Entries open for BYS 2020 Regional Junior Championships

2018 British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships Northants 29th September © RYA / James Tomlinson

British Youth Sailing will open entries for the 2020 Regional Junior Championships – a series of regattas all over the country that form a festival of sailing for young people – today (Tuesday August 25).

Five regattas will take place over the weekend of September 26 and 27 catering for those who sail in the RS Tera Sport, Optimist, Topper and RS Feva classes.

Each event will feature a championship fleet for seasoned racers and an OnBoard Fun fleet for first timers. A series of five events solely for windsurfers will also be held at different locations.

Numbers will be limited at each regatta and entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each host club will use their own safety procedures, however all will follow the RYA’s Covid-19 guidance for major events.

Due to the limitations on numbers at the Regional Junior Championships, it is not possible to host the ILCA 4/4.7 fleet, the RYA says. It’s working with the UKLA on an open and inclusive regional training programme, details of which will be released shortly at laser.org.uk.

Events are also scheduled for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but because of the differing Covid-19 restrictions across the UK, details have not yet been finalised. The RYA Home Countries will issue updates on their events in due course.

“We’re delighted to be able to run the 2020 Regional Junior Championships, although naturally they will look and feel a bit different to previous years,” says Chris Atherton, RYA National Performance Manager.

“The Regional Junior Championships have been a real hit with young sailors since we launched them in 2018, and the British Youth Sailing team has worked tirelessly to ensure this year’s regattas deliver the same amount of fun and quality racing in a safe environment.”

Results from the Regional Junior Championships will be considered by British Youth Sailing in issuing invites to the new BYS Regional Training Groups – a series of class-specific junior training groups aimed at reinvigorating regional and club racing in England.

However, due to the limitations of the regattas, other factors such as results from secondary indicator events and demonstration of BYS values and behaviours will also be considered.

“The Regional Junior Championships will also mark the start of the new era for British Youth Sailing focusing on establishing Regional Training Groups to boost regional racing across England,” Atherton says. “If you want to be considered for a Regional Training Group, please make sure you apply online.”

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