The Manx Youth Sailing Squad was formed in 2008 and over the last eight years the sailors have become incredibly competitive on the UK and international RS Tera circuit.
The MYSS has the brief of training a squad of sailors aged 8 – 13 in the RS Tera Class boats and taking them to the National and Inland championship each year.
Since it’s formation the Manx Youth Sailing Squad can certainly be proud of their achievements. In 2009 the squad won the RS Tera National Team Champions trophy for the best overall results from one club. In 2010 they won the RS Tera Inland Team Champions trophy.
Manx Youth Sailing Squad were nominated for the Team Prize at the 2011 IOM Sports Awards and Jenni Kneale was shortlisted for the Coach of the Year award. James Kelly and Hannah Howitt were shortlisted for the Under 21 Boy and Girl categories.
The squad has produced two World Champions, James Kelly in 2010 and his younger brother Greg Kelly in 2012. Greg went on the finish the season with a double, winning the UK Inland Championship too!
2013 was a good year for both Patrick Cope, Ffinlo Wright and Ben Batchelor who all finished in the top 10 at the events they attended. Jen Kneale was shortlisted again for the Coach of the Year award at the IOM Sports Awards.
In 2014 year Ben Batchelor finished in 3rd place at the Nationals and having competed at four UK events finished with an overall ranking of 3rd in the Sport class. Patrick Cope finished just outside the top 10 at the Nationals and Inlands.
In 2015 Ben Batchelor stole the show with top 3 finishes at the Nationals, and Inlands, the cumulation of his results from the RS Tera Start of Seasons, Inlands and Nationals left him ranked Number 1 in the RS Tera class in Great Britain! Ben is a recipient IOM Sport Aid Foundation support, this year his grant comes from the Mark Cavendish Foundation and Ben is delighted that Cav is following his progress on Twitter!
In 2016 the Squad took on six new members, Georgia Harding, Henry Hotchkiss, Teddy Dunn, Charlie Whitbread, Tom Whitbread and Peter Cope who join Ben Batchelor and Alec Cope. Teddy has already had his first taste of international competition, he finished a very credible 24th at the RS Tera Worlds a few weeks ago. At the same event Alec Cope finished 14th and Ben Batchelor a very impressive 3rd overall! The team are off to the RS Tera Nationals in Pwllheli this weekend.
The squad are always on the look out for new talent, so if you would like to be considered for the MYSS in the future please contact Jen at 7th Wave.
If you are new to racing but would like to give it a go have a look at our 7th Wave Race Academy.
2016 Squad Training Dates are:
- 23 & 24 April
- 14 & 15 May
- 11 & 12 June
- 20 & 21 August