Bray Sail­ing Club’s ju­nior re­gatta has big­gest fleet in years

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BRAY Sail­ing Club took an­other big step for­ward last week in their ef­forts to re­gen­er­ate ju­nior dinghy sail­ing in the North Wick­low club with their largest Ju­nior Re­gatta fleet in many years.

Strongly sup­ported by their neigh­bours in Grey­stones SC, who sailed north with a fleet of 13 boats, the 43 boats and over 70 ju­nior sailors en­joyed four races over ap­prox­i­mately four hours of rac­ing in a steady force 3 south-east­erly breeze.

As with most ju­nior re­gat­tas, the three fleets en­com­passed a wide range of abil­i­ties, rang­ing from com­plete new­com­ers to sail­ing to the old hands try­ing to bag one last vic­tory in their fi­nal Ju­nior event. How­ever, what was not in short sup­ply was en­thu­si­asm and com­pet­i­tive­ness, as ev­i­denced by two gen­eral re­calls, and a num­ber of in­di­vid­ual re­calls.

The cour­ses com­prised a mix­ture of wind­ward-lee­ward and tri­an­gles, with dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions for each race to keep the young­sters on their toes.

Bray Sail­ing Club is run­ning a nine week ju­nior train­ing pro­gramme this year and has a num­ber of ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tives in the pipe­line to make sail­ing more ac­ces­si­ble to mem­bers of their lo­cal com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing plans for an Ir­ish lan­guage sail­ing course in early 2018. De­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties caused by the re­cent silt­ing in Bray Har­bour, the club has ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in adult mem­ber­ship in the last few years, many of whom are par­ents fol­low­ing their chil­dren into sail­ing.

Re­sults can be ac­cessed at http://www.bray­sail­ing­ por­tals/0/Ex­ter­nal/Re­sults/Dinghies/Ju­nior%20Re­gatta%20 2017.html.

Mem­bers of Bray Sail­ing Club at the ju­nior re­gatta.

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