Bray Sailing Club’s annual junior sailing regatta took place last week, with 39 boats and 67 competitors from Bray and neighbouring Greystones Sailing Clubs experiencing a wide range of conditions off the County Wicklow coast.
Four fleets - Picos, Lasers, RS Fevas, and mixed PY, sailed three challenging races before Race Officer Mark Henderson decided that the freshening winds and an increasing number of capsizes had brought the day’s competition to an end and sent competitors ashore for a well-deserved BBQ.
The mixed range of abilities on the water, with some relative novice sailors in the Pico fleet, was catered for by a combination of courses with shorter courses being run for the Picos. The close competition meant that two of the four fleets saw the first, second, and third-placed boats tied equally on points, with two count backs needed to break the ties. The full results are available to view at the link below.
The high turnout at the regatta is further evidence of the resurgence of junior sailing in this north Wicklow club, where between 40 and 70 junior sailors are on (or in) the water every weekend, and which last year won the coveted “Volvo Irish Sailing Training Centre of the Year” award. Bray SC’s junior training programme runs for ten weeks this summer and will see over 150 junior sailors taking part in week long courses.
Regatta results are available to view here