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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Norwich sailing star Bryony Bennett-Lloyd will be laying down the gauntlet to Britain’s top sailors as she bids to land gold at the 2013 RYA Youth National Championships over the Easter break.
Around 350 of the country’s finest Youth dinghy racers and windsurfers will converge on the West Coast of Scotland for five days from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5 to do battle at what is regarded as Britain’s premier annual Youth sail racing event.
Seventeen-year-old Bennett-Lloyd, who is a member of Hickling Broad Sailing Club, finished the annual event seventh girl last year and will be hoping to improve on her performance and overall result from last year’s regatta in North Wales.
The Norwich High School for Girls student, who competes with Annabel Catermole from St Albans, Hertfordshire, in the double-handed 420 dinghy, has started her season off strongly with an eighth overall and first girl at the 420 Tiger Trophy in February.
More recently she finished fifth and first girl at the season’s opening qualifying event for the 420 class World Championships, proving she is in fine form with her sights firmly set on the win for this year’s event.
The event, this year being held at Largs Sailing Club, Scotland, has over the years helped to identify and develop some of Britain’s most talented young sailors, such as multiple Olympic gold medallists Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy and Sarah Ayton.
As always the event doubles up as a selection event for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships, which this year take places in Limmassol, Cyprus.
Last year, Great Britain picked up two gold medals and silver at the event as well as picking up the prestigious Nations Trophy for the top performing nation.