Gold for Ross Thompson at the RYA Youth National Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club

After five days of challenging racing at the 2017 RYA Youth Nationals, champions were crowned across 12 Classes on Good Friday. The 379 sailors were tested in an array of conditions on the waters of Hayling Island. There were outstanding performances in all Classes, some Championships were won with a race, or even a day, to spare whilst others came down to the wire.

In the 420 Class (double handed dinghy) Alex Smallwood (Datchet Water SC) and Ross Thompson (Frensham Pond SC) were the runaway winners, dominating the 420 fleet from the outset and securing gold with a day to spare. Speaking to reporters, Ross Thompson from Thursley who is sponsored by Sport Haslemere and MPI Brokers Travel, Ski and Sail Insurance, said:  “I really enjoyed the mix of conditions and the one really windy day, which was good fun. It made for really good competition.”

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