Tide turns in national title defence

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DERBYSHIRE Youth Sailing went close in their title defence at the National School Sailing Association (NSSA) Golden Jubilee Regatta 2012 in Weymouth. The team finished an impressive fourth place overall out of 29 teams from right across the UK.

Derbyshire Team Manager Melissa Wellbourn said: “Defending the title of being the overall winning team was our aim and all the sailors worked really hard to try and achieve this, but a team from Northampton proved stronger in the end and our congratulations must go to them.

“Our highest-placed sailors, Harvey Martin and Will Ward, were the champions of their fleet in the Feva Class double handed dinghy, and we also had highly-placed sailors in the Laser Radial and Handicap fleets too.”

Martin and Ward are now the latest recipients of the Derbyshire Bell Trophy, awarded to the leading sailors from the Derbyshire team at the NSSA Annual Regatta.

Martin commented: “The conditions were pretty difficult all week, with very changeable weather to contend with, but we kept our focus and the results came good for us.”

In the Laser Radial single-handed class dinghy, sister and brother Alice and Toby Woodings came a very creditable sixth and seventh place respectively overall.

In the slow handicap fleet, the highest-placed Derbyshire sailor was Oliver Law in his Europe single-handed class dinghy, who was fifth, while James Hart and Ben Haynes, in their Splash single-handed class dinghies, were seventh and eighth respectively, separated by just half a point.

In the fast handicap fleet, the Fireball double-handed dinghy of Sam Brooke and Oliver Stone was placed 12th overall.

The next Derbyshire Youth Sailing series event is on Saturday at Toddbrook Sailing Club, which is hosting the event as part of its ‘Sail for Gold’ celebrations in the Push the Boat Out event.