Youth Qualifier – Royal Southern Yacht Club

Youth are the future of our sport, so we at the British Keelboat League believe it is fitting to have a dedicated Youth qualifying round to give the young aspiring champions a route to the national finals. This qualifier will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of June 2019. Royal Southern Yacht Club, based on the Hamble river will be the host club and they look forward to welcoming young talent from across the United Kingdom. 

To meet the age criteria for this event the full team must be over 16 and under the age of 25 on the finals weekend of the 29th September. 

Entering this event will give teams the chance to experience racing in one of the new RS21 keelboats one of the finest racing locations in the UK, the Solent. The weekend will comprise of a fleet of RS21’s and up to 12 teams from local clubs competing in quickfire “sprint” races, each lasting around 15 minutes. Races will be umpired, and teams will rotate between boats in the fleet throughout the weekend of racing. By Sunday afternoon every team will have competed in approximately 12 races and the top 2 teams identified for qualification into the national final. The 2019 final will be hosted by Royal Thames Yacht Club later in the year.

This event is a great opportunity for sailors to get together and race, representing their club at an event, without the hassle of transporting your own boat around the UK. The cost of entry for the Youth Qualifier at Royal Southern Yacht Club on the 22nd and 23rd June 2019 is £300 per team. All you need to do is enter your team and arrive at the club ready for racing on the Saturday morning! 

For those teams wishing to get in some pre-event training, we will also be offering the chance to take the boats out for a shake down sail on Friday 21st June. More details will be circulated closer to the event weekend.

Your guide to some frequently asked questions: 

Tell me more about the racing?
Each event consists of about 25 short (12-15 minute) races. Teams will do around 12 races each so there is plenty of time to watch how the others do it.

Who is it aimed at?
The BKL is open to teams from any club or association affiliated to the RYA. Competitors range from inland club sailors getting together to try something different to Olympic sailors trying something different and everyone in between.

How do I get involved?
Teams represent their club. This can be through a selection process, simply by getting some mates together and asking if you can enter for your club, or any other way the club wishes.

Can my club enter more than one qualifier?
Yes, clubs may enter more than one event. Priority will be given clubs who are local or who have not already competed or qualified in previous qualifiers.

Can my club get more than one place in the final?
Yes, clubs may earn more than one place in the final through the qualification series.

Do I have to race with the same crew at different events?
No, unlike “normal” events, it is the club that qualifies, not the individuals. If you are not able to make it then your club should still send and team and you should be proud that you earned them that place.

Can we bring our support team?
Yes, friends and guests are more than welcome at the events. Racing is usually close to the shore so it can be seen and there may be opportunities to get afloat although these would be agreed with the host clubs.

I like the format but don’t want to sail, can I help?
Yes, we are always looking for people to help support events. If you fancy trying a bit of umpiring, mark laying or helping on the committee boat please email keelboatracing@rya.org.uk

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