Welcome to the October RYA NorthWest newsletter. Here, you will read about RYA activities in the NW, and find out more about latest initiatives from RYA HQ. The newsletter is being sent by e mail to clubs and centres in the NW. You can forward the e mail news to your fellow committee members at your club, or even to all your membership thus giving them all the chance to get the latest news fast. Print a copy to put on your notice board to let others see the news, or cut and paste stories onto your club website. You can also be added to the circulation group to receive your own personal copy.

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jgraham.knox@virgin.net . 

This month’s highlights include;

  • Dates for your Diary
  • Windsurfing- Astbury are National T15 champs
  • Junior Racing- West Zone championships
  • Youth Racing- Sailor wins SportsAid One to Watch award
  • NW sailors join Volvo Keelboat squads
  • Club Conference 2007, West Zone – all clubs invited
  • Junior Racing- NW Junior Travellers series completed
  • Club of the Year competition opens
  • Junior Sailing- Singlehanders event at Bolton announced
  • Regional Development- Meet Sally at Regional AGM
  • Team Racing- West Kirby take silver for GBR at Worlds
  • RYA NorthWest AGM- October 30.
  • Powerboats- Take the Safety Boat Challenge!
  • RYA Publications


Safety Boat Challenge, West Cheshire SC, October 27

Europe Inlands & Finn Northerns, Leigh & Lowton, October 27/28

Merlin Silver Tiller, Hollingworth Lake, October 27/28

RYA NW Region AGM, Wigan, October 30

Windsurf Conversion course, Pugneys, Wakefield, November 2

West Zone Club Conference, Winsford Flash, November 11

Club Racing Coach course, Bolton, November 10/11 




Local youth windsurfing team, Team Astbury from Congleton, beat some of the country’s best windsurfing talent this weekend (6-7th October) in order to be crowned 2007 Team15 National Champions.  

The event saw over 100 kids gather at Rutland Water, Leicestershire, for the culmination of the RYA’s Team15 National Championship ““ The Champions Cup ““ which proved to be one of the most closely contested finals in the championship’s history.  

With light winds and few races to demonstrate their skill, tactics and stamina proved vital and after a slow but skilful five races the final points table was extremely close with just seven points separating the top 4 teams.  The nine teams competing hailed from as far afield as the Highlands of Scotland to the depths of Cornwall, having all qualified to represent their zones at the event after winning their regional heats over the summer.  

After a greatly anticipated wait, as points were calculated and checked, it was our local team, Team Astbury who posted consistently good results across the five classes and clinched the top spot and winner’s podium. It was however a closely fought contest with second place Roseland Wave Riders from the south west zone finishing just five points behind, and Covenham Cyclones from the Midlands zone just one point behind them in third place. 

Ali Yates, Team Astbury coach said: “I am extremely pleased for the team as they’ve put in so much hard work to get here.  Having come 3rd for the last two years we were determined to come home with the cup. 

“With different teams qualifying for the final this year we didn’t know what to expect, so we went for every single point we could and just did our very best. We’re all over the moon.” 

Individual honours also went to Team Astbury’s Steven Tyson (15)  who dominated the 6.8m class winning all his races. “Last year I only managed a third so I am really happy to have won, especially as the standard is so much higher this year.”  

2007 Champions, Team Astbury take home to their club a brand new board, rig and sail thanks to Riks Windsurfing, Tushingham and Naish, as well as individual goodie bags. 

Team Astbury meet at Astbury Water Park where kids aged 8-15 can learn all about windsurfing and windsurf racing in a friendly team environment. If you want to know more about Team15 go to www.team15.org.uk.

Champions Cup 2007 final results:

    Place Team Name Points



RYA West Zone Championships 

Almost 100 boats came to Ullswater on September 28/29 for the RYA West Zones. The Zones is a highlight of the junior sailing calendar, and good performances there could help the young sailors catch the selectors’ eye for RYA Zone Squad selection. Despite difficult conditions with winds ranging between light and non existent, patient work by the race team enabled four or five races to be run over the weekend for the various classes. On the North race area, Oppies and Cadets had a pair of races on the Saturday, then three more on Sunday afternoon, while the biggest fleet, the 50 plus Toppers, and the Mirrors managed one race before the wind turned off on Saturday. However after a calm morning, both Toppers and Mirrors managed three more races in the new wind from the South of the lake on Sunday afternoon.  So sailors in all classes had a good chance to show what they could do despite tricky conditions. 

The pair to grab the attention on the Saturday were Matt and Ben Lulham-Robinson, aged just 9 and 10. Just six weeks before, they decided to start sailing Mirrors. They found a beat up old boat in a garage somewhere, and their Dad made them a spinnaker from off-cuts of cloth from a sailmaker. They showed the way round the course to experienced squad sailors, who were sailing brand new boats brimming with the latest technology. The brothers, from Otley and Yeadon Sailing Clubs, took the first race by a distance, then added a third in the second race to announce their arrival on the Mirror scene in style. However their opponents then got over the shock, and three pairs took much-improved scores in the last two races to overhaul the new boys. Brendan Sweeney and Max Ligema from Royal Windermere took first place in the thirteen boat fleet, with their clubmates Ed and Bethany Grey second and Roseanna Yeoward and Charlotte Brown, from Rhosneigr Boatowners Assn, third. 

In Toppers, Chris Simpson from Winsford Flash started best with a win and a second place, but was overhauled by his clubmate Andrew Dawson who took first overall, making sure with a last race win, while Alastair Humphries and Lucy Yeates took second and third. Simpson had to settle for fourth in the 56 strong fleet, with Lucy Jackson fifth.  

In the 25 strong Oppie fleet, Matt Foskett, from Staunton Harold, quickly moved into the lead, winning the first three races, then rounding off with a pair of second places. In second overall, Toby Morsley, from Port Dinorwic, also took a pair of wins to finish just a point behind Foskett. In third, Peter Alton did just enough to keep ahead of his sister Sarah.  

In Cadets a trio of Draycote boats made all the running. Timothy Walton and Callum Huett took the first three races and looked set for a runaway victory, but then sat back, and nearly lost out to their clubmates Serena De Nahlik and Rebecca Lewis. Walton took first by a point from De Nahlik, with a third Draycote boat, Joan and Jane Furness only another point behind in third. 

Commodore John Robson thanked all the volunteers at his club who had given up their own sailing to help run this prestige event. The event was one part of a nationwide network of seven RYA Zone Championships, held all over the country in which more than 1,000 of Britain’s hottest sailing and windsurfing properties did battle.  


Top SportsAid Award for Youth Sailor Andrew Brown 

RYA Youth Squad newcomer Andrew Brown is keeping his feet on the ground after receiving a prominent award from Britain’s top charity funding young athletes. 

Fifteen-year-old Brown, from Warrington, was presented with the 2007 SportsAid One To Watch Award by triple Olympic medallist and Skandia Team GBR Finn sailor Ben Ainslie at the SportsAid Gala Ball at London’s Hilton Park Lane last week in recognition of his achievements as a Topper sailor during the previous year. 

A panel comprising five of the country’s leading national newspaper journalists selected Brown, who is a member of Budworth Sailing Club in Cheshire, ahead of some 2,000 SportsAid-supported young athletes nationwide. 

But having made the move from his Topper to the bigger Laser Radial one-person dinghy last month, the talented youngster knows he cannot afford to rest on his laurels if he is going to achieve his long-term international sailing ambitions. 

Brown said: “It was a great honour to receive the prestigious SportsAid One To Watch Award. It is the top award in the country any young athlete could receive and I will do my best to justify my selection. It also helps to keep sailing on the map of successful sports in this country. It has pride of place on my shelf!  

“I was selected for the RYA Laser Radial National Youth Squad in September so it is now back to basics. My short-term goal is to get used to the Laser in top flight competition and to get a top 10 place at the RYA Youth Nationals next April. In the medium term my target is to be selected for the ISAF Youth Worlds and win a gold medal.” 

Brown first got the taste for racing as an eight-year-old Optimist sailor at Budworth. 

But it was when he moved up to the Topper that he enjoyed his greatest success to date being crowned Topper World, National, GB Inland and GB Nationwide Traveller champion in 2006-07. 

RYA Youth Racing Manager Simon Wergan said: “It is wonderful that sailing has been recognised by SportsAid and the panel in selecting Andrew to receive this award. Andrew is a worthy recipient for his achievements while a member of the RYA Junior National Squad. It is also a great fillip for the RYA Junior Racing Programme.  

“Andrew’s challenge is now to take the experience and skills he has developed as a Topper sailor and make a successful transition to the Laser Radial class. As a member of the RYA Youth Squad he will have all the tools needed at his disposal to enable him to progress through the classes as his ability, commitment and attitude dictates. He certainly has a great starting point.” 


Cumbria sailors selected for Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme 

Two of Britain’s most promising future big boat sailors have received a major boost in realising their yachting dreams after being selected for the prestigious Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme.  

Sailing sisters Katie and Anna MacKenzie from Kendal were chosen for the newly-unveiled 2007-08 47-strong Programme squad after impressing at a vigorous three-day selection trial at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy last month. 

As members of the Programme’s Northern Squad, 21-year-old Katie and Anna, 18, have unparalleled access to specialist RYA keelboat training and coaching, grants, placement on viable race campaigns and use of the RYA’s own fleet of top class keelboats. 

And if they take full advantage of the opportunities offered by being in the Programme, the new recruits could follow in the footsteps of previous Programme sailors who have gone on to compete in many major national and international yachting events such as the America’s Cup, Rolex Fastnet Race and Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. 

As teenagers the sisters enjoyed significant international Mirror racing success. In 2003, with Katie at the helm, the pair raced to the Ladies Mirror World title while Anna went one step further earlier this year becoming the first all female crew to win the overall Mirror World crown with Holly Scott in South Africa.  

Katie, who is currently studying physiology at Edinburgh University, also recently achieved a lifetime ambition sailing against Skandia Team GBR’s versatile double Olympic gold medallist, Ben Ainslie, in the RYA National Match Racing Series. 

RYA Racing Services manager David Atkinson said: “The competition for places this year was so strong; these are people who are deeply passionate about sailing as well as being extremely talented. But as always we weren’t simply looking at a sailor’s crude ability rather their attitude, potential and capacity to recognise and make the most of the unique opportunities afforded to them as Programme members. 

“We are confident that the squads we have selected for the forthcoming year will not only take full advantage of how the Programme can progress them as complete keelboat sailors but will also do the RYA proud on the international keelboat stage.”  

The Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme was launched four years ago to give any sailor aged between 16 and 24 the chance to establish themselves in the world of offshore, inshore or match racing whether Junior dinghy champions or experienced yachtspeople. 

A total of 17 new members were invited to join the Programme’s Southern and Northern regional squads this year while nine existing Regional Squad members were promoted to the elite National Squad. 

Among those who made the step up from Northern to National Squad was Royal Windermere Yacht Club’s Greg Pitt, 22, while 20-year-old Andy Tunnicliffe retained his place in the Northern Squad. Both men live in Kendal and work as sailmakers for Goacher Sails, Bowness on Windermere. 


Winsford Flash, 11 November 

The RYA has great pleasure in inviting 2 representatives from your club to come to this year’s West Zone Club Conference on 

11th November, 10:00 to 16:00 hrs at Winsford Flash SC 

Chris Blackburn says,”We will be rolling out the club and coach funding that we have recently received from Sport England – so it’s important that clubs attend this conference if they would like to know more about how to access the funds and receive coaching within their clubs.” 


Interactive workshops focusing on 

♣ How the Clubs and Coaches funding from Sport England will be made

available for clubs to enhance their Junior and Youth training and racing.

♣ The development of Junior and Youth Sailing in clubs

♣ Recruitment and Volunteering within the club environment

♣ The latest RYA news and Onboard updates

♣ Club Development 

Please return completed application forms  to

Jenny Campbell-James

Church House

Church Farm Lane


West Sussex PO20 7RE 

Volvo Champion Clubs to receive 2 free places. All others to pay £10 per delegate to RYA 

Cheques payable to the RYA

Email: jenny.campbell-james@rya.org.uk 

Closing date 26 October 2007 


NW Junior Travellers Series goes to Hanson and Wrigley

The final event of the NW Junior Travellers Series, sponsored by 1st Mark Ltd, was held on October 6th at West Lancs. Both the event itself and the whole series were waiting to be won. In both Handicap and Optimist fleets, the winner at West Lancs ended up taking the series. 

In Handicap, Elliot Hanson from Redesmere took the event in his Topper, with Peter Mitchell second in his Radial and Andrew Dawson third in his Topper. That was enough to give Hanson the series by just a point from Mitchell.

In Optimists, Martin Wrigley from Leigh & Lowton, took both the event and the series, with Jamie Catchpole second.

Series results;


  1. Elliot Hanson, Topper, Redesmere, 6 pts
  2. Peter Mitchell, Radial, Nantwich, 7 pts
  3. Sam Hall, Radial, Bass, 19 pts
  4. Chris Wheeler, Topper, Leigh & Lowton, 23 pts
  5. Sophie Stott, Radial, Leigh & Lowton, 26 pts.


  1. Martin Wrigley, Leigh & Lowton, 5 pts
  2. Jamie Catchpole, Leigh & Lowton, 12 pts
  3. Imogen Hanson, Redesmere. 14 pts



New RYA Award Launched 

In the UK there is an amazing array of people who work together to create vibrant clubs that keep our sports alive. To recognise and promote their outstanding achievements we are launching a new Award for clubs.  

“˜Is your club successful at . . . . ?’

    ü     Encouraging people to get on the water

    ü     Providing a range of quality and safe activities for all

    ü     Attracting new club members and volunteers

    ü     Engaging with the local community, particularly young people

    ü     Demonstrating good governance and club management 

“˜Could your club be the best in the UK?’ 

Clubs are invited to apply by 3rd December 2007 

Applications will be considered by the RYA Awards Panel. Five clubs will receive Awards and an overall winner will be announced at the Dinghy Sailing Show in March 2008.  

Three clubs will also be put forward to the CCPR “˜Sports Club of the Year’ Award 2008 which has a first prize of £6,000. 

For more information and to download the application form, go to www.rya.org.uk/workingwithus/clubs 

If you do not have access to the web, please call

RYA Sport Development on 02380 604 192 / 199 to be sent a form. 

“˜A great opportunity to put your club on the map!’ 

Jackie Bennetts

Volunteer Development Officer, RYA


Direct Line :           023 8060 4199  / 4192 

E-mail :   jackie.bennetts@rya.org.uk

Website:                www.ryavolunteering.org.uk


RYA North West Junior Single Handed event

Saturday 20th October 2007 at Bolton SC

Start time: 10am on the water

Entry fee: £6 (inc. £1 to Jeans for Genes)

The day is aimed at sailors who want an introduction to racing, and fun exercises.  Also suitable for  those who have done some racing at club level and want to learn more.

Top coaches in attendance on the day.

 “¢  Race training exercises in the morning 
 “¢  Short series of races in the afternoon 
 “¢  End of day de-brief from coaches

Trophies and prizes for various finishing positions.

Open to single handed boats no faster than Laser Radial. (Topper, Pico, Optimist, Laser 4.7, Topaz, RS Feva etc)

A limited number of Toppers, Fevas, Teras and Oppies are available to hire for the event. Contact Bolton SC for more details.

Limited places available so pre-entry is essential. 

For entry form, visit www.sail.org.uk/events/singlehanded or contact Warren Price on 01772 321014  warren@sail.org.uk  


SI Courses in the Spring: 


    • Coastal Senior Instructor Course @ Wirral Sailing Centre


      March 23rd ““ 26th (Sunday to Wednesday) 2008!   To book, contact Sally. 

Presentation @ the NW AGM: 

I am now the Development Officer in the North West Region only, so am no longer looking after the North East  and Yorkshire / Humberside regions. The RYA has appointed a new Development Officer for the NE & Y/H, so look out for plenty more courses and other club development work, coming up in the NW.  

I will be giving a presentation on Club & Coach funding opportunities, Working with Sport England and County Sports Partnerships at the NW AGM on 30th October ““ please come along if you would like to learn more about future plans. 

NW RYA Training Conference: 

The Annual NW RYA Training Conference will be at the Anderton Centre, Chorley on  

Saturday March 15th 2008 

Cost = £10 

There will be updates from myself and one of the National Coaches as well as on-water sessions and new kit to try out. 


Sally Kilpatrick

RYA Development Officer NorthWest

(  Mobile: 07747 534527

E-mail: sally.kilpatrick@rya.org.uk 


West Kirby team takes Silver for TEAM GBR at Worlds 

The champagne corks were popping in Valencia in September as RYA Team GBR toasted double glory at the ISAF Team Racing World Championships. After light winds scuppered the medal contests on the final day at the Real Club Nautico Gandia, Team GBR celebrated after being crowned the event’s first ever Under 21 champions as well as taking silver in the Open event, in Team GBR2, led by Andrew Bryson of West Kirby.  
Having won through to Saturday’s quarter finals, GBR2 had secured a place in the semis before the wind dropped and the competition was halted while failure to also complete the five-team round robin to decide the U21 title sent the judges scurrying to their rules books. After consulting the rule books, the judges announced that GBR2 were awarded a deserved silver behind USA1 in the open event, while a fifth overall for GBR3 saw them take the U21 crown.  
Team manager Alan Guy said his troops were worthy medal winners.”It is an absolutely fantastic achievement for all of them.” Great Britain had three teams taking part during the five days’ racing in Spain but with only one team from each nation able to progress through to the quarter final stages GBR2 took the honours over GBR1 thanks to their performance on day three. GBR 1 was also a West Kirby team, led by Andrew Cornah. 
This year marked the inaugural Under 21 championships, and GBR Under 21 team claimed the Ciudad Gandia Trophy, while GBR2, led by Andrew Bryson took silver overall.
TEAM GBR2 ““ Andrew Bryson (Wirral), Georgie Corlett (Wirral), Matthew Findlay (Southampton), Nicola Russell (Oxfordshire), Susan Short (Sevenoaks), Thomas Hebbert (Sevenoaks).  





In accordance with the Constitution, I give notice that: – 





ON TUESDAY, 30th OCTOBER 2007 AT 7.30PM.

Any resolutions for this meeting must be submitted to the Hon Secretary by

Tuesday 9th  October 2007 at the above address.

If you have any other matter that you wish to raise, would you please let me know by the above date. 

The Agenda will be circulated to Club Secretaries etc. 7 days prior to the meeting. After the AGM, there will be presentations by Katherine Rowberry  on the Green/Blue initiative and by Sally Kilpatrick (Regional Development Officer) on Clubs and Coaching funding opportunities, Sport England and County Sports Partnerships. 

Sandwiches and tea/coffee will be provided following the AGM. There is also a pay bar. 

I very much hope that your Club will be represented, and I look forward to receiving, for the Agenda, any items that you feel should be discussed at such a meeting. 

Yours sincerely

Graham Knox

Hon. Secretary, North West Region



UK’s First Safety Boat Challenge 

West Cheshire Sailing Club  

Saturday 27 October 2007  

First starting gun 12.30 pm

To be held at Salthouse Dock, Liverpool 

Ian Thomas writes this update; 

For your information we held a trial run at Salthouse Dock, Liverpool last Wednesday and as a result of that I can assure all those of you that take the time to come over and join in the festivities, you will be guaranteed a very good time.  
The course is fast and challenging with a number of tasks to catch you out. We can provide an update on the sponsors and prizes, and we are very grateful to our sponsors for enabling us to provide both cups and medals and main prizes to take back to your club. 
The interest from the RYA continues and they have already asked if the 2008 competition will be billed as a national event. The answer to this is yes, and West Cheshire has committed itself wholeheartedly to running the 08 event on Sunday 6 July. Advertising for this event will be going out within the next few weeks. 
This is going to be an exciting and rewarding day and if you have not yet contacted us about your entry we would be most grateful if you would make contact by phone or email, so that we can make arrangements for parking etc. 
You will be able to launch at Coburg Dock from 10.00 am, and we are hoping to allow competitors to have a familiarisation session between 11.00 am and 11.45 am, to enable them to try out some of the tasks etc.  
The first time runs will begin at 12.30. 
Please note: Do not let the weather put you off, British Waterways have very kindly kept in place the huge waterproof awning over the starting platform, and in the case of inclement weather you will all be welcome both competitors and spectators to view the whole event in the dry. 
Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, and don’t forget that if you are unsure of anything or get lost on the day to contact the provided phone numbers (especially the mobile number on the day). 
If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to give me a ring. 
Ian Thomas 
Commodore WCSC 
Tel: 0151 200 8528 
Mobile: 07828 296941

In partnership with

Liverpool Culture Company & British Waterways 


New in October

RYA Intermediate Windsurfing, RYA, £8.99

RYA books can be ordered at most marina shops, or online from the RYA site. Remember, all RYA members gain a 10% discount on RYA books. Order at www.rya.org.uk/shop or phone the order hotline on 0845 345 0372. RYA Vouchers can also be purchased on the site.  


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RYA NW contacts 

Chairman;  Howard Reynolds Jones  0151 625 9187  h.reynoldsjones@btopenworld.com

Secretary;  Graham Knox   01706 642311  jgraham.knox@virgin.net

High Performance Manager for North and West; Chris Blackburn   07909 994637   chris.blackburn@rya.org.uk

Regional Development Officer; Sally Kilpatrick  07747 534527   sally.kilpatrick@rya.org.uk

OnBoard Development Officer; Adam McGovern   Adam.McGovern@Rochdale.gov.uk

Chairman, Training Forum; Wendy Rigg  01270 820779   wriggcsf@btopenworld.com

Secretary, Training Forum; Judith Baldwin   01625 584442    forum@rya-northwest.org.uk

Regional Race Management Adviser;  Adrian Stoggall   01625 871579 stoggall@zetnet.co.uk

Regional Rules Adviser; Peter Johnson   0151 632 1805  mq22@liv.ac.uk

Regional Windsurf Liaison Officer;  Mike Roberts   0161 928 4157   mark@aroberts56.freeserve.co.uk

Powerboats; Richard Solomon    rmsolomon@btconnect.com

Sailability; Ian Shirra      07749 012414      ian@shirra.fsnet.co.uk

Communications;  Alan Henderson    01292 281383     alanhe@tiscali.co.uk 

Web addresses for further information; 

RYA NW    www.rya-northwest.org.uk        OnBoard;   www.ruob.co.uk    

RYA HQ   www.rya.org.uk  or tel   0845 345 0400       Team 15;   www.team15.org.uk

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