Check out the blog from BKL Royal Southern winning skipper, Annabel Vose.
I have only positive things to say about the racing during the BKL Youth Qualifier regatta at the Royal Southern. A prompt briefing in the morning saw us heading straight out to the race area. We were warned by the race officer to make sure we made it to the start on time, and true to his word he stuck to the schedule to deliver a full day of efficient races. The target time of 12minutes was adhered to and the racing was fun & fast. Both days were shorts & t-shirt racing in 8-14 knots of breeze. Post racing on Saturday we all enjoyed some Pimms in the sunshine on the Royal Southern deck followed by a great event dinner to get the competitors together.
Racing in the RS21s provided a great challenge for all the teams, sailing with 4-5 crew teamwork, tactics and speed were all tested. Using the large spinnakers on the short courses meant races could be won or lost at any minute of the course, with lead changes a frequent occurrence. The boats are dinghy-like responding to every movement of the crew and keelboat-like with the boat handling and control systems, a perfect step up for the transitioning youth sailors to race in 4-man teams. The racing was extremely close with multiple photo finishes and all teams doing a penalty turn at some point from the on-the-water umpires.
Honestly the racing was really enjoyable, a great way to make keelboat sailing accessible for youth where you can sail with your friends. My only fault would be that racing was run so efficiently we were finished by 3pm on Saturday and I think all the competitors would have enjoyed a more ambitious schedule and more racing on the most perfect sailing day of the year!