RYA - Royal Yachting Association

05/27/2020 | News release | Archived content

Northern Ireland sailor ready for RYA eSailing Spring Championships

Since the RYA announced the launch of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship at the start of April this year, thousands of club sailors have been taking their tactics and strategies onto the virtual waters in an attempt to represent their club in the national final.

Getting through to the final not only means beating your fellow club members in a club championship, but it also means beating other local club champions within your RYA Region, which is no easy feat.

Newcastle Yacht Club sailor Luke McIlwaine showed his eSailing skills with 2 bullets and was crowned NI eSailing champion.

RS400 and Laser sailor Luke now goes on to compete in the RYA eSailing Spring Championships. 10 competitors from around the UK will compete on Saturday 30th May to find out who will be the overall eSailing Spring Champion.

Photo: Luke racing before lockdown. Photo credit: Wavelength images

'During lockdown eSailing was an opportunity for sailors (and non-sailors) to keep some sort of connection with their sport. It has been very popular and I think having these championships is a great way to bring our clubs together and keep members involved with the sport', commented Lisa McCaffrey, RYANI Active Clubs Coordinator

The final will air live on Yachts & Yachting Online - www.yachtsandyachting.com at 10.00am on Saturday 30 May with live commentary from Mark Jardine from Y&Y Online alongside a member of the British Sailing Team. Tune in and cheer on your regional champion.

Thanks to Musto who are kindly supplying prizes for all the regional and Home Country winners plus the main prize for the overall winner of the RYA eSailing Spring Club Championship.

Good luck Luke.