The RYA South Zone scoop the RYA Eric Twiname Shield

Some 325 sailors in 285 boats representing the nine RYA Zone and Home Countries took to the water in an attempt to wrestle the coveted Eric Twiname Shield from the grasp of 2011 event winners the RYA West Zone - and with dominant performances across all fleets the South Zone walk away proud winners.

With a light breeze on the opening day of the Championships (Saturday 12 May), stronger winds gusting a maximum of 15 knots and spells of sunshine throughout today (Sunday 13 May) enabled the nation’s finest Junior sailors to compete in exhilarating conditions out on Rutland Water. In clinching their prestigious victory the RYA South Zone also won the Eric Twiname Dinghy Trophy, awarded to the Zone performing best from the top two dinghy classes out of the five, while the North Zone for a remarkable third year running retained the Eric Twiname Windsurfing Trophy, awarded to the Zone scoring best from two of the four windsurfing classes.

In the single handed classes it was the South East Zone’s Harriet Ward (Queen Mary SC) who dominated proceedings elevating her to the summit of the Topper fleet after scoring a remarkable five bullets across the two days of racing. Optimist sailor Freya Black (Bewl Valley SC) carried on from where she left off on day one, maintaining her position at the top of the leader board and securing event honours for the South East Zone. Adding to the success, the South East Zone was also awarded the top overall Zone in both the Topper and Optimist fleets.

South Zone sailors Nick Robins (Hayling Island SC)/Alicia Campbell-Bottoms (Hayling Island SC) leapfrogged the overnight leaders to take event victory in the RS Feva class, while fellow South Zone Squad members Ben Shorrock (Frensham Pond SC)/Tom Bridge (Frensham Pond SC) sailed to victory in the Cadet fleet after an impressive two bullets in the final races of the regatta. In the Mirror fleet, South Zone Squad sailors Jo Kalderon(Itchenor SC)/Sally Lorimer (Warsash SC), who finished yesterday in third, clawed back to claim event honours after an emphatic final race win. The top Zone in both the RS Feva and Mirror fleets was the South Zone, while the South West Zone was the top Cadet Zone.

“It feels fantastic to be crowned champion in the Mirror fleet,” enthused Itchenor Sailing Clubs Jo Kalderon. “It’s been a great weekend of sailing with some very competitive racing. Rutland is a really good venue and we love to sail here. It has been quite challenging at times, with some big shifts today, but we have learnt a lot which we can take forward into future regattas.

“The table football last night (Saturday 12 May) was also really good fun, we have also met some new sailors from different Squads and made a few new friends along the way which is always nice,” concluded the 2012 RYA Eric Twiname Mirror Champion.

South Zone windsurfer Ben Tweedle (Emsworth SC) claimed victory in the Bic Techno 4.5m class, with top prizes also going to Zara Petts (Hssc), Ross Warren (Roseland Waveriders) and Jordan Howram (North Lincs Humberside SC) in the Techno 5.5m, 6.8m and 7.8m event respectively. The top RYA Zone in the 4.5 rig was the South, in the 5.8 it was the South East, the South West clinched the 6.8 top Zone while the North clinched the 7.8 overall Zone.

The first part of the selection process for the 2012 Laser 4.7 National Junior Squad was also taking place this weekend at Rutland with Ellie Cumpsty (Chew Valley Lake SC), a member of the RYA Volvo Laser Radial National Youth Squad, taking event honours after discarding yesterday’s 22 and posting two bullets and a third in her three races today. Matthew Whitfield (Penarth/Cardiff Bay YC) finished the regatta two points behind in second while Will Creaven (Cardiff Bay YC) followed in third.

Chris Blackburn, Event Director/North and West RYA High Performance Manager, commented: “The level of racing displayed by the Junior sailors this year has been fantastic, they have all obviously been working hard with their coaches as part of the RYA Zone and Home Country Squad programmes. I am positive that this weekend will prove an ideal platform for the sailors to go on and contest National Junior Squad selections throughout this season and prepare them for the Summer regattas and their future sailing careers.”

Tim Hall, RYA Event Manager, added: “The Championships this year has been an enormous success and a massive thank you on behalf of everyone must go to Rutland Sailing Club for hosting the sailors and the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust for supporting the regatta for the consecutive 26th year. The event is an integral part of the Junior class calendar and it is a real pleasure to put on multi class, multi course, national event for the next wave of our future Olympians.”

Thanks to the long-standing and on-going support of the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust, the event is free to enter with all costs associated with the running of the regatta met by the RYA and the Trust.

For more information and for the full results from the regatta please visit the event website www.ryaracingevents.org.uk

2012 RYA Eric Twiname Championships Results:

Overall results of the 2012 Eric Twiname Shield
1) RYA South Zone
2) RYA South East Zone
3) RYA North Zone

Dinghies

Optimists
1) Freya Black (Bewl Valley SC)
2) Matthew Leckie (Leigh and Lowton SC)
3) James Hammett (Papercourt/Hayling Island SC)
Winning Zone: South East

Toppers
1) Harriet Ward (Queen Mary SC)
2) Adam Fuller (Orwell Yacht Club And Royal Harwich Yacht Club)
3) Emily Lloyd (Plymouth Youth Sailing)
Winning Zone: South East

Cadets
1) Ben Shorrock/Tom Bridge (Frensham Pond SC)
2) Sophie Goodrich/Hannah Goodrich (South Cerney SC)
3) Alex Page/Richard Townley (Alton Water Sailing Academy)
Winning Zone: South West

RS Fevas
1) Nick Robins/Alicia Campbell-Bottoms (Hayling Island SC)
2) Harvey Martin/Will Ward (Ogston SC)
3) James Eales/Rebecca Lewis (Royal Lymington Yacht Club)
Winning Zone: South

Mirrors
1) Jo Kalderon(Itchenor SC )/ Sally Lorimer (Warsash SC)
2) Rachel Grayson/George Richards (Beaver SC)
3) Max Odell (Hayling Island SC)/Finley Boon (Northampton SC)Winning Zone: South

Dinghy overall winning Zone:
1) RYA South Zone
2) RYA South East Zone
3) RYA West Zone

Windsurfers:

Bic Techno 4.5
1) Ben Tweedle (Emsworth SC)
2) Stanley Corr (Astbury Sailsport SC)
3) Libby Rodgers (Axbridge Animals)
Winning Zone: South

Bic Techno 5.8
1) Zara Petts (Hssc)
2) Thomas Cave (Lakeside SC)
3) Galahad Wisbey (Hssc & Queen Mary SC)
Winning Zone: South

Bic Techno 6.8
1) Ross Warren (Roseland Waveriders)
2) Alexei Murphy (Bray Manic Monkeys)
3) Alice Read (Oxford SC)
Winning Zone: South West

Bic Techno 7.8
1) Jordan Howram (North Lincs Humberside SC)
2) Tristan Levie (Largs SC)
3) Rachel Horton (Poole Academy Allstars)
Winning Zone: North

Windsurfing overall winning Zone:
1) RYA North Zone
2) RYA South West Zone
3) RYA South Zone

Laser 4.7 indicator results:
1) Ellie Cumpsty (Chew Valley Lake SC)
2) Matthew Whitfield(Penarth/Cardiff Bay Yacht Club)
3) Will Creaven (Cardiff Bay Yacht Club)

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