The RYA National Youth Sailing Championships returned to Pwllheli in North Wales over the Easter holidays as the 2022 champions were crowned in seven youth fleets.
Last hosting the premier youth sailing regatta in 2016, Plas Heli welcomed 280 youngsters from across the country (and across the Irish Sea) for five days of racing from April 9-15.
As Afloat reported earlier, there was a strong showing from the Northern Ireland Sailors and there was also a wild card presence from the Republic of Ireland in Wales (see full results link below). -below)
With the 2021 National Youth Championships spread over two weekends and two venues, the 2022 edition saw all the youth fleets together in one place for the first time as kite foilers joined the iQFOiL, 420, Nacra 15, 29er and ILCA6 in competition.
Despite choppy winds and weather throughout the week, everyone except the kite and board fleets nearly completed their full schedule in harsh racing conditions ranging from sun to fog. .
Despite enduring a tougher week ashore, the iQFOiL and kite sailors still completed enough races to confirm their national champions.
Mark Nicholls, the RYA’s Director of Youth Racing, said: “Year after year at the Youth National Championships, I am amazed at the strength and resilience of our country’s young sailors.
“They’ve had a tough few years, like everyone else, and the start of the regatta was no different. But, again, they handled whatever was thrown at them with courage.
“There were great races as always and congratulations to all the winners, but in addition to the medals we also gave out one-off awards for British Youth Sailing values and behaviors, and that was the hardest job for us. we.
“As regatta organisers, it’s fantastic to see these young sailors coming together to help and support each other. It is so encouraging to know that the future of our sport is in such good hands.
The National Youth Championships are British Youth Sailing’s flagship event, which aims to develop and retain the best young dinghy, windsurfer and kitefoil racers in the world.
British Youth Sailing also prepares young people for lifelong sailing, whether in Olympic classes, club dinghy racing or yachts, or as coaches and race officials and teaches them skills and behaviors valuable to adopt in their adult life.
BYS Behaviors and Values Award Winners:
“Courage and Determination”
George and Tom Blunt – 420 (male) – Whitstable YC
George Creasy – 420 (male) – West Kirby SC
Warsash Plate – Youngest Helmet
Joseph Jones – 420 (male) – Burghfield SC
Harken Contest Winner
Toby Smith – 29er (male) – Royal Hospital School
The winners of each class were:
Megan FARRER (Emsworth SC) and Ellie RUSH (Nottinghamshire SC)
Henry HATHCOTE and Hector BENNETT (both Royal Lymington YC)
Alice DAVIS (Draycote Water SC) and Oliver RAYNER (Yorkshire Dales SC)
Ellen MORLEY and Hazel MCDONNELL (both Hollowell SC)
Santiago SESTO-COSBY (Royal Lymington YC) and Leo WILKINSON (Maidenhead SC)
Annabelle VINES (Royal Lymington YC) and Raulf BERRY (Hayling Island SC)
Sam STEWARD (Brading Haven YC) and Isobel SMITH (Starcross YC)
Kite foiling (woman)
Francesca MAINI (BKA)
Kite foil (man)
Tommie GRITT (Royal Hospital School)
Lucy KENYON (Parkstone YC)
Charlie DIXON (Blackwater YC)
The full results of the regatta are available here.