It is the premier event for Youth sailors in the UK and next week Great Britain’s top young talent will converge on North Wales to do battle at the 2008 RYA Youth National Championships and Trials.
More than 260 of the country’s best Under 19 dinghy sailors, in around 200 boats, will contest no fewer than 27 trophies across six classes when racing takes place at Pwllheli Sailing Club from Monday 31 March to Friday 4 April.
Meanwhile two of the most successful RYA National Junior Squad Bic Techno graduates – Izzy Hamilton and Sophie Bailey – are aiming to upset Kirsten O’Callaghan’s domination of the female Youth RS:X 8.5 event while Under 17 Bic Techno World Champion Ali Masters will be hoping to make a medal-winning step up to the RS:X arena.
The Championships, as always, will form part of the official RYA National Youth Squad review process and act an indicator for sailor support for the relevant class World and European Championship events over the summer as well as selection for the ISAF Youth Worlds in Denmark in July.
The sailors can also look forward to a full programme of events off the water including Simon Hiscocks, 49er medallist at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, providing open coaching debriefs for the first two days of the event and Team Origin grinder Ian Weighell talking about America’s Cup campaigning on Wednesday.
HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, will also visit Pwllheli on Thursday to see the latest crop of talented sailors coming through the ranks.
For more information on the 2008 RYA Youth National Championships and Trials visit www.ryaracingevents.org.uk
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