Sailors ready for UK regatta

Derbyshire Youth Sailing Club members in action, July 2011.
Derbyshire Youth Sailing Club members in action, July 2011.

The excitement is building for Derbyshire’s young sailors as they make final preparations for the National School Sailing Association 2011 annual youth regatta.

Fortunately for the sailors, before they go to compete on the national stage, there was a chance for a bit of last minute Derbyshire County competition, in the Derbyshire Youth Sailing event on Saturday at Toddbrook Sailing Club near Whaley Bridge.

The weather provided variable and interesting conditions with heavy squalls accompanied by rain, followed by short periods of blue sky and almost total calm across the water.

The sailors had to call on all their skills to make the best of these circumstances and local sailors Sam Woods and Richard Hayton certainly did that by winning both the overall and senior competitions in their Enterprise, double handed dinghy.

Sam and Richard were closely followed by Matthew and Emma Metcalfe-Smith from Ogston SC in their Albacore double-handed dinghy.

In the Intermediate age group, Joshua Haynes from Trent Valley SC secured a win and was 7th overall in his Optimist dinghy, while the leading Junior sailor was Thomas Woodings from Carsington SC in his Topper 4.2 dinghy, who was 19th overall.

Race officer Ed Washington said: “It was a real pleasure to see these young sailors tackling the tricky conditions so enthusiastically.”

The series racing at county level provides an opportunity to travel to nearby clubs and get a taste for what can lie ahead as youth sailors venture out onto the bigger stage.

The adventure continues for some in Team Derbyshire at the NSSA Regatta. The week-long event is at Grafham Water Sailing Club, Cambridgeshire, between July 25-29.

The Derbyshire Youth Sailing Peak Dinghy Spares 2011 series racing continues on September 10 at Staunton Harold Sailing Club.

More details are on www.dysailing.com.