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05/03/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/03/2019 09:35

Britain’s best young sailors head for Eric Twiname Junior Championships

The iconic regatta, hosted by Rutland Sailing Club in conjunction with the Eric Twiname Trust, will take place in nine RYA-recognised classes - Optimist, RS Tera, RS Feva, Topper and Laser 4.7 dinghies and four kinds of Bic Techno windsurfer.

The sailors, aged between 10 and 16, hail from the RYA's ten home countries and regions nationwide, and represent the very best in regional talent.

The regatta, named in memory of legendary sailor, author and journalist Eric Twiname, is regarded by many young racers as a rite of passage as they continue their journey to become top-level racers.

What's more, many of the country's most successful sailors count themselves as past competitor at the Eric Twiname Junior Championships.

Each of the sailors has been invited to compete at the regatta, held from May 4-6, after proving themselves among the top talent from their region.

Last year's regatta was won by the RYA's London and South East region (below) - but there will be stiff competition for this year's title.

'The Eric Twiname Junior Championships is an iconic event that's now been going for 33 years,' said event director Chris Atherton, the RYA's Senior High Performance Manager.

'The regatta brings together the country's best regional sailors to compete for the coveted Eric Twiname Junior Championships title.

'The high standard of sailing these young sailors demonstrate never ceases to amaze me - and there is year-on-year improvement in each of the represented RYA junior recognised classes.'

As well as three days of racing there will be a busy social schedule including the return of the popular human table football on Saturday evening.

To find out more about the 33rd Eric Twiname Junior Championships click here. Full results will be posted here after each day's racing.

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