Saturday was a dull overcast day starting with a light wind strengthening to strong by Lunchtime
22 sailors turned out for the race from various clubs, Eastbourne MYC, Coalhouse Fort MYC, Alton RSC, Medway RSC, LMYC, Guildford MYC, Woking RSC and Chipstead SC Radio Sailing.
Dan was born in 2000 and 10 years later started sailing with his Dad in an old Scorpion and then in a Mirror. By then the joy of sailing had truly bitten.
Dan joined Chipmates and started sailing Toppers and for the next 3-4 years competed in club and open events in Toppers.
But not only was Dan heavily involved in competitive racing, he was also helping with Chipmates, wanting to share his love of sailing with the younger sailors.
Dan also progressed through the RYA training programme and aged 14 qualified as an Assistant Instructor and at 16 as a Dinghy Instructor. At this point it was not uncommon to see a 16 year old Dan on the water teaching adults how to sail! By this time he was now too tall for a Topper and moved on to racing a Laser.
RYA Youth Award winner 2020
We are delighted to announce that Hugo Valentine has been selected as this year’s winner of the London & South East RYA Regional Youth Award 2020. Hugo was selected by a regional panel after being nominated by Ian Cobb.
The RYA has invited Hugo, along with 2 guests, to the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Sunday 1st March at 1.15pm, for a presentation on the main stage. After the presentation Hugo will be invited to meet a member of the British Sailing Team.