The RYA has postponed the 2021 Youth National Championships.
The regatta, the UK’s premier youth racing event, was due to take place from 4 – 9 April hosted by Plymouth Youth Sailing Club in Devon.
With the UK in lockdown and likely to revert to the tier system once restrictions ease, the decision has been made to delay the regatta until the summer. The rescheduled event will take place at the same venue from 9 – 13 August.
Not only will organisers be able to plan the best possible event but it will give the nationwide vaccination programme time to take effect and give young sailors, who have lost training time over the winter, the opportunity to properly prepare for the regatta.
Mark Nicholls, RYA youth racing manager, said: “It is hugely disappointing that we are having to postpone the Youth Nationals for a second year running, but these are extraordinary times and we want to deliver the very best event that we can. The Youth Nationals will return – and when it does it will be a joyous celebration of youth racing.”
Adrian Kemp, commodore of Plymouth Youth Sailing Club, added: “We look forward to welcoming all youth sailors to Plymouth when it is safe and appropriate to host this most prestigious event.”
Entries will open in April.