Over 370 sailors are now in Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for the start of the 2015 RYA Youth National Championships. Racing kicks off tomorrow, with all six classes taking to the water to commence battle.
Competitors from all corners of the UK will race over five days to be crowned RYA Youth National Champion, whilst also having the chance to be selected to represent Great Britain on an international stage. Many of the sailors will also be enjoying the opportunity to catch up with old friends, as this is the biggest multi-class youth event in the year.
The forecast for the start of the week looks to be light and challenging, however there could be a sea breeze opportunity. The long range forecast is for an increase in wind strength. The full range of conditions will be a good test for all the sailors. Those who can adapt quickly to the changeable conditions and put together a consistent series are likely to come out at the top of the leaderboard.
Registration and equipment inspection have been taking place throughout the Easter weekend, sailors have also been using this time to fit in final preparations on and off the water.
Warning signal for the first race tomorrow is 11.25am. You can watch the live streaming from the Harbour course on the sportsXstream website here. GPS tracking will also be live for all courses on the sportsXstream class pages here.
You can follow the event and see the action unfold on the British Youth Sailing Team Facebook page and on Twitter at @RYAyouthracing. Share your comments with us using #RYAYouths.
Article Author RYA 5/4/2015 16:24
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