⛵Fierce competition and very tricky sailing conditions in Medemblik, Holland

Sarah Jane Deary and Sonja Stock  recently competed in the 2017 Radial Youth Worlds hosted by Regatta Centre Medemblik in Holland. This event consisted of 11 races in 2 parts: a qualifier series and then the final races.

Team RSA was well represented at this event with a total of 8 sailors – four girls and four boys. It was an absolutely amazing opportunity with tremendously fierce competition and very tricky conditions. In South Africa, a standard fleet for us consists of, at the most, 25 boats, so sailing in fleets of 60 was an exponential learning curve.

SAS, South African Sailing, used this regatta as part of the selection process for the elite ISAF Youth Worlds in December, being held in Sanya, China. Sonja has made the cut for this regatta and both she and the school are extremely excited at the prospect of her competing in China!

Team SA all learnt a tremendous amount and are looking forward to the next opportunity with baited breath.