The club welcomed the 420 class last weekend for their Winter Championships. Over 40 boats were entered including a significant Irish representation.
The event forms part of the selection series for British teams for the 420 European and World Championships during the summer of 2014.
Despite the weather forecast, the race committee succeeded in completing 4 races on Saturday under blue skies, with moderate winds but a big chop. The conditions proved challenging in terms of maintaining good boat speed.
At the end of the first days racing, Tim Riley and James Taylor led the way on a perfect 3 points with the Clwb Hwylio Pwllheli female team of Sarah Norbury and Mari Davies close on their heels in second with 5 points.
The fleet launched early on Sunday for the final 3 races. The morning cloud soon cleared to again leave blue skies and slightly lighter winds. Tim and James continued their very consistent run until they faced a black flag in the final race- race committee keen to be in the bar watching the Rugby maybe....
The girls struggled to recover from a poor start in the first race, but gradually improved and finished on a high by winning the final race of the event by a significant margin.
At the end of play, Tim and James were crowned champions on 7 points only, Sarah and Mari maintained second position and were first girls. Robbie King and Ryan Orr finished third with the RCYC pairing, Harry Whittaker and Gratton Roberts picking up the prize for first overseas boat.
The selection series now moves on to Hayling Island at the end of the month and the RYA Youth Championships in Weymouth in April. Teams will then be selected for the 420 Europeans and Worlds as well as the coveted 1 male and 1 female GBR place for the ISAF Youth World Championships.
The Pwllheli girls have made the best possible start to their campaign – watch this space for further updates!
Mari was also honoured at the beginning of the week to be named as one of the Commonwealth Games Baton carriers for it’s journey around Wales at the end of May.