The RYA Youth National Championships is making a much-anticipated return to Wales in 2022 – and entries are now open.
The week-long regatta heads to Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy in Pwllheli, north Wales, for the first time since 2016. The regatta will take place from 9 – 15 April against the backdrop of the beautiful Cardigan Bay, and will be the first time that all current British Youth Sailing youth pathway classes have competed at the same event.
A full foiling compliment of iQFOiL and kitefoil classes will feature alongside the ILCA 6 and 7, the 420, 29er and Nacra 15.
To enter the regatta head to the event’s dedicated website youthnationals.rya.org.uk. The site also contains all the information you need about the regatta, including entry fees, a class-specific schedule and the Notice of Race.
Mark Nicholls, the RYA’s Youth Racing Manager, said: “We are really happy to be heading back to Plas Heli for the 2022 RYA Youth National Championships. It is a stunning location and we know from past regattas there that it can deliver outstanding, world-class racing.
“What is more, all of the current British Youth Sailing youth pathway classes will be showcased this year in what’s set to be a real spectacle of youth racing.”
Gerwyn Owen, CEO of RYA Cymru Wales, added: “We are delighted to be working with the RYA and the Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre, Plas Heli, in Pwllheli, North Wales. There will be a warm Welsh welcome to everyone I am sure, and they will experience one of the best sailing waters in the world. To see the most talented youth sailors from across the UK come together will really be a great celebration of our sport. Croeso i Gymru a phob lwc, welcome to Wales and good luck to everyone.”
Entries received before 21 February will be eligible for a reduced fee of £180 for singlehanders and £240 for doublehanders. The standard entry fee is £210 for singlehanders and £280 for doublehanders. Entries after 19 March will be subject to a late entry fee.
The RYA is also on the hunt for volunteers, both shore-based and on-water, to help make the event a success. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.