Two members of Pwllheli sailing Club in top 10 in Optimist Inland National Championships
Five members of Pwllheli sailing club junior section recently travelled to 'the Musto Volvo National Optimist Championships' at Grafham Water in Northampton.
This is the first major event in the Optimist sailing calendar where rankings are needed to enter the Great Britain sailing squad.
The 5 young sailors who entered were Mari Davies 12, Indeg Owen 11, Jordan Lee 13, Iago Davies 10 and Gethin Owen 9.
The two girls competed in the Senior Fleet with 250 entries who had 2 days of intense racing in extreme windy conditions, the wind peaked at 38 knots in one gust and the best positions achieved were 50th by Indeg Owen and 66th by Mari Davies. The overall result saw Mari Davies in position 141 and Indeg Owen in position 142, with Mari Davies hopefully claiming one of the female places in an invitational Welsh Squad training weekend.
The 3 boys were entered in the regatta fleet with 100 entries. Sailing for this fleet was cancelled on the Saturday due to the extreme weather and 3 races were organised for the Sunday. Gethin Owen achieved 2 very impressive first places and a sixth, thus awarding him an overall 2nd in the whole competition. Iago Davies achieved a 3rd 6th and a 9th putting him in 8th position and Jordan Lee achieved a 6th in one race but due to a capsize in one race was pushed down to 33rd overall.
By achieving 2 top 10 places in a National event the Pwllheli youngsters are definitely putting Pwllheli Sailing club on the map in the youth sailing circles.