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Roseland Paddle and Sail Team 15 Event


The south west zone teams were greeted by perfect flat water, sunshine and a gentle force 2-3 as all the teams rigged and readied themselves to do battle. With such perfect conditions the course was quickly set and a briefing signalled the start of what was set to be a fantastic day on the water. What’s more, the introduction of the new ‘open fleet’ meant it wasn’t just the T15ers who were chomping at the bit to get out there as kids and parents alike donned wetsuits and headed to the start line. The conditions remained consistent for the entire day leading to some excellent races and close finishes as all competitors found their feet and start pushing for the top spots.


As the day came to a close and the dust started to settle a prize giving was called to announce who had done enough to get on the podium in their respective fleets. However after the first few podium finishes were called it quickly became apparent that the Polkerris Pirates had exceeded all expectations and blown most of their rivals out of the water (so to speak)! Incredibly when the winning team was announced it was made clear that the Pirates had won by a whopping 12 points clear of the nearest team. After never winning an interclub event before the whole team were ecstatic, setting a very high precedent for the up-n-coming events and have clearly shown themselves to be a force to be reckoned with this year! Well done all of you!


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Video: Saskia Sills Interview

Boards previously reported that Saskia Sills had won yet another award, becoming YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year, now the RYA present a great interview with Sills talking through her success of 2012.

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RS:X Training and RYA Youth Championships Entry

If you an up and coming RS:X racer then the winter training series of events are a must attend. One coaching weekend has already passed, but there’s a few more to go too:

Event Type Location Date
Open training 7 Non-Qualifier Weymouth 5 & 6 January 2013
Open training Winter Camp Winter Camp Detail to follow TBC 21 to 24 February 2013
Open training 8 Non-Qualifier Weymouth 9 & 10 March 2013
Open training 9 Non-Qualifier Pitsford 20 & 21 April 3013

These weekends will provide the training needed to take you to the top in RS:X, so whether you’re just moving up from Techno or are already racing on RS:X get involved! For more details of the coaching on offer head to the UKWA website here. 

Entries are also open for the 2013 RYA National Youth Championships:

RS:X World's in Cadiz

RS:X racing at the world's in Cadiz

The 2013 Championships are being staged at Largs Sailing Club (Scotland) from Saturday 30 March to Friday 5 April and are guaranteed to attract the best youth sailors from around the country vying for top level competition, including competitors looking to earn selection to the RYA National Youth Squads.

Racing will be highly charged as always, with past winners defending their titles against the cream of the RYA National Youth Squads and Transition Squads, as well as a whole new generation of sailors making the step up from junior level into the championships this year.

In addition to the British sailors at the event, which will include 2012 ISAF Youth Worlds RS:X Gold medallist Saskia Sills, RYA event organisers have once more invited foreign teams to participate and are hopeful that last year’s representation from seven nations, including as far afield as New Zealand, can be topped by this year’s edition. Selection for RYA Team GBR – the team which will represent Great Britain at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Limassol, Cyprus in July 2013 – will also be up for grabs along with the opportunity to stake their claim as Britain’s top young sailors and win a host of International travel grants.

The 2012 Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, which was staged in Dublin Bay last year, saw Britain’s young talents bring home two gold medals and one bronze and the prestigious Nations Trophy for the top nation overall. With this in mind, selectors will be eager to pick the best of the best from the action at Largs Sailing Club in an attempt to secure the Nations Trophy in Limassol, Cyprus for a second consecutive year.

Racing will be held for boys in Laser Standards, girls and boys in Laser Radials and Neil Pryde RS:X 8.5 windsurfers, and for all-boy, all-girl or mixed crews in 420s, 29ers and Spitfire catamarans.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, commented: “We are very much looking forward to hosting the 2013 event up in Largs – it is an excellent venue with great local support and very experienced volunteers from Largs Sailing Club and the Scottish Sailing Institute, and we always receive a great welcome.”

“I am sure once again with this valuable support we can lay on not only a well organised and successful event but also a great spectacle to promote our fantastic sport in Scotland and to the rest of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The sailors have been training hard all winter and the selectors look forward witnessing some extremely competitive racing.”

The entry deadline for the RYA Youth National Championships 2013 is up until 2359hrs on Sunday 17th March – late entries will not be accepted.

The RYA Youth Racing programme receives generous support from official clothing supplier Henri Lloyd.

For more information on the 2013 RYA Youth National Championships and to enter online please visit


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Scotland’s sailing clubs, volunteers and instructors who have made an outstanding commitment to the sport in 2012 will be recognised at the RYA Scotland’s Annual Awards, which were declared open for nominations this month.


Team 15 racing

The search has begun for Scotland’s top coach, instructor, club, volunteer, young volunteer and outstanding female contribution to the sport, with the winners being honoured at a prestigious dinner in February.

Judging this year’s awards is a distinguished panel:  twice Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Shirley Robertson OBE who nominated Borders 17 year Callum Airlie as one of the seven young athletes to light the London 2012 Games cauldron;  Mike Hay MBE, British Olympic Association’s Head of Winter Sport Engagement and sportscotland board member;  and Chris Tiso, CEO at Tiso Group Ltd, and sponsor of British Team member Charlotte Dobson in her 2012 Olympic campaign.

The 2012 RYA Scotland Awards winners will be announced and celebrated at a special dinner in Largs on Saturday 23rd February 2013 during RYA Scotland’s Big Weekend, the annual boat show that looks to bring sailors from all over Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

Nine months after being crowned RYA Scotland’s Club of the Year, Chanonry Sailing Club is still benefitting from being recognised as the country’s top club.

“Winning the award gives you such a sense of pride in your club,” said Helen Jenner, Commodore at the Fortrose-based club.  “It recognises people, particularly our volunteer coaches, for all the great work that they do. It’s a huge pat on the back.”

“And winning the award has helped a general feel good feeling, a yes we can attitude, right around the club.”

RYA Scotland Chief Operating Officer, James Stuart, said:  “Recognising and celebrating the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, coaches, instructors, sailors and clubs is hugely important to our sport and we urge you to nominate those who have gone that extra mile for their sport, achieved great successes and have helped to encourage others.

“In this Olympic year many people in Scotland sailing have capitalised by leading and promoting sailing at their clubs.  Our awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievements of these people, many of them unsung heroes.”

To help recognise the commitment of the people and volunteers who are so dedicated to our sport, please complete your nomination at:

Closing date for nominations is Monday 7th January 2013

The 2012 RYAS Awards categories:

RYA Scotland Coach of the Year

RYA Scotland Instructor of the Year

RYA Scotland Club of the Year

RYA Scotland Volunteer of the Year

RYA Scotland Young Volunteer of the Year

RYA Scotland’s Elizabeth Mackay award – for outstanding female contribution to the sport

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RYA Club Workshops 2012/13

Calling all RYA clubs to become involved int he 2013 support programmes; this is your opportunity to help your club succeed in the coming years. 


Club racing

As the autumn approaches we know that clubs are planning their 2013 summer programme and looking further ahead. At the RYA and within the RYA Regional Teams, we are also looking at how we can support you with best practice and advice, to help you prosper in difficult economic times and flourish over the next 5, 10 and 15 years.

We are here to help. During the winter period we will be delivering a series of sequential Club Workshops across England. These workshops will last for two and a half hours each and will offer you the opportunity to hear about best practice, allow you to share ideas and give you ideas on how to move ahead with positive actions.

How can you get involved?  Please look through the workshop and assign two of your relevant committee members within the club to attend each of the workshops. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

The bulk of the workshops will be delivered as evening workshops except for the first weekend in December where they will be delivered as an RYA Club Conference. Arrival is from 9:30am, the Conference will start at 10:00am and finish at 4:00pm. The day will include a guest speaker - there are various titles for these talks – check with your region.

Any questions please speak to your Regional Development Officer or High Performance Manager – contact details available here.

Supported by Gallagher Heath.

Click here to book your place on a free RYA Club Workshop

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Silver double for GBR’s Youth Worlds windsurfers

Sills and Martin claim podium honours at 2012 RS:X Youth Worlds.

RS:X Squad

RS:X Squad with coach Ollie Woodcock

There were dual celebrations for Britain’s young windsurfers this weekend, with Kieran Martin and Saskia Sills both claiming podium honours at the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships in Penghu, Chinese Taipei (21-27 October).

The pair earned two hard-fought silver medals for RYA Volvo Team GBR after six days of tough competition at Shili Beach, with the 16-year-old Sills also taking the Under 17 world title in addition to overall silver at the Under 19 event.

Launceston’s Sills sailed a solid series, posting either first or second places in seven of the 13 opening series races to head in the final 10-board medal race with a slender four point lead over Israel’s Neomi Cohen.

But with the Israeli sailor winning the final double-points medal race and the British sailor coming in fourth, the second step on the podium went to Sills, who’s made a rapid impact in her first season in the Youth RS:X class.

She finished third overall in the RS:X Youth European Windsurfing Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, winning the Under 17 category, and quickly followed that up with victory at her first ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland and another gold at the EUROSAF Youth Europeans to earn her nomination alongside Olympic and Paralympic medallists for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the winners of which will be announced next Tuesday (6th November).

RS:X Action

RS:X Action in Taiwan

Saskia’s twin sister Imogen, also competing at the Youth Worlds event, finished seventh overall and picked up bronze in the Under 17 Championship.

Meanwhile in the boy’s event, Cheadle’s Kieran Martin sealed his silver with the help of a race win in the final medal race.

In bronze medal position going in to the final day and with a six point gap to make the leap onto the next step of the podium, the 17-year-old 2012 European silver medallist Martin did precisely what was required of him, pulling off medal race victory and seeing his French rival, Martin Olmeta finish in ninth to elevate the RYA Volvo Team GBR sailor into the silver medal spot.

The event victory went to Poland’s Pawel Tarnowski, who finished ahead of Martin by just one point.

Joe Bennett also featured in the top ten spots for GBR, finishing eighth overall.

RYA Volvo Team GBR RS:X coach Oli Woodcock was pleased with his charges’ efforts.

“We’re really happy with how the event went – the guys all performed brilliantly, not only making the podium but also learning a huge amount from the week.

“It was building up to be a really high wind regatta, sort of 20-25 knots and gusting up to 50 at times in the days beforehand, which is apparently normal for this time of year!  By the time the event came around it had settled down a bit and was much more of an all-round regatta in terms of the conditions.

“Saskia’s had an awesome first season in the RS:X,” Woodcock explained. “She sailed really well this week, but just made a few too many mistakes this time to clinch the overall win.  She’s a little bit gutted to have missed out on another gold here, but she’s really mature for her age and will learn from those mistakes and come back stronger next year.  It’s a great result for Imi [Imogen] as well, who was sailing her first event as a full member of the RYA Volvo Team GBR RS:X Youth squad.

“Kieran’s had a bit of an up and down year so I’m really pleased for him that he’s been able to get a good result at these Worlds as well,” Woodcock continued.

“We did a lot of work after the ISAF Youth Worlds and the EUROSAF event, and he’d been racing really well in our pre-event training so we knew it was possible.  All credit to Kieran, he was mature and relaxed and made sure he was in the top three on the days when we had light winds, and top 10 in the planing races to put himself in the best possible position.”

For more information and for full results from the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships visit the event website.

For details regarding the RYA Volvo Youth Racing programme or for further details on future regattas, click here.

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Video: Techno 293 Europeans

The Techno Europeans are on! Taking place in Los Alcazares until the 27th October hundreds of competitors, including a strong contingent of British racers are battling it out until the 27th October for the European titles. You can follow all the action from the events on the techno site Despite the decision to remove windsurfing as an Olympic sport Techno racing is stronger than ever, check out the short clips below from day zero and one of the event; we are sure there will be more to come too!

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Pugneys Pirates Finish Third in Team 15 Champions Cup Final

The winning zone teams from throughout England, as well as the Scottish, and Welsh Champions ensured that there were over a hundred young windsurfers competing at Pitsford over the weekend of 13 and 14th of October.

Pugney’s team:

Back row left to right : Matt English, Eve Collett, Fiona Anderson, Paul Dinsdale, Joe Carter, Jane Vallance, Christina Coates, Joe Thompson, Jacob Collett and Oliver Anderson

Front row (sitting) left to right: Tom Sambrook, Matt Carey and Josh Carey.

The regional inter club championships take place over the summer and Pugney’s are the defending RYA North Zone Champions. This is just the second year that Pugney’s have made it to the final and they finished fifth in 2011.Some of the 2012 squad did not compete in last years final but  after an excellent summer of training and competing the squad of 13 were hopeful of not only doing well but of also having a fun weekend.

Racing was divided into two courses depending upon which size sail the windsurfers use. The 3.5m and 4.5m surfers sail a shorter course than the 5.8m and 6.8m surfers but in basic terms, the larger the sail area the faster (in theory) you will go.

Saturday was a day of very little wind but there was also a huge downpour of hailstones as the bizarre summer of British weather continued. Watching parents scrambled for cover as the windsurfers had to sail through the hail. Ideally Pugney’s would have preferred a lot more wind as this would have made some of their more experienced surfers on the larger 5.8m and 6.8 m sails more competitive but at the end of a very tiring first day they were in third place. The leading team were the Hythe Hotshots from the South East Zone. After day one it was literally a case of “All Hail the Hythe Hotshots”.

Day two was slightly better in terms of their being a little more wind and Pugney’s pushed hard for the win. All the team performed excellently. The event uses the top six placed competitors in each team to work out the winning score.

In the end Hythe Hotshots performed incredibly over the two days to win. Second were Axbridge Animals and in third place (by just three points from Axbridge) were a very delighted Pugney’s Pirates. The third place trophy was accepted by head coach Roy Peacock.

Roy said “I am absolutely delighted for the team who continue to improve year upon year. I cannot fault the effort the team has put in. Some of our windsurfers had worked so hard in the light winds that we had to send them out with their hands taped up as they had blistered. The team spirit has been excellent as ever and like all true pirates, we will be looking to the horizon next year for more adventures on the water”.

Roy added “In true speech mode, there are a lot of people to thank for getting the Pirates to where they are. My coaching assistants Gabby, Joel and Nicola; the parents, grandparents and friends of the team members who take time to travel with their kids; Steve Cerrone and his team at Pugney’s; Wakefield Council and Tushingham/Starboard who continue to sponsor us”.

T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a local grass roots level. Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15.

If you are 15 years old or younger and you want to become a real Pirate then please come along to Pugney’s Country Park on a Saturday morning between 9:30 and 12:30. Training is provided safely and all kit can be borrowed from Pugney’s at a very low cost.

This Joe Thompson who managed to beat 24 competitors to win the 5.8 m fleet. Nick Dempsey was asked why he had taken up windsurfing when he was a kid. His answer was ” Windsurfing is cool and you meet girls”, some things never change.

This is Matt Carey who has had a fantastic year. Matt will be leaving the team as he (and his brother Josh) have just been selected for the national squad. Matt won the 6.8 m fleet beating 23 others.

Flying along to claim second place in the 3.5 m fleet was Jacob Collett .

Finishing in 4th in the 3.5m fleet was Jane Vallance who worked as hard as anyone all weekend so she deserved to stand on the podium in 1st place, until Sam Ross moved her on!

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Windsurfing on Sky Sports

Last week we heard that Sam Ross had been interviewed by Sky Sports, and now we can check out the result! A piece on windsurfing, including Sam, Mike Dempsey (Nick’s father), Emma Labourne and many more up and coming windsurfers is currently running on Sky Sports. It’s great to see Sky Sports pushing windsurfing, and hopefully generating even more interest!

Check out the full video through this link

Sky Sports

Get involved in windsurfing!

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Rippers Weekend with Sam Ross and Jamie Drummond

On the 27th and 28th October, Tushingham/Starboard guru Sam Ross and Jamie Drummond will head to West Wittering, to run another fantastic Rippers Freestyle Camp. Sam and Jamie both have a wealth of experience they are ready to pass onto any kids out there who are wanted to progress their freestyle.

West Wittering Ripper’s Camp 2011 from Sam Ross on Vimeo.

Full camp info below:

9:00-9:30- arrive Rig and Register
9:30-10:00- Goals, Groups and team warm up
10-13:00- Tacking transitions
13:00-14:00- Lunch
14:00-14:30- Getting into waves, getting out, getting in and what happens when you’re out there
15:00- 16:30- Taking off and tearing it up, getting airborne and wave sailing
17:00- end of day one plan for the following day

Rippers Camp

Get involved!

9:00- Rig and ready for action.
9:30- 12:00- Putting your heat together, nailing the moves you’ve been working on and putting them together for best effect.
12:00-12:30- competition briefing
12:30-13:15 – Lunch
13:15- Competition time
16:00- Prize giving

Sailing Instructions:
This two day camp is aimed at Kids and teens who are already blasting around on boards of around 100ltrs and below on all points of sails.

Sam and Jamie will split the group according to ability but both groups will have the same overall aim. To dramatically push and improve these young sailors in a coastal environment over the weekend and have loads of fun.

The groups will be looking at a range of things from sailing on the sea more confidently, carving gybes, duck gybes and jumping. To popping for freestyle moves forwards and all modern freestyle manoeuvres.

With or without wind this camp is aimed at improving these young ripper’s all round waterman ship and so will be looking at knowledge, skills and etiquette within the coastal environment.

Surf, Paddlesurfing and Wind supping are all tools that the camp will make use depending on what the conditions are most appropriate for.

Sailors will need the following:
1. Windsurfing equipment appropriate for the conditions i.e.: a board around 100 ltrs or less appropriate for the conditions found at the coast. Larger boards will be available as part of the camp and small freestyle and wave boards are available for hire through X-train.
2. Warm Wetsuit
3. Plenty of warm and waterproof clothing.
4. Snacks, water, food and lunch.
5. Trainers for warm ups..

Booking: Please call 01243 513077 or drop us an email at
Prices are £120 for the 2 days which includes a free Rippers Tee-shirt. If you need hire gear we can offer a 50% discount of our day rate. Sups and surfboards will be provided free if required.

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