SSSC Granted RYA Racing Optimist for 2019

We are delighted to announce that South Staffs have been selected to host a RYA Racing Optimist for 2019!

Following a request in January from the RYA for applications to be sent to RYA Midlands Regional Volunteer Team to host the 2 year old Race Specification Optimist for the 2019 season, a boat which had previously been donated from new, to a lucky recipient by John Merricks Sailing Trust / OnBoard partnership, South Staffs were selected from individuals and clubs across the region who sent in their bids for consideration.

The boat will be predominantly sailed by one lucky Y&J sailor, with a view to adopting the boat and competing in regular club racing and Open / IOCA events along with the RYA Regional Junior Championships in September. However, we very much hope that there will be opportunities throughout the season for many other Y&J’s to take advantage of this excellent opportunity and provide a stepping stone into Optimist racing.

The lucky sailor will be announced at our first Y&J session of the season on 7th April.

Gareth Brookes RYA Regional Development Officer – Midlands on annoucing our selection said: “I am happy to report that the RYA Midlands Regional Volunteer Team would like to offer South Staffs SC the loan of the JMST Optimist until the end of the calendar year. We sincerely hope that this will enable more young people to sail, race and to share our passion for sailing.”

A huge THANK YOU must go to the RYA / JMST and the Midlands Regional Volunteer Team for this amazing opportunity!