Day one of the RYA Welsh Youth and Junior Championships dawned with bright sunny skies and little breeze forecast all day.
After a few hours of postponement, the boats launched in the hope of finding the elusive sea breeze.
As it picked up to five knots on the race courses the committee did a sterling job to ensure most classes got their races in for the day.
A long, tiring, hot day with plenty of sun cream needed for sailors and parents but what a difference a day makes. We woke to a grey, cloudy Sunday with a chance of rain and afternoon thunderstorms forecast and the most important factor, a welcome breeze promised.
However, with a prompt launch, the wind still managed to evade the race course giving again another light, shifty winds event with the occasional gust. Another great learning opportunity!
We also had sailors in the coached regatta fleet for the younger and less experienced giving our up and coming sailors a fantastic introduction to a larger competitive event.
We had a Rydal Penrhos school pupil in most classes of boat and what a medal haul.
We are so immensely proud of our new Welsh Champions;
- Llion Morris, 1st in Topper out of a fleet of 16 entries
- Fflur Pierce, 1st in RS Tera out of 7 entries, this is the 2nd time Fflur has won!
- Ellie Knight who came 1st girl and 4th overall in the Regatta Fleet out of 15 entries.
- Ewan Luke and Zac Blomeley 1st 29er out of 9 entries, retaining their title.
- Keira Luke and Freddie MacLaverty picked up 2nd for RS Feva
A great event testing how much our sailors have improved over the Winter and Spring season.
We had other school pupils entered who all performed superbly; Eddie, Kevin and Liam Farrell, Ollie and Megan Gibson and Aidan Skinner. Well sailed everyone!