Challenging conditions for Derbyshire Youth sailors

Ogston sailor Ben Crossdale took first place in the Derbyshire Youth Sailing series event. Photo: John Hesp.
Ogston sailor Ben Crossdale took first place in the Derbyshire Youth Sailing series event. Photo: John Hesp.

IT WAS the turn of Ogston to act as hosts for the latest in the Derbyshire Youth Sailing’s (DYS) series of dinghy racing events.

The travelling fleet was joined on Saturday by a group fresh from Ogston’s Junior Fleet training sessions, making a total of 28 boats.

Because of the much-publicised water shortage at Ogston, racing took place on tight courses laid in the deeper sections of the reservoir.

A gusty wind from the north east rolled over the wooded hills on the Clay Cross and Stretton side of the water, making the breeze quite unpredictable for the sailors. Over the three races, this meant that sailors had very mixed fortunes. Boats capsized in the gusts while, close by, others dropped into confusing spots with no wind at all.

Ben Crossdale, an Ogston sailor in his final year of DYS, took first place. Josh Haynes, from Trent Valley, was second overall and won the trophy for first sailor in the intermediate age range.

Top junior was Roscoe Martin, another Ogston sailor. Meanwhile, the victors from last year, Callum and Rory MacKenzie, had a series of misfortunes which led to them retiring from all three races after gear failure and capsizes.

Race Officer Jon Ward said: “Ogston is always a challenging place to sail and the conditions tested all the sailors today.

“It was good to hear sailors at the front of the fleet offering advice and encouragement to the younger ones at the back. That sort of spirit means that, although it’s a serious competition, everyone on the water has fun.”

The series moves on to Carsington on Saturday June 11. Many of the sailors will join the squad of 23 boats to represent the county at the National Schools Sailing Association Championships at Grafham Water in July.