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Monday, 13 July 2009


Adam Simms wins the Yorkshire and Humberside Youth Sailing Association Series!!!
This is a series of eleven regattas from April to July and attracts junior sailors from all over Yorkshire. This is one of the best attended junior series in the country and Paul Goodison, Olympic gold medallist, has been a previous winner of the series.
Going in to the final event, the title was in the balance - either Ollie Wright from Rotherham on 16 points, Adam on 17 points or Matt Vellamail from Ulley on 18 points, could end up as Series Winner. Ollie and Adam were both looking to discard a 6th. All three needed to win to guarantee the series, but otherwise beating the other two was the main aim. We knew that Adam had to finish 5th or better, and beat Ollie, as Adam had a better countback score in the Series (3 event wins to Ollie's 1).
The racing, as could be expected, was tight all day and was tense for competitors and spectators alike. In the first race Adam finished in 2nd, Matt in 3rd and Ollie 7th, then in the next race Adam was 3rd, Matt 5th and Ollie 7th again. John and Adam had worked out by then that Adam had probably done enough even if Ollie won the last race (which he did), he couldn't beat Adam on the day. So for the Ripon event Adam finished 2nd at with Ollie finishing in 3rd place. This meant that they were both on equal points at the end of the Series with 13 points and so Adam won on countback. It really couldn't have been much closer !!!

Couple of pictures - Adam and Ollie battling it out in the last race - and Adam receiving the Series Trophy from Roy Goodison (Father of Olympic champion Paul - who won the series in 1994, 95 & 96)

Well done Adam!

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