Daniel Thompson, Abigail Yare, Hannah Thompson, Edward Yare
Image 2 - Tom Hill and Nicola Dinsdale in a Tera
Image 3 - Pippa Nottingham, Elena Trowsdale, George Fealy and instructor Tim Dean in the wayfarer

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Goodison makes it five in a row at Laser Europeans

Olympic sailing gold medallist Paul Goodison staked a confident claim ahead of this month’s Laser World Championship by clinching his fifth straight European title in Sweden today (Saturday 8 August).

The 31-year-old from Rotherham notched up a convincing win after six days racing in Landskrona, bouncing back from a disappointing opening day where he was disqualified for a premature start in race one, to claim overall victory.

The Skandia Team GBR sailor is now unbeaten on the international circuit since taking gold at the Beijing Olympic Games a year ago, winning his comeback event at the French leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in April, before adding further World Cup titles to his belt in Holland and Kiel in May and June prior to his latest European success.

“I was surprised at how early after coming back after my break after the Games that I started getting back to winning again,”  Goodison explained, “and when you’re sailing well that obviously helps with the confidence. “

Of his Europeans performance, he recalled: “I was pretty annoyed after the first day here when I was black flagged in the first race and then dropped from fourth to eighth in the second race.  I gave myself a kick up the backside and refocused and managed to sail pretty well for the rest of the week to get a good lead heading into the last day today.

“I didn’t sail particularly well today I did enough to keep off the Croatian and the Cypriot who were the only ones who could beat me, so I’m pretty chuffed and it’s great to be European Champion again.”

Goodison has a quick turnaround in the UK before heading out to Canada early next week in preparation for the World Championship, where he’s hopeful his form will continue.

“Since coming back from the Games, the Worlds has been the one win I’ve really wanted and the whole year has been geared towards preparing for that,” Goodison explained.

“Although I can’t go there thinking that the title’s mine, I’m pretty happy with the way I’m sailing so there’s no reason not to be confident of doing well there.”

Lymington’s Nick Thompson also scored a top five finished for Skandia Team GBR at the Laser Europeans, while RYA Volvo National Youth Squad sailor Robert Holmes won the Under 19 Laser European title, with fellow youth sailor Alex Mills-Barton second.

Meanwhile, up the Swedish coast in Varberg, Skandia Team GBR’s John Gimson and Ed Greig finished their first ever Star World Championship on Saturday in 29th place out of the competitive 86 boat fleet.  USA’s George Szabo and Rick Peters took the World Championship title.

For full results from the Laser European Championship, visit http://www.nordicweek.se/resultat_2009.asp, or http://www.giveandgo.se/vss/racing_results.asp for the Star World Championship final standings.

For all the latest news on Skandia Team GBR’s sailors in action around the world visit www.skandiateamgbr.com

 

RYA Club and Coach conference 5th or 6th December 2009

The RYA Club and Coach Conferences are aimed at all those with an interest in or involved in delivering, planning or coordinating club training, racing and coaching for both juniors and adults.To reserve a place go to www.ryaracingevents.org.uk and follow the link on the left hand side for coaching courses.  You can then fill in an online application for the conference of your choice
The conference should inspire committees, active volunteers and coaches with new ideas to start planning their next season's programme.
There will be updates from your RYA High Performance Manager and RYA Regional Development Officers on what is new including essential information for your club on any funding available.
There will be a choice of workshops so you can select the one most relevant to your needs and guest speakers on specialist topics.
It is also an opportunity for coaches to revalidate their Level 2 Racing Coach Certificate.
It is free to Volvo RYA Champion Clubs or for clubs working with their Regional Development Officer/Regional Club Coach to develop adult participation; otherwise it will be £10 per person.
The conferences will run from 10.00 to 16.00
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Team15 – North Zone final at Covenham – Sunday 12th July

For the final time this summer, young windsurfers from all over the North of England will compete in the RYA North Zone Team15 event. The fleet will collect at Covenham Reservoir (between Grimsby and Louth) this weekend for the deciding event, to see which club takes the RYA North Zone Team15 Championship 2009.
For more details and to gain access to the club please call Derrick Hall at Covenham Sailing & Windsurfing Club on 07795 397874 or email derrickhall@hotmail.com

RYA Team15 Windsurfing Competition 2009 - North Lincs Invaders leave the fleet in their wake

Round three

The Derwent Devils welcomed the Team15 fleet to Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club on Sunday 28th June for the third event in the four match series. This was the first Team15 event ever to be held at the Reservoir and some members of the fleet had difficulty finding the correct county never mind the right lake! However, everyone arrived safely, to one of the windiest sailing clubs in England; on Sunday however, the wind chose to have an off-day. Despite the light winds, grey skies and drizzle the competitors had a fantastic weekend, training and racing, thanks to the hospitality of Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club.

Despite a variety of holiday and exam commitments, 44 youngsters (all 15yrs and under) took part, separated into classes by sail size. As usual, the biggest fleet was in the 3.5m class with eighteen young windsurfers all battling to be first. Six members of the newly formed Derwent Devils took part in this class, ranging in age from eight year old Charlie Tose, the youngest member of the Team15 fleet, up to fourteen year old Izzy Bolt and Lottie Philips. The winner of the 3.5m fleet was eleven year old Oliver Anderson from Pugneys Pirates, winning four out of the five races. Oliver was chased in every race by Jacob Newton and Lewis Russell from North Lincs Invaders.

The competition in the larger sail classes was equally well fought, especially in the 4.5m class, with the North Lincs Invaders scoring a clean sweep from 1st to 5th place. First and second places in this class were separated by just one point between 12yr old Charlotte Seal and the eventual winner, 11yr old Jordan Houran. Max Bushell continued the winning form for North Lincs by winning the 6.8m class but the Invaders did not have it all their own way and the crown in the 5.5m class went to 13yr old Kathryn Durham from Pugneys Pirates.

For the third time in the series the team prize went to North Lincs Invaders who are now leaving the other North Zone Team15 clubs in their wake. With one more event left in the four match series the North Zone 2008 Team15 Champions look invincible in 2009.

The next round of the RYA North Zone Team15 championship moves to the far south of the zone in July, when the competition calls in at Covenham Reservoir, Lincolnshire on Sunday 12th July

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Izzy Junior fleet
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RYA Team15 results
Derwent Reservoir (to 5th place)

3.5m
1.  Oliver Anderson                             Pugneys Pirates
2.  Lewis Rssell                                    Nth Lincs Invaders
3.  Jacob Newton                                 Nth Lincs Invaders
4.  Benjamin Calvert                            Pugneys Pirates
5.  Jack Dunn                                      Nth Lincs Invaders

4.5m
1.  Jordan Houran                                Nth Lincs Invaders
2.  Charlotte Seal                                 Nth Lincs Invaders
3.  Jack Lennon                                   Nth Lincs Invaders
4.  Ben Welch                                      Nth Lincs Invaders
5.  Max Butler                                      Nth Lincs Invaders

5.5m
1.  Kathryn Durham                             Pugneys Pirates
2.  Robert Griffiths                              Nth Lincs Invaders
3.  Lewis May                                      Nth Lincs Invaders
4.  Noah Knapton                                Derwent Devils
5.  Alex Baldock                                  Covenham Cyclones

6.8m
1.  Max Bushell                                   Nth Lincs Invaders
2.  Joe Dickinson                                 Covenham Cyclones
3.  Luke Raistrick                                Pugneys Pirates
4.  Robert York                                    Covenham Cyclones 
5.  Tom Harding                                  Pugneys Pirates

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Supported by industry leaders Neilson, Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde, T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level. Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low – to find your local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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DINGHY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE

20 – 24TH July 2009

SAILING AT GRIMWITH RESERVOIR IN THE HEART OF THE YORKSHIRE DALES

 AND STAYING AT BEWERLEY PARK CENTRE FOR OUTDOOR EDUCATION

COST £320 (includes food and accommodation)

Pre entry assessment planned for Fri 26th June (pm)

Please apply as soon as possible to erica.caswell@northyorks.gov.uk
Tel: 01423 711287 (day)/ 01423 712154 (evening)

 

RYA Yorkshire & Humber Yearbook   PDF version for download


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RYA INTRODUCES NEW TEAM15 AMBASSADORS

In a bid to encourage even more youngsters to sign up to Team15 (T15) and to help in the education of young sailors, many of whom are new to windsurfing and windsurfing competition, the RYA has signed up ‘Team15 Ambassadors’.

The new ambassadors are made up of youngsters from the RYA Zone Squads, who typically range between eight and 15 years old and are tasked with helping develop their Team15 club by promoting Team15 and the RYA pathway and Zone Squad programme to other young sailors.

The ambassadors will also represent the RYA at Team15 inter-club events and act as a point of contact for the sailors who may have questions about the zone squad and other training opportunities.

One of the new ambassadors from the RYA North zone squad and has been a member of Team15 for three years said: “I am 11 years old and love windsurfing. Being a member of the RYA North Zone Squad I feel there are lots of skills that I can pass on to my Team15 friends. I am happy to help out and get involved promoting the Team15 initiative to others; I have already introduced 4 new children to come and join our Team15 club this spring.”

Gillian Wright, RYA Windsurfing Development Officer said: “The ambassadors are a great way for the youngsters to share their skills and knowledge with other young sailors.  All the kids taking part as so enthusiastic, but with some events having 50 plus competitors they are going to have their work cut out for them.”

The first Team15 Ambassadors were presented with their certificates and specially designed rash vests at a recent Zone Squad training weekend.  The ambassadors included:

Rob Griffiths               (North Lincs Invaders)
Robert York               (Covenham Cyclones)
Lewis May                 (North Lincs Invaders)
Jack Bailey                (Team Astbury)
Emma Labourne      (North Lincs Invaders)
Max Bushell              (North Lincs Invaders)
Ruben Lansley        (North Lincs Invaders)
James Bloor              (Team Astbury)
Ben Stone                 (Team Astbury)
Catriona Hards         (Hythe Hotshots)
Cameron Moffatt      (Bewl Blasters)
Jack Trollope            (Alton Water Wipeouts)
Matthew Barton        (Alton Water Wipeouts)
Emily Hall                  (Notts County Outlaws)
Sarah Jackson         (Team Astbury)
Luke Raistrick           (Pugneys Pirates)
Rich Wardle              (Team Astbury)

So if you’re a windsurfer in one of the RYA Zone Squads and would like to apply to become a Team15 ambassador, then email team15@rya.org.uk for an application form.

T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level and is supported by industry leaders Neilson, Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde.  Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills.

To find out how you or your local club can get involved in Team15 visit: www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

Windwise Live Tour 2009!

Simon Bornhoft Boards Magazine Technique Editor
Architect of ‘Fastfwd’ the RYA coaching methodology for improver to advanced windsurfers.
Author of RYA Intermediate & RYA Advanced Windsurfing books
 
Windwise Live 2009!

Simon Bornhoft invites you to a unique interactive audio-visual windsurfing seminar show at a fabulous location near you this summer!
 
A special night of pure windsurfing indulgence! Don’t miss this illuminating, informative and entertaining evening.
From beginners to waves sailors this is a must for all windsurfers! This summer evening will give you an interactive, insightful and very enjoyable night hosted by one of the worlds most experienced coaches.
 
You’ll discovery how YOU really learn new skills! Find out what ‘Secrets of the Pros’ are actually useful for the recreational windsurfer!
Windsurfing myths and mysteries expelled! Interactive sessions on what truly makes the difference on the water.
Skills Training, Body Mechanics and a fresh motivating approach to your windsurfing!

Plus all attendees will get their own personal progress plan and much, much more!

Are YOU up for the challenge and ready to bring YOUR windsurfing alive in 2009!

Why not bring a friend and introduce someone new to windsurfing!

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RYA Dinghy Performance Sailing Module – for Dinghy Instructors
09:30 – 17:00
These weekends are intended for Dinghy Instructors to aid with their personal skills development and work towards becoming an Advanced Instructor. The course is heavily subsidised by the RYA so it’s a bargain at only £50 plus vat!

  1. 27 & 28 June                       Pugneys Country Park                  pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk or 01924 302360

  2. 18 & 19 July                         Rother Valley Water Sports        watersports@rvcp.co.uk or 0114 2471452 ext 1

  3. 15 & 16 August                   Wykeham Watersports                info@wykehamwatersports.co.uk or 0845 4560164 

  4. 12 & 13 September           Venue TBC                                        Depends upon demand...                       

Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment – Booking form and course fee to be sent to RDO
For further information please contact David Clarke: OneDBClarke@aol.com

Please download, complete and return your booking form to secure your place:
booking form Pugneys    booking form Rother Valley      booking form Wykeham


Rotherham youngster sails to RYA Eric Twiname glory

Young Wingfield windsurfer Chloe Bennett is celebrating after landing a top prize at the 2009 RYA Eric Twiname Championships – one of Britain’s biggest events for the country’s brightest junior sailing talents.

Now in their 23rd year, the Championships are the pinnacle of the racing calendar for the RYA Zone and Home Country squads, which are the first rung on the ladder towards Olympic Classes sailing.

Some 226 sailors – all aged between eight and 15 and representing the nine RYA Zone and Home Country squads - descended on Rutland Water this weekend (9-10 May) in a bid to help their Zone land the coveted Eric Twiname Shield and be named the top RYA Zone.

And 15-year-old Chloe enjoyed an excellent weekend winning the top girls’ trophy for the Bic Techno 7.8 class. Her victory also meant that Chloe helped her Zone, the North Zone, to third place overall in the race for the Eric Twiname Shield.

Although breezes of 15 plus knots guaranteed a cracking first day of racing on Saturday, the wind wasn’t quite so willing to play ball on Sunday and with no further racing possible on day two the overnight leaders in the dinghy and windsurfing classes were crowned 2009 RYA Eric Twiname champions.    

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, said: “The standard of racing on Saturday was the highest I have seen at this event for some years. In some shifty, gusty winds, sometimes over 20 knots, all the sailors did really well to hang in there and keep focussed for the full four races and it was great to see the level of skill being displayed.

“This is testament to the work the sailors have put in with their coaches over the winter and the fact that the RYA Eric Twiname Championships is held in such high regard by everyone. I was really impressed this weekend.”

John Derbyshire, RYA Racing Manager / Performance Director added: “The RYA Eric Twiname Championships are a fundamental rung in the development ladder for the young sailors, some of whom will have started at the absolute grassroots through the RYA’s OnBoard and Team15 programmes and for those who we hope will eventually go on to represent Britain as seniors at the World’s biggest Olympic Classes regattas.”

Full results and further event information can be found at the RYA Racing Events website at www.ryaracingevents.org.uk

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North Lincs SC - RYA Club of the year award N Lincs 
Windsurfers from North Lincs played a major part in the regions recent Twiname success:
Bic Techno 4.5
1) James Bloor (Astbury)
2) Sarah Labourne (North Lincolnshire & Humberside SC)
3) Cameron Coghill (Nottinghamshire County SC)
Winning Zone: West
Bic Techno 5.5
1) Henry Bloodworth (Queen Mary SC)
2) Ruben Lansley (North Lincolnshire & Humberside SC)
3)  Guy Dixon (Oxford SC)
Winning Zone: South East
Bic Techno 6.8
1) Emma Labourne (North Lincolnshire & Humberside SC)
2) Max Bushell (North Lincolnshire & Humberside SC)
3) Zak Page (Croft Farm)
Winning Zone: North
Bic Techno 7.8
1) Tom Squires (Oxford SC)
2) Chloe Bennett (N/A)
3) Thomas Addison (Hythe & Saltwood SC)
Winning Zone: South East
Windsurfing overall winning Zone:
1) South East
2) North
3) South West

RYA Sailability Disability Awareness Training Day

It’s FREE to everyone involved in working with anyone with a disability at a club or centre. This is a great opportunity to break down the barriers on disability access and find out current best practice techniques. 

Saturday 6th of June at Otley Sailing Club (09:30 – 15:00)
Please contact Peter Fox to book on: Hyginbarwick@aol.com  0113 257 8411
Directions: http://www.otley-sailingclub.co.uk/location.htm

          RYA Sailability: Making disability plain sailing! www.rya.org.uk/sailability


Meet your County Sports Partnership (Reminder)

Dont miss this great opportunity to find out how your local CSP can help support your club this season.
All Clubs and Centres are invited to attend this meeting, refreshments and a light buffet will be available, please arrive at 18:45 for a prompt 19:00 start.

A maximum of 2 delegates per club are invited, please confirm your attendance at least 3 days prior

Agenda

  • Who is your CSP and how can they help you

  • Local funding advice

  • Support in promoting your club

  • Sport England’s Active People and Market Segment data

  • Coach CPD courses

  • Future working relationship

    Agenda and meeting dates in this PDF grouping and meeting location in this PDF

The first “Themed Round” of funding form Sport England’s 09-13 Strategy is Rural Communities:
New Fund to Promote Sports in Rural Areas
Sport England has announced that its new £10 million fund to create sporting opportunities for people in rural areas is now open for applications. This is the first in a series of themed funding rounds aimed at increasing community based sports. The Rural Communities Themed Round is designed to give a wide range of organisations, from local authorities to sports clubs and smaller community groups, an opportunity to develop and deliver new and innovative projects to overcome barriers to both participation and supply of sporting opportunities. Successful bids will make significant contributions to two of Sport England’s strategic outcomes:
·         Growing participation in grassroots sport.
·         Sustaining participation by improving the quality of people’s sporting experience.
The minimum grant available is £10,000, but in order to maximise the positive effect on sport in rural areas, Sport England is explicitly encouraging high value, high impact projects. A significant proportion of the successful bids are expected to be projects requiring National Lottery funding of more than £500,000. A detailed application prospectus for the Rural Communities Themed Round is available on Sport England’s website.
The closing date for applications is 30th June 2009.
http://funding.sportengland.org/funding_programmes/rural_communities1.aspx

Sport England Strategy        Sport England information pack       Sport England in the community

 

    • Sport England Strategy – gives you an overview of their 09-13 strategy identifying the priority areas – GROW - SUSTAIN – EXCEL
    • Sport England Information pack for Sailing -  breaks down the data from the Active People 1 survey in relation to GROW & SUSTAIN
    • SE Funding in the community -  explains further their new funding streams
    • Rural Communities Themed Round – this is the press release launching the first “Themed Round”
    • Q&A Rural Communities Themed Round – More information on the first Themed Round

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RYA Press Release

14 April 2009
Less than week remaining to enter 2008 RYA Youth Nationals
Bowles & Masters vie for RYA Volvo Youth Nationals supremacy at Largs 

The battle for windsurfing supremacy is hotting up as George Bowles and Ali Masters sit neck and neck in pole position after day two of the RYA Volvo Youth National Championships and Trials at Largs Sailing Club.

With blustery, wet conditions testing the sailors to the max, it was 16-year-old Bowles from Brigg that enjoyed the best return from today’s three RS:X races (Tues 14 April) to ensure that 2008 European RS:X Youth silver medallist Masters was not going to have everything his own way in the Youth Nationals gold quest.

With Masters, 17, heading the overnight leaderboard, Bowles posted scores of 2, 2, 1 to Masters’ 3, 1, 2 to put them level on nine points apiece after five races.

However, Bowles, who only stepped up to the RS:X board from the smaller Bic Techno last September, is not getting carried away by his early regatta success.

He said: “I’m definitely really pleased with the way things have gone so far; my goal for the week was just to try to do the basics right. It was very gusty today and my consistency is probably the thing that’s pleased me most so far and that’s what I’ll be looking to carry on for the rest of the week. My first event on the RS:X board was only last September so I have surpassed my expectations after the first two days but we’re not even halfway through yet and there is still a long week ahead.”

To keep up-to-date with all the news as it happens in Largs visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk and sign up for the new results email alerts to get the latest results straight to your inbox and via the popular Youth Nationals blog.

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Backing Sport in your Community
Sport England launched its new Small Grants Programme on the 1st of April, and an enhanced version of the popular Sportsmatch scheme
Read more here....


Keeping you up to date with events and news from around the Y&H region:
RYA Yorkshire and Humberside newsletter Spring 2009 click here to download or view (pdf file opens in a new window)

SailabilityNational Multi Class Regatta 2009 - August 14th - 16th - Rutland SC more details here.


West Yorkshire Generic Coach Education Programme    Course list   Booking form


Windsurf Senior Instructor Course
When:  22nd - 25th May
Where: Pugneys Country Park


To book on contact:        pugneyscp@wakefield.gov.uk or 01924 302360

RYA Disability Awareness Training
On Saturday the 23th of May at Otley Sailing Club and On Sunday the 24th of May at Calvert Trust Kielder we will be running the RYA Disability Awareness Training Course.This is FREE and open to anyone with an involvement in training anyone with a disability at their club or Centre, a great way to get up to date advice and support. For more info please contact Suzie Blair, RDO
Mobile: 07771 642933
E-mail:   suzie.blair@rya.org.uk

Funding Opportunities 09-13
Sport England have announced their new funding strategy which focuses on three key areas of development:
Grow
New regular sailing participants (youth & adult)
Sustain
Supporting existing regular participants (youth & adult)
Excel
Improved talent development (primarily youth)
Sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, local authorities and education establishments will be able to apply to these four open-access funding streams:
Up to £30 million will be invested via regular themed funding rounds that meet specific needs of community sport
£7 million will be available in small grants of between £300 and £10,000 to support sporting projects across England
£3 million will be distributed through Sportsmatch
£5 million will be invested, through a new Innovation Fund, in projects that identify and pilot new ways of promoting and supporting grassroots sport
Where do you fit in? For more information go to: www.sportengland.org  Go to ‘Get Funding’ and then ‘How funding works.’
Also contact your local County Sports Partnership for information on local funding and advice:

http://www.sportengland.org/index/get_resources/county_sports_partnerships.htm

Meet your County Sports Partnership

Don’t miss this great opportunity to find out how your local CSP can help support your club this season. All Clubs and Centres are invited to attend this meeting, refreshments and a light buffet will be available, please arrive at 18:45 for a prompt 19:00 start.

A maximum of 2 delegates per club are invited, please confirm your attendance at least 3 days prior

Agenda

  • Who is your CSP and how can they help you
  • Local funding advice
  • Support in promoting your club
  • Sport England’s Active People and Market Segment data
  • Coach CPD courses
  • Future working relationships
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CSP

South Yorkshire Sport

West Yorkshire Sport

Humber Sports Partnership

North Yorkshire Sport

WHEN

Thursday the 21st of May 7 – 9pm

Wednesday the 20th of May 7 – 9pm

Wednesday the 27th of May 7 – 9pm

Thursday the 28th of May 7 – 9pm

WHERE

The English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, S9 5DA

Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ

The Octagon
Kingston upon Hull

TBC

 

Confirm attendance to:

Tara Smith
tara.smith@sysport.co.uk
0114 2235683

Lucy Birkenshaw
lucy.birkenshaw@wysport.co.uk
01484 234087

Rachel Sullivan
RSullivan@goodwin-centre.org
01482 387491

Paul Downes
Paul.Downes@harrogate.gov.uk
01423 545187

 

 

Laser Northern GP - Download the events listing here... (xls file)

RYA Raymarine Yorkshire and Humberside Young Sailor of the Year title 2008

Dean Crangle, winner of the RYA Raymarine Yorkshire and Humberside Young Sailor of the Year title 2008, was presented with his prestigious award at a ceremony at the London Boat Show last week. A fantastic achievement for the 16 year old who received his award for his hard work at Thornton Stewart Sailing Club.

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Get OnBoard with Pugneys!

Pugneys Country Park Watersports Centre held its annual prize-giving on Saturday 13th December and became the surprise recipient of an award itself!

RYA (Royal Yachting Association) OnBoard Development Officer Liz MacDonald presented Centre Manager Steve Cerrone with the Yorkshire Regional OnBoard Achievement Award for the Centre’s work with young people in the region.

“The RYA OnBoard scheme works with a number of clubs across the region but Pugneys was the first to get started,” explained Liz MacDonald. “Over the past summer Pugneys alone has introduced over 300 new youngsters to the sport of sailing and 20 of these youngsters are now regular attenders at the Pugneys sailing and windsurfing club.”

“We are very pleased to be the recipient of the RYA OnBoard Achievement Award and to be recognised for the work we do as a team at Pugneys,” said Steve Cerrone after the award ceremony. “I would like to pay tribute to all the parents and staff who make it all possible, especially at the Saturday Club, and most importantly the young sailors. This year has been particularly successful for Pugneys and we have current and past young sailors and windsurfers who are now members of National Training Squads but perhaps the biggest congratulations should go to Helen and Sarah Burgess who won the 405 National Championships earlier this summer. This year our young windsurfers have travelled as far afield as the Scottish borders and the dinghy sailors have competed in events across the country from Weymouth to Scotland. Fantastic achievements all round.”

Ward Councillor June Drysdale agreed and supported the RYA OnBoard Achievement Award, “The facilities and the commitment of the staff here at Pugneys are fantastic. Everyone has the children at heart.”

These feelings were echoed by Mrs Kate Earp whose son Matt has just completed his Dinghy Instructor Course at the centre. “I would like to say how wonderful the facilities are and most importantly how great the staff are.”

Plaques were presented to every team member in the Junior Windsurfing and Sailing sections and then the climax of the award ceremony came when the names of the Overall Winners of the Windsurfing and Sailing sections were revealed.

The RYA Team15 Cadet of the Year award went to 10 year old Matthew Carey from Halifax who attends Bradford Grammer School.

“Choosing one overall winner was very difficult,” said Windsurfing Team15 Instructor Roy Peacock. “Matthew’s personality and his ability to mix in with the other team members were most important.”

Pugneys Dinghy Cadet of the Year was 16 year old Robert Gair from Wakefield who attends Queen Elizabeth Grammer School.

“This year the Dinghy award could have gone to an one of four or five candidates,” said Pugneys Dinghy Instructor Tim Dean. “In the end it came down to personality and Robert’s encouragement to others and his willingness to help.”

“Coming here to Pugneys is great fun,” said Robert. “I have just completed my RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructor Course and next summer I hope to do my Instructor Course.”

This comes on top of Robert’s packed summer schedule which includes completing his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award on board a Tall Ship in 2009.

Pugneys Country Park Watersports Centre is open all year except Christmas week and attracts young people from Wakefield and the surrounding area, some from as far afield as Doncaster and York. Everyone is welcome.

“We will be working with more local schools in 2009,” explained RYA OnBoard Development Officer Liz MacDonald. “Any teachers or Partnership Development Managers who want further information can get in touch.”

Call Liz MacDonald on 07789 271810 or visit www.ruob.co.uk for more information.

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Bewerly Park & Gybe to OnBoard

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Bewerly Park & Gybe to OnBoard
Bewerly Park Centre for Outdoor Education in partnership with the volunteer ran ‘Gybe Scheme’ have just become OnBoard in North Yorkshire.
Sailing and windsurfing at Ripon Race course, Farnham Lake and Grimwith Reservoir, in the Yorkshire Dales the partnership have been working together to get more local young people afloat.


Becoming OnBoard has encouraged them get to also RYA recognition for windsurfing and in turn to introduce more structure to their regular sessions, helping children to work through the Junior Windsurfing and Youth Sailing Scheme’s. They have also been able to purchase more buoyancy aids and wetsuits for the younger children and new windsurf boards to help the budding windsurfer’s progress and develop their skills further.

Since signing up to OnBoard the ‘Park & Gybe’ partnership have strengthened their links with the Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club, based at Grimwith, and they are now offering regular youth training sessions on Saturday mornings. They have been recruiting club members as volunteers to help out with the teaching, rescue cover, rigging, launching etc, and with the building of the YDSC shiny new clubhouse starting this really is an ideal venue to introduce more young people to sailing and windsurfing and to keep them doing it!

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Sam Cook (as seen below in the Comet with some Giggling Girl Guides) who runs the Gybe Scheme said, “We are very excited to be OnBoard and are really looking forward to getting more local youth groups afloat next year, flying the OnBoard flag int’ Yorkshire Dales!”.

 

OB at Pugneys Country Park

Over the past month, 10 students from St Thomas’ Junior School in Featherstone have been setting sail at Pugneys Country Park. The year 6 pupils were introduced to sailing through the National ‘OnBoard’ scheme which aims to introduce more young people to the sports of sailing and windsurfing. Staff from the school also got involved when they attended Pugneys for a sailing course earlier in the year.

The twice weekly sessions were arranged by Tim Butler and Heather Hudson – year 6 teachers from the school, and Yorkshire’s OnBoard Development Officer - Liz McDonald. All was made possible by funding from Sport England’s ‘Sport Unlimited’ programme which was used to pay for the instructors and boat hire at Pugneys.

“The sessions were a great success and participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves”, said Liz. “None of them had been sailing before, the OnBoard scheme and funding from Sport Unlimited made the sport more accessible to these local youngsters. It was fantastic to see them progressing each week and tackling the challenges set for them.”

 The weather was not always kind to the youngsters; the strong winds of the last day in particular proved challenging. However the students’ enthusiasm was not dampened as they learnt a range of skills over the 10 sessions, including rigging, steering and capsizing. RYA Stage 1 certificates will be presented to the participants at school, proving they are now competent sailors.

St Thomas’ Junior School hopes to continue with the scheme and give more students the opportunity to go sailing in the spring.

If you would like more information about the OnBoard scheme, and how you can get involved please contact Liz McDonald.
Tel: 07789 271810
E-mail: lmcdonald2@wakefield.gov.uk

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Taster Day at Otley Sailing Club

48 primary school children from the Otley area attended Otley Sailing Club on at the end of October, for their first taste of dinghy sailing. Two sailing sessions were run throughout the day by volunteers from the club, as part of the National RYA (Royal Yachting Association) OnBoard scheme. Through the scheme, the club hopes to encourage more local youngsters and their families to get involved with the exciting sport of sailing.

The children heard about the taster day when Liz McDonald, Yorkshire’s OnBoard Development Officer, and Antony Cam, Senior Instructor from the club, joined forces with the local School Sports Co-ordinator David Nutt. They kick started the scheme in Otley by visiting four local primary schools to give a sailing presentation to all year 5 and 6 children.

The weather was less than ideal with strong gusty winds and intermittent drizzle. However, it did not put off the budding young sailors. Judging by the squeals of delight heard from the bank, the club’s two man ‘Access’ dinghies were a great hit. Experienced sailors from the club were also on hand to give rides in their larger, faster dinghies.

“The taster day was a great way to begin promoting sailing within the Otley area” said Liz, “We could not have hoped for a better response from the local youngsters and it was fantastic to see so many of them out on the water. The volunteers from the club did a great job to keep everyone safe and happy throughout the day.”

At the end of their sailing sessions all the children were invited to join Otley SC’s regular junior sailing club, held on a Sunday morning from September to November, and a Thursday evening from May to July. 11 of the youngsters were so keen they returned the next day to get out on the water again!

If you would like any further information about the RYA OnBoard scheme, or Otley Sailing Club, please contact Liz McDonald.
Tel: 07789 271810 E-mail lmcdonald2@wakefield.gov.uk

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