This weekend's Eric Twiname Final should see over 200 boats on the start line at Rutland
The Zone/Home Country Team-based Eric Twiname Final, which is funded by the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust, takes place at Rutland Water Sailing Club this weekend, the 10-11 May. Young sailors will travel from the six English zones, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to compete at, what is for many, their first major championship and to try and win the much coveted Eric Twiname Shield for best overall zone or home country.
The top sailors from the RYA Zone Squad have been chosen to represent their zone or home country at this event and for many it is the culmination of a long winter’s training which began back in September 2002. Around 200 sailors will compete at the Final and for many it is not only a chance to represent their zone or home country but also their first taste of national competition.
The event is one that has been previously won by Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and it provides an ideal opportunity for the sailors to gain experience of bigger events and begin to make a name for themselves, which will hopefully lead to a place in the RYA National Junior Squad, later this summer.
Teams will consist of a six-boat Optimist and Topper team, of which a third of the helmsmen must be female, a four-boat Cadet and Mirror team, and a windsurfing team which will consist of a maximum of eight boards, with a minimum entry of two per class (4.5m, 5.5m, 6.5/6.6m) of which a quarter of the helmsmen must be female.
Six races are scheduled with a practice start for each class before their first race on Saturday. Four races are scheduled to be sailed on the Saturday and two on the Sunday. Racing will take place on trapezoid and windward/leeward courses.
Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third places and first girl dinghies and windsurfers in each class. The Eric Twiname Dinghy Trophy will be awarded to the zone or home country with the best overall dinghy team and the Eric Twiname windsurfer Trophy will be awarded to the zone or home country with the best overall windsurfing team. The best overall zone or home country team will be awarded the Eric Twiname Shield.