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RYA Youth Nationals - The Champions

Strong winds returned to Largs, Scotland, for the final day of racing at the 2018 RYA Youth National Championships to ensure that all medals had to be earned in the trickiest of conditions.

420 Niamh Harper and Ross Thompson - Click image for a larger image

420 Champions

Niamh Harper and Ross Thompson (Loch Tummel) took two wins from two final day races. Finishing with an impressive 19 point lead over second placed Rhys Lewis and Drew Wright (CBYC).

Adele Young and Daniel Burns (Parkstone) took the final place on the Open podium with the bronze medal.

Harper and Thompson also claim the U19 title with Lewis and Wright second.

Vita Heathcote and Milly Boyle (RLymYC) claim the 420 Girls crown, leaving Megan Ferguson and Bettine Harris (FPSC) to take silver. Charlotte Boyle and Georgia Baker (RLYC) had to settle for 420 Girls bronze.

Jack Lewis and Charlie Bacon (Draycote) took the U17 Boys gold with Katie Byne and Ellie Rush (Draycote) claiming U17 Girls honours.

Nacra15 Champions

William Smith and Abigail Clarke (Grafham SC) proved their dominance winning six of the ten races throughout the series.

Just that step behind were Morgan Smith and Molly Desorgher (Rutland) who claimed silver with two second places on the final day. Sibling team Theo and Jasmine Williams (Restronguet) took third place on the podium.

Ben Harris and Annabel Luxton (Weston) claim the U17 title.

Nacra15 William Smith and Abigail Clarke - Click image for a larger image

Laser Standard Champions

Joseph Mullan (SUWC) took the final race of the championship and with it the gold medal.

Scot Jamie Calder (Loch Tummel) had to settle for the silver with Jake Farren-Price (Chew Valley) securing the bronze medal.

Laser Radial Boys Champion

Jake Bowhay (Stokes Bay), with two third places from the two races, leapfrogged to the top of the leaderboard and claimed gold ahead of Wales’ Tom Renny (Teifi) in silver and Arthur Fry (RLYC) in bronze.

Radial Chloe Barr - Click image for a larger image

Laser Radial Girls Champion

Chloe Barr (Stokes Bay) took a first and second place to give her the overall victory. Daisy Collingridge (Waldringfield) who was leading the fleet heading in to the final two races took silver.

Iona Dixon (Docklands) took the bronze ahead of Matilda Nicholls (RLYC) who finished on equal points.

29er Champion

The 29er fleet was cut to one race of the scheduled two as conditions changed so much that that second had to be abandoned.

That meant that Ewan Wilson and Finley Armstrong (Wormit) were crowned 29er Open winners, six points ahead of James Hammett and Piers Nicholls (HISC) who wished they had more time to put pressure on the leaders following a second in race one.

Freddie Peters and Elliott Wells (HISC) will feel they let a better finish slip as they could only manage a discarded 16th place. They did however hold on to bronze.

In the 29er Girls, Bella Fellows and Anna Sturrock (Yealm) had a comfortable cushion of 22 points ahead of their nearest rivals Hannah Bristow and Jessica Jobson (WPNSA) who took silver.

Freya Black and Millie Aldridge (HISC) took bronze.

The U17 winners were Pierce Harris and Alfie Cogger (Windermere) in the Open and Elodie Edwards and Amy Bale (Pwllheli) in the Girls.

Full results available here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
6 April 2018 21:14 GMT


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