2017 Report on some of our Youth sailors

We have not had many sailors sailing on the circuit this year, but a few have done a couple of local events including Jasmine Mcquillin, Hugo Asquith, Hattie Asquith and Gil Stalker.

Joel Traves:
Joel has sailed at national and local events and had his best result at the Spinnaker Optimist Open finishing 3rd. He has been selected for the IOCA/RYA South Zone Squad.

Dan Burns and Adele Young:
In the 420s both Dan (crew) and Adele (helm) have had a great year: both are club members and started sailing Optimists at Spinnaker in about 2009. They qualified for the Open European Championships which were held in Athens in July and they also qualified for the World Championships which are being held in Perth, Australia at Christmas, but sadly this opportunity had to be declined due to costs. They then sailed at the Scottish Championships and won the event.

Unfortunately the Nationals were held straight after the Scottish Championships at the same venue and most of the fleet contracted a sickness bug.

They then sailed at the Autumn Championships in Weymouth and finished 4th overall, qualifying for the RYA 420 youth squad which is a winter squad of 4 camps training at various venues across the U.K..

More recently they sailed at the Itchenor Open 2 weeks ago and finished 3rd overall.

Adele Young:
Adele has set up a training group of 8 optimist sailors to sail once a month throughout the winter at the club, and she is also coaching the IOCA training. She was asked if she could coach the IOCA development squad this winter, but had to decline as it clashes with the Youth squad dates.

Kieran Young:
Kieran had a great last season in the optimist class, sailing at 2 Spanish events in January and February them in Holland for the Easter regatta.
He sailed at the team selection trials in May and finished 5th overall and qualified for the World Championships in Thailand. He finished 73rd in the Silver Fleet and 137th place overall which was a great achievement.
He then finished 20th overall at the Nationals, which was the 8th-placed British sailor.
At Parkstone he won the Optimist Open, and then finished 2nd in their Youth Week sailing a Feva .
He then signed off his Optimist sailing at the Spinnaker Open, winning with 2 races and 2 clear wins and so completed a double, securing the Spinnaker Open title 2 years in succession.
He has now moved into the 420 class and is sailing at some Scottish academy weekends as his crew is Scottish and also sailing at the class open training at various events over the winter.

Marineguard have offered to help both Kieran and Adele with some of the costs which is brilliant.

Joan Laycock:
Joan attended 5 of the 6 Topper National Series Events last season, averaging 17th Junior Female with her best result a 9th Junior Female in the Winter Championships at WPNSA. Since then she has finished 15th Junior Female in Silver Fleet at the Topper Nationals in Wales. She intends to transition fully to Radials and do more club racing.

Mathew Laycock:
Matthew has been competing less in this, his GCSE year, attending mainly training and club events and recovering from a knee injury, resulting in 11 GCSE Grade A and above which keeps him on course for Medical School. He has now transitioned from 4.7s to Radials.

Both Joan and Matthew have coached adults all season and they intend to take their Dinghy Instructor course before next season starts. Joan is also keen to perform more Safety Boat duties at the club.

Matthew won the Autumn morning series at the club and Joan was 2nd, both beating the adults and so proving that Juniors can club race!

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