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2011 Junior Team
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2011 Youth Team

Youth & Junior Team Racing...What an improvement !

Full report to follow.....highlights so far

At this weekends RYA Team Racing event, SSSC Junior and Youth teams put on a great performance and showed much improvement from previous years results in this event.

With 48 teams and 288 sailors all Under 19, the event is a true spectacle and feat of organisation of around 250 races over the 2 days !

The Youth team of Alison, Alistair, Connie, Eleanor, Emily & Sam achieved a fantastic first day performance of 6 wins out of 7 which put them in the top 6 of the 24 teams and into the Gold League for Sunday.
With the Top 6 Gold League comprising the current world team racing champions and the best teams in the country, SSSC were sailing in a very competitive Final !
The day finished with one more victory and a final position of 5th - Tremendous result and so many close races !
Even in the races against the World Champions, West Kirby, we didn't get beat easily, and were not intimidated in the slightest ! 

The Junior Team of Chloe, Izzy, Meg, Ollie, Tom and Will had results of 5 wins from their 8 races which left them in a very creditable 7th place overall out of 24 Junior teams at the end of the 96 round robin races at Sunday lunchtime. Even the 3 losses were very close affairs especially a very close race with the Oppie girl team (with our own Sarah Norbury!)
 
With a lack of wind on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and with no time for quarter finals or leagues, the Junior competition jumped straight to just the top 4 four ranked teams competing in 2 semi-finals and the final.
So, the Juniors competition had finished earlier than hoped, but the 7th overall far exceeded expectations and the team gained great experience for the future competitions.

Well done to all the sailors and the great support from the Shore 'Camp'.

A big thank-you should also go to all the coaches who have been dedicating time this year with the Juniors and Youths on the sailing and tactics for this thrilling and exhilarating form of the sport - Chris, Keith, Tony, Bill, Neil G.

Link to RYA Report

Link to Youth Results      Junior Results

Link to Photographs

 

Chris Warburton / Neil - 18th October 2011

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