New prizes for Zone championships
Last years events saw 1,000 young sailors competing in the nine events across the country with an unprecedented 209 boats taking part in the Southern Zone
Championship. Increased numbers are expected at this years events, six of which will be held on the 6/7 July, 2002 (full details below).
The Sunsail holiday will be awarded to the Volvo RYA Champion Club that has the most top three finishes at their Volvo RYA Zone/Home Country Championship. Should there be a tie, it will be decided by counting the number of first places achieved.
The winning Volvo RYA Champion Club's can then use the Sunsail holiday to raise funds within their club to benefit their youth and junior sailing schemes by auction, raffle or any other innovative means.
The holiday is for two people and can be taken at any of the Mediterranean Sunsail Clubs, all of which feature free watersport activities, including windsurfing and dinghy/catamaran sailing. Each of the Sunsail sites have fully supervised day-long kids' clubs.
The competition is open to any qualified Volvo RYA Champion Club at the date of the Championship. This is another great incentive to qualify as a Champion Club and for Champion Clubs to bring teams of youth and junior sailors to one of the nine events.
Alisdair Sewell, Marketing Manager from Sunsail, is pleased to be a supporter of this grass roots sailing programme, "we are delighted to be supporting the Volvo RYA Zone/Home Country Championships and look forward to seeing how the winning clubs come up with innovative ways of raising funds to benefit their young sailors".
Martin Laurence from Volvo Car UK Ltd added "We are delighted for Sunsail to come onboard to support the these Championships. The holiday prize will provide the winning Volvo RYA Champion Club with a valuable fund raising tool and so we look forward to some intense competition at each event."
Details of 2002 Volvo RYA Zone / Home Country Championships
The Volvo RYA Zone / Home Country Championships are a chance for talented young sailors from clubs all around the country, who may not sail a designated RYA youth or junior class, to get the chance to qualify for a place in the new Zone Talent Squads. The events offer a real taste for competition and high quality racing.
South Zone (6/7 July 2002) - Lee-on- Solent Sailing Club
East Zone (6/7 July 2002) - Bewl Valley Sailing Club
South West Zone (6/7 July 2002) - Mount Batten Sailing and Watersport Centre
East Zone (6/7 July 2002) - Grafham Water Sailing Club
North Zone (6/7 July 2002) - Derwent Reservior Sailing Club
West Zone (6/7 July 2002) - Draycote Water Sailing Club
Welsh Sailing Championships (20/21 April 2002) - Pwllheli Sailing Club
Scottish Youth Championships (8 June 2002) - Elie and Earls Ferry SC, Fife
Ireland Youth Championships (7/8 September) - East Down Yacht Club
Classes competing will be; Optimist, Topper, Cadet, Mirror, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, 420, 29er, Hobie 16 and Hobie Dragoon as well as a fast and slow handicap class.
On the windsurfing side racing will be on the 3.5m, 4.5m, 5.5m Aloha and the National Junior Class and Race Board / Formula Youth. The 4.5m and 5.5m classes can be sailed on one of the following options - Hifly Magnum, Hifly Maxx or Bic Calypso.