Calvin Gibbs from Sweet Valley Primary School took top honours as national champion in the Optimist Class at the Youth Sailing NationalsJunior sailors from Imperial Yacht Club Zandvlei Muizenberg – once again showed their talent with podium positions in Optimist and Laser Radial classes at the 2012 Youth Nationals held on Swartvlei at Sedgefield in December.

Calvin Gibbs from Sweet Valley Primary School took top honours as national champion in the Optimist Class and Kevin Foreman bronze in the Laser Radial class. The traditionally strong Dabchick class at IYC was well represented with four sailors in the top ten. Luke Sher (SACS) finishing 5th, Daniel Berry (Fish Hoek High School) at 7th, Matthew Broekhuizen (SACS High School) 8th, and Stuart Coleman (Camps bay High School) 9th.

Matthew Thorburn (Sweet Valley Primary School), also Optimist class, took 12th place in a tightly contested regatta. With two Optimist sailors eligible to take part in the selections regatta and to have positions in the World and Africans team is a great achievement for IYC who have had, up until now, a small but dedicated Optimist class sailing regularly at the club. Young Gregory Hoyle (SACS) sailed his first nationals and with great determination and spirit finished 2nd in the Optimist Silver fleet (age 10 and under).

Kevin Foreman received a bronze medal in the Laser Radial class at the YOuth National Sailing ChampionshipsKevin and Jeremy Foreman (Bergvliet High School), who have been at the top of the Dabchick class over the past few years, sailed the junior Laser Radial class. Both had never raced in this class before and had spent less than five hours training before the regatta.
The IYC “Dabbies” is a popular class amongst teenagers and the evidence is in the results. Following the four IYC sailors in the top ten, a further six IYC sailors competed in the Dabchick class, some of whom only recently started sailing.

The Junior Nationals is five days of rigorous sailing and is normally only undertaken by sailors who have at least one full season of competitive sailing behind them. The following young IYC sailors deserve special mention as they have only recently took to the water in the Dabchick class. Robyn Hoyle, 26th (Springfield) and brother Michael Hoyle, 22nd (SACS), Wade Ashton, 21st (Grove) and Paul du Toit, 35th (Bergvliet High School). Wade only started sailing earlier this year and Robyn a couple of months ago. Michael was sailing Optimist which he outgrew and moved on to the Dabchick.

Imperial Yacht Club’s growing number of junior sailors bodes well for the clubs trophy cabinet. We look forward to seeing their achievements in years to come along with other great South African sailors such as Gareth Blanckenberg and Greg Davis who started their careers at Imperial Yacht Club.

Imperial Yacht Club has a vibrant junior sailing fleet with training while sailing most Sunday mornings. All ages, boys and girls welcome, whether you have never sailed before and would like to learn, or experienced and are looking to compete. IYC have club boats to learn on and regular coaching and assisted sailing available.

Complete results and further information at www.youthnationals.co.za

For further information on sailing for juniors please contact the club at www.imperialyachtclub.co.za or email admin@imperialyachtclub.co.za