Youth and Junior Championships

Last Sunday 25 young sailors competed in SSSC’s Y&J Club Championship.

With a few Topper sailors competing away at a qualifying event for the Midland Zone Squads, and reigning Champs Sam & Finn not taking part it was a fantastic opportunity for some of our younger sailors to take the title.

A Regatta Fleet of 14 boats some of which were sailing in their very first races and a Championship Fleet of 10 boats of our more experienced sailors competed over two courses last Sunday in very gusty, yet sunny conditions. There were so many valiant efforts throughout the morning from our sailors, too many to mention. Sailing, as many found out at Draycote the weekend before, is behest of the weather and it’s days like this that helps build up resilience, and confidence that the boat and wind can be tamed if you keep working at it!

Three fast paced back to back races were planned to ensure we finished in time for lunch and the afternoon club racing, with the best two results to count towards their score.

The Regatta fleet course set slightly in the shadow of the island gave some respite from the shifting winds that whipped around either side of the course, offering great spectating from the club house. Hugo & Oscar relishing in the breeze did extremely well to battle it out in each race with Hugo taking the win.

Those competing in the Championship Fleet sailed a trapezoid course with a gate to remember on each lap, capsizes were optional…

New member Theo in his Optimist dominated the first race. However, Race 2 required a photo finish as Jack pushed Theo all the way, Theo just inching ahead as they crossed the line. Feeling confident enough that he had beaten the Toppers by far enough on handicap despite being a lap down, Theo decided to head in for an early lunch thinking he had two wins in the bag… or had he? A risky move, with calculations not finalised until after racing, but this time he was right. The Toppers simply couldn’t stretch their legs on the shorter course, to get far enough ahead with Optimists taking the top three results with a count back on joint points for third place.

Well done to all our sailors and congratulations to Hugo Brechtmann and of course our new Y&J Champion who has certainly announced himself to the club since his arrival in September – Theo Smith, who looked very pleased to be lifting the Trophy.

Thanks to all who helped with the racing, parents for their support and of course all of our Y&J sailors for taking part.