Local sailors are king of the waves

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YOUNG sailors made their final preparations for competing at the National School Sailing Association 2011 annual youth regatta with a Derbyshire Youth Sailing event at Toddbrook Sailing Club, near Whaley Bridge, last Saturday.

The High Peak weather provided variable and interesting racing conditions for the fleet of 28 boats, with heavy squalls accompanied by rain followed by short periods of blue sky and almost total calm waters.

This meant the sailors had to call on all their skills, and local sailors Sam Woods and Richard Hayton certainly did that by winning both the overall and senior competitions in their Enterprise, double-handed dinghy.

Race Officer Ed Washington said: “It was a real pleasure to see these young sailors tackling the tricky conditions so enthusiastically. The boat handling skills they have are very impressive.”

Wood and Hayton were closely followed by Matthew and Emma Metcalfe-Smith, from Ogston Sailing Club, in their Albacore double-handed dinghy, while another Toddbrook sailor, Harry Hill in his Laser Radial, made it onto the third step of the podium to complete a seniors’ whitewash at the top of the fleet.

In the intermediate age group, Joshua Haynes, from Trent Valley Sailing Club, secured a win and was seventh overall in his Optimist dinghy, while the leading junior sailor was Thomas Woodings, from Carsington Sailing Club, in his Topper 4.2 dinghy, who was 19th overall.