Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars - North Technology

RS-X Youth Europeans - Glory in Brest for GBR youth sailors

by Matt Carter on 9 Jul 2013
Noelle Finch in action in the RS:X windsurfing class © Marc Turner /RYA http://marcturner.photoshelter.com/
On the final day of racing for the 2013 RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships, Britain’s up and coming windsurfing talents have claimed further podium glory for the RYA UK Youth in Brest, France.

Noelle Finch sealed the silver medal for Great Britain while 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds gold medallist Saskia Sills took the bronze medal on the final day of racing in France, adding to the silver medal RYA UK Youth Squad sailors James Henson and Olivier Greber won last week (Friday 5 July) at the SL16 World Championships.

Finch, 18 from Clevedon, North Somerset, who won the U17 RS:X World and European title in 2011, entered Sunday’s three final medal races deciders only one point off Israel’s Hadar Heller, while Saskia Sills and her twin sister Imogen were also one point apart as they battled for the bronze medal position.

Posting a second and third in the opening two races of the day, Finch was poised in the gold medal position heading into the final race of the regatta, however a ninth for the RYA UK Youth Squad sailor and a race win for Heller (ISR) meant the 18-year-old from Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club finished eight points behind the Israeli to take the silver medal.

Two race wins in Sunday’s opening races of the day were more than enough to seal the bronze medal for Sills ahead of her twin sister Imogen. The 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds Gold medallist from Launceston, Cornwall, opened her European account with a bang posting two bullets on the opening day. Sills went onto score a further three race wins from the 14 race regatta, however admitted to finding the conditions some of the most challenging she had ever raced in, leading to a few big scores across the five days of racing.


'I guess I’m happy with the bronze medal, it’s a medal after all so I should always be happy when I win a medal. It was a bit disappointing that I didn’t improve upon my result from last year’s Europeans where I also finished third, and obviously people around me in the fleet have improved but it was a really hard week – some of the hardest conditions I have competed in I would say,' explained Sills.

'I won the most amount of races which is a good sign I guess but I just had absolute shockers in-between - it was just a very challenging week. One race we had around six knots which then increased to 15 knots and once you were at the back of the fleet it was just impossible to gain any places which is quite weird. I just couldn’t seem to get myself up the fleet which made it a really difficult regatta.'

The 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and 2012 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award nominee will now head to Cyprus with her fellow RYA Volvo Team GBR teammates in the hunt to defend her RS:X Youth Worlds title and the Nations Trophy which the GBR team won in Dublin Bay, Ireland at the 2012 event, with Sills acknowledging that this regatta was only a process regatta in preparation for the Youth Worlds.

'Like last year, the Europeans were a complete learning regatta for the ISAF Youth Worlds which is why I’m not too disappointed with a third at this event. I didn’t come to this event to win a medal, it was just frustrating at times with the conditions, but I came here with three goals which I concentrated on all week, goals which I thought would make the biggest difference at the Youth Worlds. I got my head back into the racing environment and I’m really happy with the outcome goals of this regatta.'

Sills continued: 'Ending the regatta with two bullets is also a positive and a good way to end the week of racing. It shows that I’m fast and am able to beat people when I need to which is a great confident boost for the next week’s Youth Worlds in Cyprus.'

Kieran Martin, who will also be heading to Cyprus this week to represent RYA Volvo Team GBR, finished his Youth European Championships in sixth.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, commented: 'Once again our young windsurfers have delivered some great individual performances at a challenging regatta. Of particular mention is the performance of the girls who dominated the top five and I am particularly pleased that their hard work and commitment has paid off, I know each of them have made a lot of sacrifices for their sport and it’s great to see that rewarded with results and the scores so close between the three of them.

'In both the boys and the girls fleets there were a lot of non-Europeans competing which is great to see and gives them a great benchmark for the sailors going to the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships and the Class Youth Worlds later in the year. I know both Kieran and Saskia were using the event to get a look at the opposition and get into the groove after their exams so I look forward to working with them out in Cyprus.'

For more information on the 2013 RS:X European Championships and for full results visit the event website.

For details regarding the RYA Youth Racing programme or for further details on future regattas, please visit the RYA Website.

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignT Clewring - GenericInSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 2
Yachting NZ's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is unprecedented Yachting New Zealand's refusal to nominate in three classes won in the first round of 2016 Olympic Qualification is without precedent. Subject to Appeal, the Kiwis have signaled that they will reject 30% of the positions gained in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Santander in 2014.
Posted on 22 May
Gladwell's Line - World Sailing changes tack after IOC windshift
Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick Over the past year, we've given the International Sailing Federation (now re-badged as World Sailing) a bit of stick. Every blow well earned over issues such as the pollution at Rio, the Israeli exclusion abomination plus a few more. But now World Sailing is getting it right.
Posted on 21 May
Rio 2016 - The Qualification Games - Part 1
Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving its goals Antipodean selection shenanigans aside, the Qualification system for the Rio Olympics appears to be achieving goals set in the Olympic Commission report of 2010. Around 64 countries are expected to be represented in Rio de Janeiro in August. That is a slight increase on Qingdao and Weymouth, but more importantly a full regional qualification system is now in place
Posted on 19 May
Taming the beast-a conversation with Stuart Meurer of Parker Hannifin
While AC72 cats were fast, they difficult to control, so Oracle partnered with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way. If you watched videos of the AC72s racing in the 34th America’s Cup (2013), you’re familiar with the mind-boggling speeds that are possible when wingsail-powered catamarans switch from displacement sailing to foiling mode. While foiling is fast, there’s no disguising the platform’s inherent instability. Now, Oracle Team USA has teamed up with Parker Hannifin to innovate a better way.
Posted on 18 May
From foiling Moths to Olympic starting lines-a Q&A with Bora Gulari
Bora Gulari’s is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class, along with teammate Louisa Chafee. Bora Gulari (USA) has made a strong name for himself within high-performance sailing circles, with wins at the 2009 and 2013 Moth Worlds. In between, he broke the 30-knort barrier and was the 2009 US SAILING Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. His latest challenge is representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 class as skipper, along with his teammate Louisa Chafee.
Posted on 12 May
Concern for Zika at Rio Olympics is now deadly serious
Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, Alphabet soup is one description that has thus far not been used for either Guanabara Bay, or the Rio Olympics. Many others have, and they were apt, but things have changed. So here now we have a situation where one man, Associate Professor Amir Attaran, who does have a more than decent string of letters after his name, is bringing nearly as many facts to bear as references at the article's end
Posted on 12 May
The importance of being Alive
Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, Since buying the stunningly pretty Reichel-Pugh canting keel 66-footer, and re-naming her Alive, the team have lined up for a lot of things, won plenty and nabbed a record, as well. She’s presently in a yard in the Philippines having a minor refit in readiness for the Australian season. It will commence with the upcoming Brisbane to Keppel and then head sharply into this year’s Hobart.
Posted on 10 May
Zhik - The brand born of a notion, not its history
here is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline is officially marketed as Made For Water There is probably every reason that ocean rhymes with notion. Zhik’s tagline has been officially marketed as Made For Water, and this is precisely what the company has done for the last eight years before the succinct and apt strapline came from out of R&D and into mainstream visibility.
Posted on 8 May
Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted on 3 May
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr