Derbyshire sailors shine at event

Derbyshire Youth Sailing
Derbyshire Youth Sailing

Olympic gold was the theme last Saturday and gold was the colour as the sun shone for the Toddbrook Sailing Club ‘Sail for Gold’ regatta.

Boats from other Derbyshire sailing clubs threaded their way to the club, bringing young sailors to take part in the latest of the Derbyshire Youth Sailing Peak Dinghy Spares 2012 Series.

The tricky conditions provided the young Derbyshire sailors with a stern test of their capacity to cope with variation in wind speeds and direction. However, those watching from the shore and the reservoir wall, which is topped with a quite busy pathway, were certainly entertained by the days’ racing.

A total of 18 boats sailed for gold with Matlock’s Joshua Haynes (Trent Valley SC) in his Optimist dinghy being the overall winner, keeping Lewis and Harrison Coppinger, from the home club, sailing a Graduate dinghy, in second place.

Joshua has just returned from competing with the Optimist Class GB Development Team, in an international event called the Chocolate Cup, sailing on Lake Balaton in Hungary, where he was the highest placed GB sailor, being second overall after eight races.

Josh was equal on points with the Hungarian National Optimist Champion but was awarded second place after the rules for splitting a points’ tie were applied.

“Perhaps there were future Olympians sailing on Saturday,” commented Jane Thorpe. “It was a fine opportunity for experienced and novice sailors alike to compete, with Sally Best and Annabelle Coppinger sailing together in their first DYS event. The girls have only recently taken up sailing and enjoyed being ahead of Annabelle’s brothers for at least part of the racing”.

The next Derbyshire Youth Sailing Peak Dinghy Spares 2012 Series event is in the south of the County at Staunton Harold Sailing Club on Saturday, September 8.

The Derbyshire Youth Sailing website is at where there’s more information about DYS.