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Other Sports - 09. May 2007.

Battle of the Zones draws young sailors to Rutland

This weekend (12-13 May) will see over 340 young sailors from all over the UK descend on the Rutland Sailing Club ready for battle at the 2007 RYA Eric Twiname Championships.

The event, which is the pinnacle of the RYA’s Junior racing calendar, is now in its 21st year and will see young competitors in over 285 boats and windsurfers pit their sailing skills against the best young talents from each of six English Zones, and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in a bid to help their Zone or home country team clinch the coveted Eric Twiname Shield at the end of the weekend.

Racing will take place across the two days in Optimists, Toppers, Mirrors and Cadets, with the windsurfers competing on Bic Techno boards with 4.5m, 5.5m, 6.8m and 7.8m rigs. The weekend will also see several Laser 4.7 sailors take to Rutland Water for the penultimate indicator event for the GBR RYA Laser 4.7 National Junior Squad, which is being run concurrently.

Competitors at the RYA ET Championships are all aged between 8 and 14 years, and for many of them this will be their first taste of a multi-class large scale national event. All costs associated with running the regatta are met by the RYA and the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust, and as such, it is free to enter.

“We are very grateful that the Eric Twiname Trust continues to support this event, and are also indebted to our hosts and the many volunteers at Rutland Sailing Club who have put in a lot of time and effort to ensure the sailors have a great weekend of racing,” said RYA Junior Racing Manager Duncan Truswell.

“The event is steeped in history and almost all the top Olympic sailors of our generation have ‘cut their teeth’ at this regatta in the past.”

For the fifth year running, Rutland Sailing Club, which is recognised as one of the UK’s premier inland sailing clubs and one of the first clubs to attain Volvo RYA Champion Club status, will host the event with the support of over 150 volunteers, many of them local to the Rutland area.

The battle of the zones will take place from 12-13 May at Rutland Water. Further event information and results can be found on the event website at http://www.ryaracingevents.org.uk/regattas/et2007/

For more media information or to register for a press pass to attend the event, please contact Lindsey Bell, Team GBR Communications Officer, Tel: 023 80 604 216 Mobile: 07900 570530, e-mail: [email protected]

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