A huge congratulations to all the Spinnaker Club Junior Sailors who took part in the Eric Twiname Youth Team Championships in Oxford a couple of weeks ago!
It was all their own doing, and no MarineGuard Superyacht Superpowers we’re included as part of our sponsorship deal with the team! A new set of well earned sailing jackets was all the encouragement the team needed to put in the necessary hours required to ensure they were prepared for the competition held 14/15th October.
Not like us or the Team to brag, but we understand they had many envious comments made by other teams taking part in the Championships!
Sarah Andersen from the club sent us this press release:
A new generation of team racing at Spinnaker…
Spinnaker Sailing Club, near Ringwood, is in the heart of the New Forest and offers a beautiful, convenient location in which to sail all year round.
The club has seen a real increase in young sailors at the lake over recent years, many gaining their first taste of dinghy sailing on these safe and secure inland waters. Juniors often learn to sail in Optimist class boats, but now also have the opportunity to join the growing junior Topper and Laser fleets. As the junior sailors have increased in skills, experience and number, Spinnaker has in the last year, started to coach double-handed (helm and crew in a larger boat) sailing with the aim of developing junior team racing at the club.
Team Racing is a fast-paced racing event which depends on excellent boat handling skills and rapid tactical decision making. Usually, two teams of two or three boats compete against each other around a short (10 minute) course. The teams need to use their extensive knowledge of the rules to ensure that their team finishes in the best overall position when they cross the finish line.
Two teams of four junior sailors from Spinnaker entered their first event, the Royal Yachting Association's (RYA) Eric Twiname Youth and Junior Team Racing Championship, held at Oxford Sailing Club last weekend. The teams were lucky enough to be sponsored by MarineGuard who provided their fabulous jackets and Brearley Building Services.
Twenty junior teams from all over the country entered the event, and spectators were rewarded with some thrilling races in near-perfect sailing conditions. The Spinnaker teams had a fantastic time, made new friends, gained confidence and learned a huge amount from their more experienced competition. The teams finished joint 14th and 20th overall and all the sailors came away full of enthusiasm and a desire to go back next year and do it all again.
Well done to the teams from us all here at MarineGuard. We look forward to hearing of future successes and learnings (no such thing as failure).