Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - LEADERBOARD

Impressive results from Royal Lymington's youth sailors at the 29er Nationals

by Tanya Baddeley 16 Aug 09:28 PDT 9-13 August 2022
Sam Webb & Ben Mueller (2nd), Santi Sesto Cosby & Leo Wilkinson (1st), Charlie Gran & Sam Jones (3rd) at the 29er UK National Championships © Genie Webb

From Monday 9th to Saturday 13th August, youth sailors from Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLymYC) competed in the 29er National Championships at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. With just two days between the end of the World Championships in Barcelona and the start of the National Championships, there was little rest and a very quick turnaround in the midst of the heat wave.

The National Championship racing took place over six days, with practice races on the Monday followed by three days of qualifiers and two days of final races. The PRO Ian Bullock did his best to get three races per day but the light winds tended to die around lunchtime so it was early starts followed by swimming in the afternoon.

Santi Sesto Cosby and crew Leo Wilkinson started very strongly with four bullets in a row! Ben Mueller and Sam Webb put on a very good chase but could not close what was an unassailable lead, even with two bullets to finish in races 11 and 12.

Santi said: "The fleet was a very high level as most had just come back from the Worlds, so people were trained and ready to go. It wasn't that windy and was all down to playing the shifts, especially downwind. It was so nice to race with all our friends and the best way to finish the season and finish my time sailing with Leo who will now be moving on to the 49er."

From the girls' perspective it was extremely tight race, even to the last day. However, Ella Lightbody and Felicity Brellisford managed their first ever bullet in the 29er on day 4 and that gave them a strong position going into the final day.

Ella said: "We're super happy that all our hard work over the winter has paid off, it's a great way to end the season."

Congratulations to RLymYC's Santi Sesto Cosby and Leo Wilkinson who became the 2022 29er Youth, Open and British National Champions.

And to RLymYC's Ella Lightbody and Felicity Brellisford who were crowed the 2022 29er Ladies British National Champions (ninth overall).

RLymYC members Ben Mueller and Sam Webb finished an impressive second overall.

Well done also to Annabelle Vines with crew Raulf Berry who were in a close race all week for the Mixed Pair title, narrowly missing out despite a third place in the final race. They finished second Mixed Team (15th Overall)

Results for other RLymYC members: Cameron Sword sailing with Johnny Sargent finished 8th overall, Oliver Vines with Kuba Staite were 19th overall, Agnes Bracey Davis and crew Felix Cummings were 23rd overall and George May sailing with Rob Mawdsley were 28th overall.

RLymYC 29er Fleet Captain and UK 29er Class Association Chairman, Phil Lightbody said: "Congratulations to the RLymYC 29er fleet for their superb performance at the Nationals! The fleet has worked hard over a busy summer of events, with many of them having taken time out for their GCSEs and A Levels in May and June."

The 29er is a fun, fast and exhilarating boat to sail. This high-performance skiff is a two-person, single trapeze dinghy with an asymmetric spinnaker. Fully battened sails, with a self-tacking jib, supported on a composite tipped mast make the 29er dynamite downwind. The 29er is a great boat to transition into after learning to sail in one of the junior classes.

Royal Lymington Yacht Club's vibrant 29er fleet welcomes sailors transitioning from other junior fleets and consists both of sailors new to the fleet who are seeking to pair up with a crew or helm, as well as a number of established pairs who have been training together for some time. Regular coaching and training is offered, as well as racing on Monday evenings and Friday evenings. Find out more at rlymyc.org.uk/29ers

Related Articles

Entry is open for North East Youth Championships
Packed racing schedule for 29er, 420, ILCA, RS Aero and RS200 sailors Packed racing schedule at premier venue for 29er, 420, ILCA, RS Aero and RS200 sailors - Entries are open for the North East Youth Championships at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club with competitors from across the region and beyond invited to sign up. Posted on 23 Sep
Allen 29er GP1 at the WPNSA
A shifty weekend in Portland Harbour The Allen flags were flying as sailors arrived at WPNSA on Saturday morning welcomed by a brisk northerly breeze. One by one the masts went up as the sailors prepared for what they thought would be a light and slightly shifty day. Posted on 23 Sep
29er EuroCup Hungary preview
The event, which is also the Hungarian Nationals, will take place on Lake Balaton After hosting the first Hungarian 29er EuroCup in 2019, Balatonfüredi Yacht Club - the third oldest sailing club in Europe - will again host this year's EuroCup, the ninth event in a series of 10 in the 29er Class for 2022. Posted on 12 Sep
29er Worlds 2022 at El Balís, Spain overall
Argentinians win Men's fleet, Spanish sisters win in Women's A day of snakes and ladders for the leaders of the Gold fleet led to an incredibly tight finish with only one point between the final positions overall. The positions in the top five switched around throughout the day. Posted on 6 Aug
29er Worlds 2022 at El Balís, Spain day 5
Closely fought battle on the penultimate day Just nine points separate the top five overall in the 29er World Championship, El Balis, as the regatta progresses into the final day of racing. Italians Alex Demurtras and Giovanni Santi regain the top spot. Posted on 6 Aug
29er Worlds 2022 at El Balís, Spain day 4
French team Hugo Revil and Karl Devaux take the lead French team Hugo Revil and Karl Devaux have taken the lead of the 29er Worlds in the choppy waters of El Balis after three races on the first day of the final series, although tied on 46 points with the Italian team of Alex Demurtas and Giovanni Santi. Posted on 5 Aug
29er Worlds 2022 at El Balís, Spain day 3
Italians Alex Demurtras/Giovanni Santi storm into the lead The 29er class World Championship, which is being held at the Club Nàutic El Balís, heads into the Finals stage of the competition, starting Thursday 4th August. Posted on 4 Aug
29er Worlds 2022 at El Balís, Spain day 2
Yoel Hernández and Álvaro Alonso lead The Canarian crew Yoel Hernández and Álvaro Alonso top the overnight leaderboard of the 29er World Championship, in the stunning waters of the Club Nàutic El Balís, after a second long day, intense, but complete. Posted on 3 Aug
29er Worlds 2022 at El Balís, Spain day 1
The Hungarian team of Kis-Szölgyémi and Juhász are overnight leaders On Monday 1st August, the 29er World Championship opened under the spanish sun in the clear waters of the Club Nàutic El Balís, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres. Posted on 2 Aug
29er World Championship preview
245 boats from 26 countries have just gone afloat in Spain The 29er World Championships are to be held from July 31st to August 6 at the Club Nàutic El Balís, and is set to have an unprecedented number of participants - 245 boats from 26 countries and 54 continents. Posted on 31 Jul
North Sails 2021 Innovation - FOOTERZhik 2022 Choice of Champions FOOTERDoyle Sails 2020 - Cruising Confidence 728x90 BOTTOM