Youth series at Whaley

YOUNG sailors from across the county converged on Whaley Bridge for the latest round in the Derbyshire Youth Sailing (DYS) Peak Dinghy Spares 2012 series.

The event took place during Toddbrook Sailing Club’s ‘Sail for Gold’ regatta last weekend.

The club recently became a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) accredited training centre and was taking part in a national RYA ‘Push the boat out day’ to celebrate and support the endeavours of Team GB sailors in the forthcoming games.

Tricky conditions provided the young Derbyshire sailors with a stern test.

A total of 18 boats sailed for gold, with Great Britain Development Team member Joshua Haynes (Trent Valley SC) in his Optimist dinghy being the overall winner, keeping the home-team duo of Lewis and Harrison Coppinger, sailing a Graduate dinghy, in second place.

“Perhaps there were future Olympians sailing on Saturday,” commented Jane Thorpe.

“It was a fine opportunity for experienced and novice sailors alike to compete, with Sally Best and Annabelle Coppinger sailing together in their first DYS event. The girls only recently took up sailing.”

As well as some excellent sailing, the event raised funds for Sailability.

The next Derbyshire Youth Sailing Peak Dinghy Spares 2012 Series event will be at Staunton Harold Sailing Club on Saturday September 8.

For more information, visit www.dysailing.com.