The Youth Windsurfing National Championships took place recently and the club team managed by Brian Coates did outstandingly well.
George Stewart is a member of the Kielder Kestrels - Kielder Water Sailing Clubs T15 Windsurfing team
Each year teams in the various RYA regions compete over four 'inter club' events. The Kestrels came second in their inter club series. The winners and runners up from each series attend a national event to compete for the T15 Champions Cup. This event was the weekend of 9&10 Sept.
There are various fleets of windsurfers depending on sail size and george competed in the 4.5 fleet. Each T15 team usually has 6 sailors.
Each sailor competes in their own right and their points are added together as a team to get the overall team result. There were 7 races overall 5 to count (i.e. 2 discards) and George got four firsts and one second to take the title of Techno 4.5 RYA National Junior Windsurfing Champion.
This is a great achievement in a national competition.
The weather was mixed for the event. On Saturday they managed only one race; the fleets launched and were brought back to shore twice as lightning and thunder plagued the course. On Sunday lifting winds favoured George who achieved his best results in the morning. Rising winds during the day brought the event to a close on Sunday afternoon.
George is delighted and very proud to be crowned 4.5 fleet national champion. He said he enjoyed the sailing and working together as a team. He is very pleased to have achieved one of his goals.
- George Stewart won the 4.5 fleet - well done George.
- Annabelle Scullion was on schedule to come third girl but had to retire injured.
- Tom Russell was seventh in the 4.5m
- Fay was second girl in the 3.5m
- Jonathon Dodd and Ben Russell had their own competition with Jonathon beating Ben for the first time this year and both came mid fleet.
These are outstanding achievements and we are proud of everyone of our young windsurfers. We believe this placed the KWSC team sixth overall in the team results - another success!