As the Holt RYA National Ranking Series 2004 builds towards a climax, the stars of today and tomorrow are heading north. Rutland Sailing Club will host the fourth event in the series, with over 100 competitors expected to sail this weekend.
Sailors have spent the last two rounds racing at Weymouth, so sailing on Rutland Water will require a different set of skills from the sailors. Rising to the challenge will be newcomers, RYA Olympic Transitional and Development Squad members and also some well established names on the Olympic circuit.
With Olympians from the past and present sailing in the last round at Weymouth, the series offers a perfect platform for budding sailors to test their skills against the world's best sailors. With RYA Olympic Development Squad Manager, Barrie EDGINGTON keeping a close eye on proceedings, the weekend is also the perfect opportunity to make the transition into the Olympic classes and hopefully get on the funding ladder, to compete at key 2005 Olympic regattas such as Palma, Hyeres and Spa.
Helping sailors on their way into the international arena is renowned coach, Jim SALTONSTALL. He will be armed with a camera and on Saturday after racing will pass over his words of wisdom to the sailors as they watch through the days sailing.
Racing will take place in four Olympic classes, the Finn, 470, Europe and Mistral and one Paralympic class, the 2.4mR. With six races scheduled, the first at 12.00, the weekend will offer the sailor's a fantastic chance to experience top quality racing on home waters.
Speaking before the event, Barrie EDGINGTON said, "The last four events in the series have been very close and I am sure this weekend will be no exception. As the series draws to a climax, the last being in Warsash on 20/21 November, the pressure is building on sailors to maintain good results in order to move up the ranking ladder. For some, it is a chance to put in convincing performances in the hope of receiving grants."