Youth Sailing News

Skye and Adele show off the trophy at the club Christmas Lunch

Stop Press – 2024 Cambs Youth League Dates

The timetable for the 2024 Youth League has now been published:

24th April – Cam SC

1st June – Grafham Water SC

6th July – Ely SC

21st September – Paxton Lakes SC

12th October – Hunts SC

Team Grafham Triumph at Cambs Youth League!

Thomas Macfarlane took 6th place at Hunts

The final event in the Cambs Youth Sailing League took place at Hunts SC on Saturday 14th October. Another fantastic turnout by Team Grafham saw Adele Burbidge sailing her Laser Radial and Thomas Macfarlane, Lewis Tinkler, Lucas Rooke and Mushui Zuo in Toppers. Team Grafham came into the event with a 55 point lead in the Team Series competition and Adele in second place in the Individual series, only a few points behind the leader, but there was no room for complacency with the very strong home team from Hunts snapping at their heels.

Lucas Rooke, 13th in the Individual series

The tricky conditions, with strong gusts, lulls and large wind shifts meant the local sailors’ knowledge was a great advantage. The CYL is both an individual and a team event, with prizes for the winners and winning team on the day and also for the whole series, which consisted of events at Cam, Grafham and Ely, with the series rounded off at Hunts. In the team event, the best three scores from each club in each race contribute to the total points. This means it is vital for at least three club members to sail at each event, to avoid having to count Did Not Sail points. This year we were fortunate to have at least three sailors at each event.

Adele Burbidge, 2nd place

Team Grafham were given an early boost in the series thanks to excellent performances by Adele and Skye at the first event at Cam SC in April and by Tim Evans, Dom Atherton, Thomas Matthews and Adele at the Grafham event in June. Skye put in a great performance at Ely in July but unfortunately had to miss the last event due to injury, and Thomas Matthews was away at an open meeting (congratulations Thomas on your third place there).

Thomas Macfarlane and Lewis, both at their first away event, and Lucas all contributed valuable low points scores to our team total. When all the calculations were complete, Team Grafham led the team series by 33 points. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this great result, including Imogen Nancekievill and Sophie Thomas, who both provided valuable points at Cam SC and Ely SC respectively.

In the Individual event, Adele came second at Hunts and held on to her second place in the series. Mushui Zuo, who sailed in all the events except Cam, was second in the series Under 12 category, coming 14th in the series.

See the full results here.

Many thanks to the parents and grandparents who acted as chauffeurs and boat riggers to allow this great achievement. Next year starts with the event at Cam SC in April and we are hoping to build on this year’s success. The competition will be tough though, as Ely SC in particular are going from strength to strength with a growing team of young sailors.

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Team Grafham had another great day in the Cambs Youth League on Saturday 1st July at Ely SC. Five of our young sailors travelled to Ely where the conditions were challenging. Vicious gusts were followed by lulls with a complete lack of wind and the sailors had to keep their wits about them in the shifting breeze Skye Collard was second and Lucas Rooke was awarded the Endeavour prize. Well done to all five of them, including Adele, Mushiu and Sophie, who contributed to keeping Team Grafham in the lead in the team event.

Following the success of Team Grafham in the Cambs Youth League, there are plenty more opportunities for our young sailors to progress in their sailing careers. Team Grafham is run every Saturday afternoon and is open to all with Stage 2 or equivalent experience. Find out more and book here.

Coming up on Monday – Wednesday 23rd – 25th October is Team Grafham Half Term Fun.

On Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th June, GWSC hosted the RYA Eastern Region Junior Championship and many of our young sailors took part. See the report here.