A few of our juniors participated in the RYA Junior Regional Championships at the weekend - each has written a short blog of their experience to share with you. We hope you enjoy reading them. The first 2 are Theo who sailed at Northampton in his Optimist and Josh who sailed in his Laser 4.7 in his first National competition.
Firstly from Josh who is a Barnt Green sailor who is with us while they wait for the water levels to rise:
I went down to Grafham water not really for the competition but for the experience and the chance to get to know some of the junior sailors at Bartley Green a little better. I can happily say that I have rarely been in the company of more supportive and friendly people. They guided me through loading by boat into the car all the way to shouting friendly banter on the start line. For someone who has always raced at a club it was a shock to be sitting on the start line with 66 other laser 4.7s, but I felt in my element and enjoyed every single second. I hope to go back and see if can improve on my disastrous score. But the only way is up and with the facilities at both Barnt and Bartley Green I'm sure I will improve at least a little!
Enjoying the company at the Premier Inn after a hard days sailing
Dressed up and ready to go - team Barntley!
The second account is from another Barnt Green sailor who has joined us at K2O this season - Theo in his Optimist:
At the Midlands RYA Junior Regional Championships at Northampton SC there were 10 different fleets. I was at the top of the second most competitive racing fleet, the championship Optimist fleet.
Even though we only had nine sailors, it was still very competitive racing. I had had a lot of training, including the Optimist Nationals, the pre-Nationals training, K20 every weekend and Rockley in the holidays. On the Saturday the weather wasn’t the best. We had a load of wind shifts and the wind kept on suddenly disappearing, but the Sunday was way better - we only had to move the course once and I won two races so that was a great day of racing. Me and Dilara Soyer (from Draycote) were fighting for first and second place in most races and she ended up getting first overall and I was second. I also earned a Values prize for respecting the rules because I did my turns straight away when I hit a mark and still won the race.
My two friends, Ben and Shay, who have done some sailing at Bartley as well (hooray!) were in the fun onboard fleet that was for people who hadn’t done any racing before which is great for beginners. Next year hopefully they will be in the main fleet!
Well-done to the eastern tribe of Bartley sailors who went to Grafham. Thank you to Bartley Sailing Club for training us to be awesome sailors.
Theo in action...
Ben, Theo, and Shay - good sailing, great friends - what could be better!