Please select your home edition
SW newsletters (top)

Future of UK match racing to compete in Harken Youth Match Racing Championships

by Richard Aspland 29 Jul 2018 01:09 PDT 1-2 September 2018
British Keelboat Academy racing © Brad / RYA

Entries are now open for the 2018 RYA Harken Youth Match Racing Championship to be hosted at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy from 1-2 September.

The championship offers the chance to represent Great Britain at the next Youth Match Racing World Championship and will see ten young skippers go for match racing glory over two days in the RYA's fleet of matched Elliott 6m keelboats.

Sailors from around the world of racing have contested the championships and it has been an integral part of their journey to sailing greatness throughout many disciplines. Past winners include Americas Cup sailor Paul Campbell-James, short-handed Figaro sailors Nick Cherry and Sam Goodchild, dinghy world champions Ben Saxton and Annabel Vose, and six-time World Match Race Tour champion Ian Williams.

Racing at the championship will see each team face-off in a round robin format before the top teams fight it out in a semi-final. The winning semi-finalists will then move on to the winner takes all finale in the impressive fleet of newly refurbished boats.

Each boat has undergone a recent high spec refit with new title sponsor Harken fittings throughout to ensure there are no race delays and ensuring reliable performance to crown the 2018 champion.

Andy Ash-Vie, Harken UK Managing Director, said: "As a global market leader Harken have been involved with match racing all over the world so this UK championship felt like a natural fit for us.

"We have seen that the fleet of Elliot 6m keelboats are used frequently to support youth sailing in the UK, something important to us at Harken, so we are proud to add our backing to the development of the future stars of sailing. We can't wait to see who the 2018 champion will be."

First time match racers are encouraged to attend as experienced coaches will be on the water providing feedback between races and a highly qualified umpire team always available to help sailors to get to grips with using the rules on the water.

Anyone wanting to take part in the event should get their entry in as quickly as possible as places are filling up fast. Details can be found on the RYA website, www.rya/go/keelboat or by emailing for more information.

Related Articles

And they're up!
Back in Where's Wally? we looked at the incredible new foiler, the SYRA18. Back in Where's Wally? we looked at the incredible new foiler, the SYRA18. Please go back and check that out if you cannot remember it. Since then, Nils Frei and Yves Detrey have had their prototype for the monohull that morphs into a cat out on the water Posted on 25 Aug
J/70 UK Nationals at Torbay day 2
A day to keep your head out of the boat The second day of the J/70 UK National Championship was one to keep your head out of the boat. After a delay ashore, a sea breeze materialized producing super-light conditions for the international fleet. Posted on 25 Aug
Rolex TP52 Worlds at Palma day 1
Tina Plattner's Phoenix 12 leads A pair of third places gained in light sea breeze conditions from the white-hot, 11-strong fleet gives Tina Plattner and the crew of Phoenix 12 the overall lead after the first two races at the Rolex TP52 World Championship on the Bay of Palma. Posted on 25 Aug
M32 Pre-Worlds at Lake Garda overall
Jennifer Wilson wins event, GAC Pindar wins European Series While her brother Don's Convexity came out on top on day one of the M32 Pre-Worlds yesterday, today it was the turn of Jennifer Wilson and her Convergence team to turn on the after burners, three bullets winning her the regatta by a three point margin. Posted on 25 Aug
Hamilton Island Race Week concludes
A stellar evening marking the end of the event Week in, week out, year-round, Charles Curran's Murray 60 Sydney can be seen racing on Sydney Harbour and the hard work paid off for skipper David Kellett and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia team at the 36th edition of Race Week. Posted on 25 Aug
North Sails Weekly Debrief
IC37 success, Expert tips & tricks, TP52 Worlds preview, Boat Show Season After making one design waves in North America, the first IC37 delivered to Europe won IRC Class 1 at Cowes Week with conviction. Posted on 25 Aug
J/70 UK Nationals at Torbay day 1
Calypso Hustle in Torbados Caribbean style conditions on the first day of the J/70 UK National Championships had the J/70 fleet grinning form ear to ear, after three highly competitive races in the beautiful surrounding of Torbay, nicknamed Torbados but the J/70 fleet. Posted on 25 Aug
M32 Pre-Worlds at Lake Garda day 1
Small lead to Convexity after awkward opening day The M32 Pre-Worlds got off to a tentative opening when Riva del Garda's usually 100% reliable, set-your-watch-by-it Ora southerly not only failed to fill in but was eventually replaced by the Pelèr northerly, traditionally Lake Garda's morning breeze. Posted on 25 Aug
2019 J/24 US Nationals at Rochester day 2
Will Welles upholds his lead in New York Day two of the J/24 US National Championship hosted by Rochester Yacht Club in New York was a challenging one for the 46 J/24 teams. The scorecard lit up with U-Flag and Black-Flag penalties, as three more races went in the books Posted on 25 Aug
Albacore Internationals at Shelburne practice race
Abandoned after one lap due to the sea breeze interrupting the land breeze The practice race for the 48 boats from Canada, USA, England and not least the Shetland Isles, today was started in a cracking northerly breeze but was abandoned after one lap due to the sea breeze interrupting the land breeze. Posted on 24 Aug
MBW newsletters (top)