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WSSYSA Youth Training Fund 2018

The WSSYSA has been established for many years and is well known for its provision of youth training events, formerly sail training and latterly racing events including the flagship WSSYSA Regatta, all aimed to encourage young people to participate in sailing in West Sussex. As its affiliate members, mainly sailing clubs and organisations, have developed and become more self sufficient, the demand for WSSYSA activity at a local level has diminished and the Management Committee has decided to offer Youth Bursaries to encourage young sailors to progress their personal development in racing or sail training.

Bursaries are available to promising young sailors younger than 19 years on September 8th in the year of the award to support their racing beyond club level or nationally recognised training activity. The bursary is intended to provide modest financial assistance to the sailors to support on going participation in racing events like Youth Nationals, RYA ranking events or selection for teams representing GBR or the RYA at international level. It could include participation at such events or sustained coaching activities or attendance at national programmes in furtherance of the development of their talent. It does not include attendance at home club organised activities. Equally it could be used to support sail training activity, for example, attendance on a RYA Instructor or Senior Instructor course.

The recipients are expected to provide a return to their sponsoring club/organisation by contributing to the development of youth sailing sailing from where they came. So candidates should indicate how they will provide such return support in order to encourage their peers and junior colleagues to participate in similar activities in the future. Candidates will need to specify how the bursary is to be spent, potentially identifying personal goals/targets, which will need to be verified and endorsed by the sponsoring club or organisation.

The number of the awards is limited and is determined by the Management Committee of the WSSYSA. In 2018, up to 7 awards of £300 each could be potentially made.

The timescale for 2018:
  • May 1st: Launch of 2018 bursaries on WSSYSA website
  • July 14th: Closing date for entries for 2018 bursaries
  • September 8th: Presentation of bursaries at WSSYSA Regatta

Applications maybe made anytime during May 1st to July 14th.

The nominations should be made on the attached form and endorsed by the supporting club or organisation. No more than two awards will be made to individuals from the same club or organisation (the organisation is expected to coordinate all applications from its members and select the two most deserving for submission to WSSYSA.

WSSYSA Regatta 2017 – Results

The 2017 edition of the WSSYSA Regatta took place at Dell Quay Sailing Club on 9-10 September. Three races were completed on the Saturday in high winds but none on Sunday, due to the worsening weather conditions, thus the series comprised three races with one race to discard. As in 2016, sailors competed in four fleets: fast handicap, slow handicap (excluding Topper and Optimist), Topper, and Optimist.

Congratulations are due to the following sailors whom medalled in their respective fleets:

  • Fast: 1st – Alex Mayger (Laser Radial, Felpham SC); 2nd – Jonny Brown (Laser Radial, Arun YC); 3rd – Jack Miller (RS Aero 5, Felpham SC)
  • Slow: 1st – Jamie Dadswell & Megan Renson (RS Feva XL, AYAC); 2nd – Erin Aldis-Hobbs (Laser 4.7, Felpham SC); 3rd – Miles Vidler & Maria Townsend (RS Feva XL, Crawley Mariners YC)
  • Topper: 1st – Sam Brackley (Felpham SC); 2nd – Alfie Lester (Felpham SC); 3rd – Tom Twist (Felpham SC)
  • Optimist: 1st – Tom Dempsey (Chichester YC); Elfie Grant (Chichester YC); 3rd – Ella Jones (Dell Quay SC)

The team trophy was won by Felpham SC.

WSSYSA Regatta 2017 Results

Topper Traveller 2017 – Overall Results

UPDATE:
The final event in the series was completed at Arun YC. High winds meant the event comprised only two races, but the three main contenders for the series (Alfie Lester, Miles Vidler, and Oliver Wattam) all braved the elements to fight to the finish. In the end, Alfie took first place, from Oliver in second and Miles in third.

And so to the final results for the Topper Traveller series. With the results at Arun not affecting the previous placings, it’s congratulations to our top three sailors:

1st: Alfie Lester (Felpham)
2nd: Miles Vidler (Crawley Mariners)
3rd: Oliver Wattam (AYAC)

Prizes will be presented at the end of the WSSYSA Regatta at Dell Quay SC on 9-10 September.

Topper Traveller 2017 – final results


WSSYSA apologises to all sailors participating in the Topper Traveller this year for the lack of clarify regarding the scheduling of events counting towards the series and the method for calculating the overall results. With this post we hope to restore the balance.

The WSSYSA Topper Traveller was intended to comprise six events at Crawley, West Wittering, Chichester, Felpham, AYAC, and Arun, with the best four scores to count for each sailor and with only sailors from affiliated clubs included. However, due to some administrative oversights, two corrections must be made to the series schedule.

Firstly, an event was scheduled at Lancing SC on the same day as the event at West Wittering event. Due to bad weather the West Wittering event was cancelled. However, because many Topper sailors were encouraged to attend the Lancing event and did so in good faith, we are counting the Lancing event within the series.

Secondly, it was unclear to sailors whether the Topper Traveller event at Chichester YC was the Club Open Dinghy Regatta on 25 June or the Topper Open on 9 July. Again, Traveller sailors variously attended both events in good faith and we are going to count both events towards the series scores. In a further twist, the results at Chichester on 9 July were calculcated as separate 5.3 and 4.2 fleets with no way of combining the results in to a single fleet; accordingly the 5.3 and 4.2 results have been counted as separate races when calculating the series scores.

Taken all of this into account, the current Topper Traveller standings provided below are based on the results of seven events completed (Crawley Mariners, Lancing, Chichester x 3, Felpham, and AYAC) with one left to complete at Arun on 30 July (see the events listings for NoR and SIs). Alfie Lester currently leads comfortably from Miles Vidler, Oliver Wattam and Sam Brackley, but with Sam currently counting a DNC a high finishing place at Arun could see him challenge Alfie for the title. Overall, 45 sailors have now competed in the series, with 15 competing in more than one event.

If you spot any errors in the results, please do drop the association a line via the WSSYSA website ‘Contact’ button and we’ll look into it.

We look forward to seeing you at Arun for the decider!

Feedback on WSSYSA Regatta 2015

A feedback form for the recent regatta at Felpham SC is now available through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RQNNCMK.

We really appreciate all feeback to make next year’s regatta even better. Results for this year’s event as well as photo gallery and write-up coming soon.