Aldeburgh Junior Regatta gets underway
THE annual Aldeburgh Yacht Club Junior Regatta takes place over five days in Aldeburgh, from on Monday until Saturday, August 11. The event has been running for seven years and has grown to be one of the biggest club junior regattas in the country, the largest youth event of its kind in our region.
THE annual Aldeburgh Yacht Club Junior Regatta takes place over five days in Aldeburgh, from on Monday until Saturday, August 11.
The event has been running for seven years and has grown to be one of the biggest club junior regattas in the country, the largest youth event of its kind in our region.
In 2006, 125 boats started races in each of the morning and afternoon sessions and 225 children were registered as entrants. Of these entrants 50 were visitors to the club. The regatta has become progressively popular over the last few years providing an enjoyable environment in which young people can exercise their sporting potential as well as socialising with those of their own age. The junior disco that occurs mid way through the week presents a social focal point for regatta competitors striking the correct balance between competitive sport and relaxation.
The racing is split into classes with Toppers and Optimists racing in their own fleets and Lasers, 29ers, RS 400s, RS 500s, RS Fevas, Topazes, Laser Picos and the local Lapwing class making up the bulk of the three handicap fleets. The event caters for the full range of expertise, for some it will be their first regatta while others will be training with the national squads. Although there is a youth (under 24) category, 95% of the entrants are between 11 and 17.
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It is hoped that the club's junior fleet and the interest of youth sailors will continue to increase over the coming years, an ambition made possible by the sponsorship of the Suffolk Marine Centre and Flick, & Son estate agency whose support has been invaluable.
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