Lymington Champion going for Olympic Gold.
Cheer on British Sailing Team’s Nick Thompson - and try your hand at sailing on 15th August.
Local Lymington sailor, Nick Thompson, is aiming to add an Olympic gold medal to his two-world championship titles in the Laser class at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio. Nick's first two races will be on 8th August, with races 3-10 throughout that first week. The medal race will be on Monday 15th August.
Southampton University graduate, Alison Young is also competing in the Laser Radial class, her races will be the same days as Nick's in the Laser class, with medal race also on Monday 15th August.
Laser Medal Races will inspire local young sailors
Excitingly, the Laser medal races fall on the first day of the flagship local sailing community regatta ‘Youth Week’ run by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club (August 15th-19th) which will give local young sailors a unique opportunity to watch, in real time, the Olympic sailing battle for Gold unfold. Members of the British Sailing team will also be on hand to mix with the youngsters competing in Youth Week offering advice and racing tips.
The local sailing community from Lymington Town Sailing Club, Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Youth Week competitors and family, members of the British Sailing Team and RYA Sail for Gold volunteers will be following Nick’s Laser medal race at 17:00 hrs on TV screens at the RLymYC.
Monday 15th August: Try sailing for free in Lymington
To celebrate the Olympic medal race, the RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow will be in Lymington on Monday 15th August with members of the British Sailing team, offering free sailing sessions in a bid to encourage people to try sailing and enjoy the freedom and exhilaration of a fantastic sport. What better time to come along and try sailing and windsurfing for free!
Lymington Town Sailing Club (LTSC) is hosting the free taster sailing sessions on 15th August from 10:00hrs – 15:30 hrs. Sailing will be in RS Visions and RS Quests both of which are perfect family sailboats – easy to handle with good sailing performance. Quests are big enough for an instructor plus two or three pupils to learn and enjoy sailing. There is a minimum age of eight years old for taking part in these tasters sessions. Anyone 18 years or under will need to complete a parental consent form and those under 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when on the water. Anyone under 16 may sail with a helm as long as a parent/guardian is on site at the LTSC.
The following members of the British Sailing Team will be on hand to help you learn to sail: from Lymington Sophie Weguelin (470), Kirstie Urwin (Nacra) and Sam Batten (49er), along with Ed Wright (Finn), and Jack Wetherell, Elliot Hanson and Lorenzo Chiavarini, all of whom are Nick's training partners in the Laser class.
“Following the success of our Push the Boat Out day back in May 2016 we are delighted to be opening our doors once again for people to come and have a taste of sailing." commented Rich Underhill, Commodore of LTSC.
“We are really hoping to attract a great crowd to the waterfront on 15th August to celebrate our Olympic heroes. There will be plenty of chances for people to have a go at the sailing sessions hosted by the Lymington Town Sailing Club. The RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow coincides with the first day of our annual Youth Week so the young competitors will be able to join with the celebrations and follow the action,” commented Stuart Duffin, Rear Commodore Sailing RLymYC.
For more information:
Youth Week 2016 – contact Kirsty Timmis, Event Manager, Royal Lymington Yacht Club Tel: 01590 672677 (in order to participate young sailors must have regularly attended Wednesday Junior Sailing at RLymYC)
RYA Sail for Gold Roadshow and how to register your interest for a taster session visit http://www.rya.org.uk/roadshow