Young windsurfers sail to top awards in wild winds

First Team 15 event of the the season at Kielder Water Sailing Club.
First Team 15 event of the the season at Kielder Water Sailing Club.

Coquet Shorebase Trust

Teenage windsurfers Aaron Hobbs and Pip Heywood took part in the first Team 15 event of the season yesterday at Kielder Water Sailing Club.

Coquet Shorebase Trust windsurfers, took part in the first Team 15 event of the the season at Kielder Water Sailing Club.

Coquet Shorebase Trust windsurfers, took part in the first Team 15 event of the the season at Kielder Water Sailing Club.

The conditions were wild and the youngsters found themselves racing in winds of 33 knots, with gusts well beyond.

Both boys were sailing Bic Techno boards, with 6.8 rigs (sail area 6.8 metres square).

Coquet Crushers were outnumbered by the Kielder Kestrels and Derwent Devils, who had 10 young members per team.

Nonetheless, Aaron, 14, and Pip, 13, made their presence felt over the five races and came away with a first (Aaron) and second (Pip) awards in the 6.8 fleet.

They were followed closely by Nick Pike, 15, of Kielder. The 5.8, 4.5 and 3.5 fleet races were won by members of Kielder and Derwent, and Kielder sailed away with the Team Award, for most cumulative points gained.

The strong wind conditions eventually cut short the racing. However, Aaron and Pip, who have been training throughout the winter, did not want to miss out on an opportunity to sail in extreme conditions.

They stayed out for another hour or more, achieving speeds, recorded by GPS, of over 19 knots. Very impressive. Well done Coquet Crushers.

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