2016 RYA Youth Nationals- Pwhelli North Wales

2nd – 8th April 

 

After over a year of building up the number of Spitfires on the water we managed to achieve a record number of 13 boats at the youth nationals this year. The boats racing ranged from new catamran sailors, new Spitfire sailors and the Spitfire veterans from the circuit.

Racing on Monday  3  races, Tuesday 3  races, lost Wednesday, Thursday 3  races and Friday 2 races after meeting the Princess Royal Princess Anne.

 

Conditions were between zero and 30 kts.  Very close racing.

Thanks to the Plas Heli sailing centre and the organisers and volunteers. 

Day 1, The first Spitfire race was abandoned because of a big shift. This was followed by a second race in similar breeze to the 420s, won by Youth Sailing World Championship team members Jack Butters and James King (Brightlingsea). It was a good day said King: “The second race we had a great lead and just extended from there, it was tough just really light winds.”Butters continued: “We came off the line with quite good speed, we tacked across the rest of the fleet, covering the fleet, extending the lead and just staying in front.”

Day 2, Three wins confirm Jack Butters (Parkstone) and James King’s (Brightlingsea) lead at the front of the Spitfire fleet. They are confident heading into the rest of the week even as the pressure built towards the business end of the week.

Brother and sister pairing Sophie Heritage and William Heritage (Gurnard SC) sit in second, Caleb Cooper (Worthing SC) and Megan Smith (Grafham Water) round off the podium in third.

Day 3, “We were really hoping to get some racing in before the wind got up,” said Campbell-James. “We launched the boats at 10 for an 11 start. The wind was in the 16-20 knot area with a few gusts above that but not really too bad, it stayed like that for quite a long time then at 11 the wind went up to 22 then 28 knots, with gusts of 35.

“We now have AP over A flying as the wind is forecast to go up for the rest of the day and not drop before 6pm tonight. It’s disappointing for us, however the RS:X class did manage one race, the race officers did a great job to get that race in but overall it is very disappointing.

Day 4, James King and Jack Butters  had another stunning day on the water, however their straight line record of firsts has been disrupted by Sophie and William Heritage (Gurnard SC). Caleb Cooper and Megan Smith were third.

Day 5, Jack Butters and James King continued their impressive form winning the final two Spitfire races, and end the week discarding a first and second.

James King was pleased with their performance and development since they attended the Youth World Sailing Championships in December: “It’s pretty awesome, we have been putting in lots of effort, and really happy to get the win.

“I think we’re getting on really well in the boat, obviously this week was really good for us. When we came back from Malaysia we had lots of things to work on, and we’ve really progressed since then I think.”

Next up for Butters and King is the new Youth multihull: “We should be getting a Nacra 15 in the summer, and we’ve also got a Nacra 17 so we’re going to get on that as well and get our hands on those boats and see how they feel,” concluded King.

Mark Nicholls, Event Director, said: “This year’s Youth Nationals was fantastic, even with the adverse weather conditions all fleets ended the week with a good series on the score board.

“Our team for the EUROSAF event is really strong and I’m expecting us to bring back a good medal haul.

“HRH The Princess Royal’s visit was one of the highlights of the week, Her Royal Highness has always been a great supporter of the event and youth sailing.

“Finally, I want to say thank you to all the volunteers and parents this week, this event would not be possible without you.

“I look forward to welcoming you all to Hayling Island Sailing Club, 8 – 14 April 2017.”

Looking forward to 2017 and Hayling Island Sailing Club.

Pos

Nation

Helm

Crew

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Nett

1

GBR128

Jack Butters

James King

(1.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(2.0)

1.0

1.0

1.0

7

2

GBR131

Sophie Heritage

William Heritage

3.0

2.0

(4.0)

(5.0)

2.0

1.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

15

3

GBR55

Caleb Cooper

Megan Smith

4.0

3.0

2.0

(8.0)

(5.0)

4.0

2.0

4.0

4.0

23

4

GBR145

Alex Philpott

Jess Darcy

2.0

4.0

5.0

(7.0)

4.0

5.0

(14.0 DNC)

3.0

3.0

26

5

GBR53

William Smith

Ben Harris

(8.0)

5.0

3.0

2.0

6.0

(8.0)

4.0

5.0

5.0

30

6

GBR28

Luke Robertson

Jacob Hutchings

6.0

6.0

8.0

3.0

3.0

(10.0)

(14.0 DNC)

7.0

6.0

39

7

GBR136

Theo Williams

Ryan Gill

(11.0)

8.0

7.0

11.0

7.0

3.0

6.0

6.0

(12.0)

48

8

GBR71

Ollie Cornforth

Chelsea Furber

7.0

10.0

12.0

4.0

11.0

6.0

(14.0 DNC)

8.0

(14.0 DNC)

58

9

GBR18

Alex Cleaver

Charlotte Pearson

10.0

7.0

6.0

(12.0)

8.0

9.0

(14.0 DNC)

11.0

7.0

58

10

GBR106

Matthew McRobbie

Molly Desorgher

5.0

11.0

9.0

9.0

10.0

(14.0 DNC)

(14.0 DNC)

9.0

8.0

61

11

GBR100

Eliza Cox

Augustus Cox

(14.0 DNC)

12.0

10.0

(13.0)

9.0

7.0

5.0

12.0

10.0

65

12

GBR160

Tom King

Tyler Stonebridge

12.0

9.0

11.0

6.0

(14.0 DNS)

(14.0 DNC)

14.0 DNC

10.0

9.0

71

13

GBR82

Lotte Johnson

Becki Johnson

9.0

(14.0 DNC)

(14.0 DNC)

10.0

14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

13.0

11.0

85

 

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