1-5 April 2013

333 keen young sailors in 240 boats, from as far away as New Zealand, arrived in the pretty coastal town on Largs over the Easter weekend to compete at this premier youth event. 6 categories of dinghies took part: Laser, Laser Radial, Spitfire, 29er, 420 and RSX windsurfer.

Over the first 2 days, the 29er’s and the Laser Radials fought for positions in their gold and silver fleets. Then the competition continued for another 3 days of Gold and Silver split, with points carried over and fixed from the previous qualifying days.

The weather for the week was sun every day but very cold temperatures with Monday being the coldest. A good 15-20 knot wind greeted the sailors on day 1 but the rest of the week was full of light, shifty and very unpredictable wind.

This year, Alex Collins represented Bolton Sailing Club and fought his way through the qualifying rounds scoring a 19, 14, DNF, UFD, 5 and 29 to earn a coveted place in the Gold Fleet.

Alex at the Worlds

Alex at the Worlds

Sailing against the top youth sailors in the country Alex managed to achieve an overall result of 54th out of 110 Laser Radials scoring 31, 39, 8, 46, 47 in the tricky conditions that Largs offered.

During the week Alex also celebrated his 17th birthday

Alex and his ice cream

Alex and his ice cream

…..finally getting the L plates on his mams car and the ice cream he’d always wanted!

We also managed to catch a fleeting glimpse of Peter Mackin aboard the stunning 60 foot training ketch ‘Tenacity of Bolton’.

Peter on Tenacity of Bolton

Peter on Tenacity of Bolton

Peter was sadly unable to compete in the youth champs this year but was off instead on a sailing adventure of his own around the coast of Scotland, as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Both Alex and Peter have high hopes for next year’s competition and want to make Bolton Sailing Club proud ……. youth of BSC come and join us next year! It’s great fun and really hones those sailing skills

– Alex Collins