We are delighted that the RYA and RTYC have chosen to hold the first UK sailing league trial event at Queen Mary SC, the home of RTYC’s fleet of J80s.
The QMSC team is made up of some of our top Club and Open sailors: skipper James Baxter, Dave Freeman, Steven Fowles, James George from the Laser and RS400 fleets, and QMSC youth sailors Joseph Dormer and Federico Sirolla who are sharing the 5th crew slot, sailing one day each.
How will we do? Our Laser sailors triumphed in the 2014 and 2015 QMSC “Battle of the Fleets” J80 race days so they know their way around the bigger boats. However the team has not sailed together as a whole before this weekend so it will be a bit of a learning curve and a good test of our communication and teamwork skills.
As a trial event, QMSC is glad to help develop this series and support keelboat racing in the UK, so taking part is very important to us. Of course the team will, like everyone, be sailing for victory, but we are also looking forward to enjoying some competitive racing and a friendly and sociable weekend both on the water and ashore.
We are particularly pleased that our youth sailors are involved too: QMSC has a thriving and vibrant youth group with committed volunteers and enthusiastic young sailors who have performed at the highest level over recent years. This chance to crew in a larger team with some of our top sailors, competing against high quality opposition, is a great opportunity for our youth sailors and something we hope will be repeated, to encourage
and enable greater youth participation in keelboat sailing at QMSC and other UK clubs.
Good luck to every one sailing this weekend.