Summer of success for young sailors from Yorkshire Dales SC

Posted: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 09:40

Summer of success for young sailors from Yorkshire Dales SC

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club is celebrating after its youth and junior members smashed a number of national titles over a hugely successful summer season.

Junior sailor Matthew Rayner won the RS Tera Sport National Championship in a record 73-boat fleet for the class at Brightlingsea on the east coast.

Matthew, aged 12, said: "I learnt to sail in an RS Tera five years ago and to now win the Nationals is a massive achievement. Something I will never forget!"

Other podium results at the event for Yorkshire Dales SC - which also won the Champion Club trophy - included Tilda Brayshay, aged 12, finishing third girl in the RS Tera Sport and Beth Miller, 15, claiming second overall in the RS Tera Pro fleet for older sailors.

The event followed international success at the RS Tera world championship in Ljungskile, Sweden, where William Bailey, aged 12, was second overall in the Sport fleet with Matthew close behind in third, and Tilda winning the prize for first girl.

Matthew's older brother Oliver Rayner, aged 14, and RS Tera Pro Northern champion Esme Barraclough, aged 13, also helmed to success at the Mirror National Championships at Poole on the south coast, where Oliver took the junior national title and Esme the trophy for first female helm.

Earlier in summer, Oliver and Matthew sailed together to finish an impressive 19th overall in a record 200 boat fleet at the RS Feva World Championship in Follonica, Italy.

Yorkshire Dales SC is proving to be a hotbed of talent, with a whole series of top results claimed by both its junior and youth sailors over the summer holidays.

At the NeilPryde 29er Nationals in Pwllheli, demanding wind and wave conditions over a 12-race series saw teenagers Athena Vogiatzi and Maddie Wylie from the club claim the ladies' title after finishing first all-girls team in 11th overall (9th GBR).

Maddie said: "The weather was very mixed with some days of difficult sailing in a big sea state which tested the fleet. We both like it windy so it played to our strengths. Roll on next year and the 29er worlds in Weymouth in the summer."

The girls are now third in the British rankings for the class while club mate Tom Storey sailing with Pierce Harris is ranked second having also had a great summer, including finishing second Brits and 32nd overall at the 29ers Worlds in Poland.

Other notable results for the club saw Mike Saul with 17-year-old crew Ollie Kent placing 4th in the RS500 world championships in Czechoslovakia.

Yorkshire Dales SC training principal Erica Caswell said the club provided an ideal environment for ambitious young sailors with its large sailing area and "highly competitive level of club racing to test and develop their boat handling, resilience, race tactics and strategy".

The club provides a pathway for young sailors to develop their skills, with beginner and then improver sessions followed by a race development group. To find out more visit or to discover how you can get started in sailing go to

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