Record breaking year for young sailors at West Kirby Sailing Club

West Kirby Sailing Club are celebrating the success of twelve of their young sailors who have been selected for both Regional and National RYA Optimist squads – a record number of sailors in squads for the Club.

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Five sailors have been invited into the Regional North Squad; Oscar Sandow (12) Isobel Sandow (10) Leon Kadioglu (10) Sebastian Nixon (11) and Thomas Hazleton (11), who will all be travelling to sailing clubs all over the North of England for training throughout the winter. Four sailors have been selected for the National Squad; Arwen Fflur (13) Freya Sewell (14) George Creasy (13) and Patrick Bromilow (12) who are amongst the top 18 ranked sailors in the country. Three girls have joined the Junior Girls Squad; Holly Wright (12) Olivia Creasy (11) and Olly Nixon (13) making up the remainder of the top 25 ranked girls in the country. 

The sailors will train hard over the winter in preparation for the start of regatta season in the spring, with lots of national as well as some international competition planned. Exciting times ahead for these young sailors!

West Kirby Sailing Club has a strong junior sailing programme, called The Optimist Dolphins. It is a learn to sail to race programme for children from the age of 5 who are taught to sail on West Kirby Marine Lake in Optimist dinghies, an ideal sized boat for younger children to get to grips with sailing and then eventually learning how to race against their peers.

West Kirby Sailing Club has a new intake of beginner sailors every spring. For families who have children interested in getting involved with the junior sailing programme please contact Clare Rogers; and keep an eye on the website for junior events.