Ranking series starts

First Holt RYA series for Olympic classes starts this weekend in Pwhelli

Thursday April 4th 2002, Author: Julie Latta, Location: United Kingdom
This weekend (6/7 April) sees the start of the Holt RYA National Ranking Series in Pwhelli, Wales in the Europe, 470, Mistral, Finn and 49er Olympic Classes.

Holt and the RYA have joined forces to launch a series of two day events for sailors of Olympic Class boats at five venues around the UK. The event is open to all sailors and £50,000 of grants will be available to those that are non-lottery funded.

At the RYA Sailboat and Windsurf Show last month, RYA Racing Manager, John Derbyshire and Joint Managing Director of Holt, Zeb Elliott, presented the first grants to 470 sailors Elizabeth Greenhalgh and crew Ali McLeod and fellow 470 sailors, Clive Goodwin and Douglas Powell; each crews received £650 to help towards the cost of traveling and attending the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, which marked the start of the International Olympic Class Regattas.

Up and coming Olympic Class sailors can compete head to head with Britain's elite to win lottery funding for participation on the International dinghy circuit. "The Holt RYA National Ranking System ensures the ongoing future of Great Britain's Olympic Class success and provides a vital opportunity for newcomers and experienced Olympic Class sailors alike to compete at the highest level on home waters," explains RYA Olympic Manager, Stephen Park.

Entries to the events will take place on the day, with registration from 1000 on the Saturday. The first race is scheduled to start at noon and a social evening sponsored by Holt will follow on the Saturday evening.

Further meetings are scheduled to be sailed at:

Hayling Island on the 4-5 May in Europes, 470, Finn and 49ers
Weymouth on the 26/27 October in Europes, 470, Finn, 49ers, Tornado, Yngling and 2.4mR
Rutland on the 9/10 November in Europes, 470, Finn, Tornado and 2.4mR
Warsash on the 16/17 November in 470, Finn, 49ers, Tornado and Ynglings.

The race series is an open event and therefore anybody who sails an Olympic Class boat can enter. There will be a social event on the Saturday night at each event sponsored by Holt and after each event a Holt RYA National Ranking list will be compiled and placed on both the RYA and Holt websites, along with a write up from the weekend's event. Those who are at the top of the ranking list will have the least number of points.

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