South Zone Scoop 2010 Eric Twiname Shield

Having endured pretty testing high winds and driving rain yesterday, the concluding day of the championships bought with it far more favourable conditions for 325 competitors at the event, with the sun coming out of hiding and the wind speed dropping from 20 to 10-15 knots. As a result the days full complement of three races took place allowing for some swapping of places at the top of the fleets and the South Zone to emerge as the new Eric Twiname Champions.

In clinching their victory the South Zone also won the Eric Twiname Dinghy Trophy, awarded to the Zone with top overall Dinghy score, while the North got their hands on the Eric Twiname Windsurfing Trophy, awarded to Zone with top overall Windsurfing score.
 
Girl power proved victorious in the events brand new Feva class as South Zone duo Anna Prescott, 13, and Jessica Eales, 12, sealed the class victory, doing it in impressive style winning all but one of their races over the two days. The South East’s boys Barnaby Blackstone, 13 / Ben Moverley Smith, 14, made do with second place finishing nine points behind.
 
And it was the South Zones Shorrock brothers Matthew, 13, and Ben, 10, who wrapped up event honours in the Cadet class notching up double-bullets in their six races with fellow South team mates Will Davis and Jack Collings clinching more points for the Zone finishing up in third.    
 
Northern Ireland sailor Jack Brien, 13, keep a cool head today having lead the Topper fleet at close of play yesterday, and posted good enough results to see him clinch the class victory at his second ET event.
 
There was a big shake up in the Optimist fleet as the South East Zone’s 11-year-old James Scott jumped a massive 12 places in the class from 13th on day one to first today knocking overnight leader Max Spedding of the podium. The results saw James scoop the class event title having rounded off a cracking day with a win in his penultimate race and a second in his last. Ellen Greenwell, 13, finished top girl lying 13th overall.  
 
James commented: “It feels really good to be holding the Optimist trophy - I really wasn’t expecting to be winning it this year!  I had to really concentrate and keep focused and I just did it. I made a plan of the race and just made sure I stuck to it and just sailed it and didn’t let anyone else stop me.”
 
The North Zones Grayson family continued their dominance of the Mirror class on day two, holding on to their first and second placings of Saturdays proceedings with Edward Grayson, 15  / Matthew Foster, 12,  posting bullets in all five of their races after discards holding onto the top of the table. Sisters 15 year-old Emma and 11 year-old Rachel Grayson took second.
 
The windsurfing fleets saw dominance in 4.5m fleet from North zone sailor Sarah Labourne, 11, who posted bullets in all but one of her races to collect the crown with fellow north Zone sailor Luke Patrick, 14, achieving three bullets in his 7.8m races to clinch his event victory.
 
In the 6.8m’s past Team15 sailor Henry Bloodworth, 11, had a great closing day posting two seconds and one first to claim his class win for the South East with South West sailor Daniel Wilson, 11, also having a great day posting back-to-back bullets knocking the North zones Saturday night 5.8m leader Harry Davis off top spot.     
 
Meanwhile, with the event also doubling up as the first part of the selection process for the 2010 Laser 4.7 National Junior Squad, Snaith’s Henry Wetherell, 13, has been on stunning form over the two days dropping just one second place to post perfect bullets in all his races, after discard, and scoop event victory. Andrew Bridgman, 15, picked up second place, sixteen points behind Wetherell, with Robert Dyer in third and Megan O’Brien, 13, finishing top girl, fifth overall, having posted a very credible second in one of her races.  
 
Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, said: “I was particularly impressed with the tenacity of the competitors on Saturday and the quality of boat/board handling demonstrated in what were really quite breezy, and cold conditions. The sailors and coaches have obviously worked hard over the winter and I suspect the cold spell in January was the ideal preparation for Saturday! It’s been a really worthy test for the winners with all the races being fiercely contested.
 
“I hope the experience will prove an ideal platform for the sailors to go on and contest National Junior Squad selections throughout this season. I look forward to seeing how the sailors progress throughout this and future years,” he concluded.
 
John Derbyshire, RYA Racing Manager / Performance Director added: “The RYA Eric Twiname Championships are a fundamental rung in the development ladder for the young sailors, some of whom will have started at the absolute grassroots through the RYA’s OnBoard and Team15 programmes and for those who we hope will eventually go on to represent Britain as seniors at the World’s biggest Olympic Classes regattas.”

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