This was the best turnout ever in the West zone as Team15 (T15) continues to fire the imagination of local youngsters. T15 is the nationwide network of windsurfing clubs for youngsters of up to age 15.
There was plenty of new blood coming into the sport. Hosts Manley Merekatz mustered the biggest team allowed with 15 surfers, as did West Kirby Warriors and Team Astbury, while both Hollingworth Hunters and the far flung Windermere Ruffwinds brought six person teams.
20 youngsters fought for the class prize in the 3.5 metres. West Kirby managed a one two in this class, with Rupert Trambusti winning the class despite only winning one race in this very competitive class. Team mate Isaac Bradley Baker, aged just 9, took second, while Manley’s Rebecca Thompson just got better and better as the afternoon went on. She took the last two races to gain third place, just two points behind the winner. Henry Andrew of the Windermere Ruffwinds also did very well in his first T15 event to take fourth in this class.
In the 4.5 metres, Tomos Bulkeley from Manley almost achieved a perfect score while overcoming an 18 strong fleet. Four wins and a second gave him a clear win from Edward Wardle of Astbury, with Manley’s Scott Collins in third.
In 5.5 metres, Oliver Bradley Baker backed up his younger brother’s efforts in the 3.5 metres, but managed to go one better to win his class from fellow
With wins in three classes, West Kirby Warriors had added a fourth successive event win to complete an unbeaten year. Team Astbury came second, with Manley Merekatz third.
Organiser Mike Roberts was delighted with the growing turnout,”56 sailors was an all time record for the West Zone (and maybe anywhere?). It made for a tremendous spectacle. West Kirby Warriors now have the chance to match the success of last year’s winners Team Astbury at the Champions Cup.”
Supported by industry leaders Neilson, Tushingham/Starboard, Ultra Sport/Bic, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde, T15 was set up by the RYA to provide youngsters up to the age of 15 with the opportunity to learn all about windsurfing and improve their skills in a friendly club environment. Weekly training sessions take place at RYA approved centres and clubs and are run by RYA trained instructors and T15 coaches. All safety aspects are taken care of and equipment can be provided to children who don’t have their own kit yet.