RS200 youth nationals preview

To be held next weekend at Stewartby

Saturday October 12th 2002, Author: Paul Fox, Location: United Kingdom
The RS200 is ideally suited to lighter weight teams and the youth element has always been an important part of the RS200 scene. The class association has for some time encouraged youth by offering youth prizes at the Nationals and organising a Youth Championship for the first time at Bowmoor last year. This year's event is to be held at Stewartby on the 19th-20th October. Stewartby is 3 miles South West of Bedford and centrally placed with good access from M1 J13.

To encourage participation from Scotland and other far-flung destinations, some RS200 activists are offering to loan boats and pick-up from the close by Luton Airport, where many budget airlines fly into. Charles Roome (Youth Representative on the RS200 Committee) is keeping a register of crews, helms and boat who want to sail. Charles can be contacted on charles_m_roome@hotmail.com

Not many people under 19 can necessarily afford their own boat, but as last years events shows many persuade parents or generous helms to load their boat for the weekend. Coaching and advice is seen as an essential part of the weekend, with at least 2 RYA RS200 class coaches available through the weekend.

The class association sees youth participation as an essential investment for the future, with an active Youth Representative on the RS200 Committee (Charles Roome).

In many ways the RS200 is complementary to the RYA youth schemes with many 405, Topper, Cadet and Mirror sailors sailing the boat as a second class. This often provides them with big fleet experience as well as laying foundations for classes such as the 29er. Many take to the boat after they leave the RYA schemes, perhaps because the boat is equally home on restricted waters, as well as on open waters. Another big attraction is the unique as lively RS social scene!!.

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