More than 350 youngsters took to Britain’s largest reservoir over the May bank holiday as the Eric Twiname Junior Championships made its welcome return.
Having missed 2020 and 2021, the 34th Eric Twiname Junior Championships – known lovingly as the ETs – returned to its long-time home at Rutland Water for three days of racing and fun. As well as featuring prizes for individual fleets, the iconic event sees the RYA regions go head-to-head for the ultimate award: the Eric Twiname Shield.
Light winds dominated the regatta, and no racing was possible on the final day – but plenty of fun was had off the water as well as on.
This year’s winner of the shield was the London and South East region, followed by the North and Midlands regions in second and third. London and South East also won the windsurfing cup for best overall windsurfing team, while the North region took the dinghy trophy for best overall dinghy team.
“It was brilliant to see so many young racers back on the water at the Eric Twiname Junior Championships,” said Chris Atherton, RYA national performance manager.
“It really is a highlight in the sailing calendar for so many sailors, not just because the racing is great but also because it’s a really fun event. The lack of wind at times was a shame but there was so much fun being had that we can definitely call the regatta a success.
“Congratulations to all competitors, especially the winning sailors and regions, and of course a huge thank you to Rutland Sailing Club for being excellent hosts and our volunteers without whom we could not make events like this happen.”
Full results can be found here.