Talented sailors earn spot in semis

Derbyshire Young Sailors B Team.
Derbyshire Young Sailors B Team.

TWO teams from Derbyshire Youth Sailing have been in action at theNational Schools Sailing Association’s single handed team racing competition, held at Upton Warren Sailing Club in Worcestershire.

The local youngsters were testing their skills against 32 teams from around the UK, over the course of two days, with more than 120 races completed, using the Wilson Swiss League process, to find the best school age and team racers.

Both Derbyshire teams sailed well in the light winds and unseasonally warm weather, enjoying the sunshine and able to wear light sailing clothing in October.

Derbyshire A team were overall 11th at the end of the league racing and Derbyshire B team were third, which took them into the semi-finals. Frustratingly for the Derbyshire B team, one of the teams from Cambridgeshire squeezed out a two-from-three-races victory in the semi-final and went on to become runners-up in the final, to a team from South Tyneside.

Derbyshire B team comprised Matt Luxton, aged 13, with Matlock sailing brothers Joshua Haynes, 13, and Benjamin Haynes, 16, who are members at Trent Valley Sailing Club.

Derbyshire A Team included Ogston Sailing Club member Natalie Smith, 15, Sam Ford, aged 18, with late substitute Callum Lambourn, 16, a member at Swarkestone Sailing Club.

Derbyshire team coach Ben Crossdale, a member at Ogston Sailing Club, said: “I am really impressed by all six of our sailors who sailed excellently all weekend. They focussed on the task at hand and used their skills and talents to great effect. They had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the competition.”

Next year, the NSSA Single Handed Team Racing event is to be staged in Derbyshire, a very special occasion as the NSSA is also celebrating its 50th anniversary year. The organising team from Derbyshire Youth Sailing is already working on plans for the event which will take place on the weekend of October 6-7.