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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Two good weekends for Luke

Luke has had two good weeks racing his Topper in recent North East Traveller Events.
Firstly at Yorkshire Dales SC on a sunny but windy day he won 2 out the 3 races despite suffering from gear failure at the start of the second race to win that event. 
Then the next weekend at Beaver, in lighter winds but rain (ugh!) 23 Toppers turned up to contest the Northern Championship. The lighter winds kept the fleet close together and each race was very competitive with a number of sailors getting to the front at times however in the two races after lunch Luke got to the front when it really mattered – at the Finish to win this event also !
The leading boats going up the beat
Calum, Luke’s swimming, sorry sailing partner in the RS200 on Tuesday Night pushed Luke really hard in the event to take 2nd place.

Going into a summer break from the North East Travellers Series, Tom Clayton and Luke are locked together at the top so it will be interesting who comes back from the Nationals and Worlds in the best form and does well in the remaining events of the series.

See yachtsandyachting.com for the full write ups of the two events.


Thanks to Ian Escritt for the articles and the photos

The start at Beaver SC

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Free Olympic Tickets for 18 - 26 year olds

Dear Sail for Gold Activator

I am delighted to be writing to you as a Sail for Gold club in connection with the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme.  This gives young adults (18-26 years) the opportunity to attend an Olympic Games event for free. 

What is London 2012 Ticketshare?
The Ticketshare scheme allows people to attend the Games for free, through a levy on London 2012 Prestige Ticketing hospitality packages. The British Olympic Association is one of the stakeholders that can access free tickets and their distribution is outlined below.  You can read all about London 2012 Ticketshare at http://www.london2012.com/visiting/tickets/ticketshare/ .

Who can benefit?
The Ticketshare scheme seeks to inspire young adults to pursue their sporting ambitions.  The RYA has been allocated 80 tickets for young adults, aged 18-26 years, from Sail for Gold clubs.  Successful applicants will receive a single ticket to go to an Olympic Games event and that person will go to the event in a group with other successful nominees from other sailing clubs. Certain groups may be accompanied by a British Olympian.
How do we apply?
The scheme will be publicly announced on July 29. Prior to this, please give your club members the information and guidance on nominating individuals for the free tickets.
·         Nominees must be a bone fide member of the club and be aged between 18 and 26 years old.
·         Suitable candidates should be nominated by your members, who should write 100-150 words on how the nominee already ‘lives’ one or more of the Olympic Values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect
·         Please select one winner and email to celia.edgington@rya.org.uk with the nominees’ contact details and the written entry statement. 
·         Nominations close on 16 September. 
·         The RYA will select 80 successful nominations at random to receive tickets to an Olympic Games event.  Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
·         The successful nominees will receive ONE ticket which includes free transport within London zones.  Transport outside of London and accommodation must be paid for by the individual.
·         Tickets must be used only by the successful nominee and are non-transferable.  
·         Successful nominees will be announced in early 2012 and tickets distributed soon thereafter to the winners.   
·         Terms and Conditions apply.  Please see here for more details: http://www.london2012.com/visiting/tickets/ticketshare/london-2012-ticketshare-terms-and-conditions/

Ticketshare scheme the young person needs to be aged 18 to 26 years inclusive on the 27th July 2012

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Yeadon Ladies and Junior Race 2011

Dear All,

Well done to everyone who braved the almost zero wind conditions to take part in the third Junior Race (combined with the Ladies Race) last Saturday.

Vanessa realised what the conditions were like and stayed very close to the start boat during the countdown and in consequence lead the combined Junior and Ladies fleet off the line. Light wind techniques were very much in evidence ( boats heeled over, helms sat well forward and down to leeward and no sudden movements). Hannah and Ben kept swapping places throughout the race as one got the wind and the other didn’t, while Phil Kitchen sailing with his young son (sorry didn’t get his name !) followed on. On the tricky beat between 3 & 4 (tricky ‘cause there was definitely very little wind around there) Vanessa got overtaken by Gail and Jo racing for the Ladies Trophy. In view of the light winds and the fact that it had taken the leaders 30 mins to complete the first lap the OOD was kind and he shorten the course as they came through. Gail lead across the line but Jo in the Mirror was close enough to take the (Ladies) race on handicap. Vanessa was next as 1st Junior and third Lady, whilst Hannah and Ben continued battling with Hannah coming second and Ben third.

In controversial circumstances Jo Beard retired from the Ladies Race as her crew Denis (a man !) at one point touched the helm to ensure they avoided another boat and the OOD had threatened before the race to disqualify any Lady who how had any male help in the race. The view from the gathered spectators was that the OOD was definitely a meanie !!!!

This Sunday (10th July) at 2.30 pm it is next Junior Race of the series, held within the normal Club racing. I believe the two current front runners may not be able to get down to race so it could be an ideal time for the rest of you to win a race !

Hopefully see lots of you out on the water on Sunday.
Hon Sailing Coach

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Yeadon sailors get on board !

4 juniors sailors from the Club joined in the OnBoard Regatta on the Tarn being run by Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre and the RYA last week.

Over the preceding weeks a number of pupils from Priesthorpe School and Leeds Grammar have being attending OnBoard courses being run by LSAC and the Regatta was a fun way of concluding the courses.

Everybody entered into the spirit of the fun competition and there was lots of encouragement for each of the sailors even when a certain Yeadon sailor tried towing the turning mark back to the jetty !

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

For more information about how to get involved in sailing visit the RYA’s website www.rya.org.uk or the OnBoard website http://www.ruob.co.uk/