Pugneys Pirates hoping to find more treasure in Team15 Windsurfing Championships

MAKING WAVES: Pugneys Pirates' Fiona Anderson
MAKING WAVES: Pugneys Pirates' Fiona Anderson

Pugneys Pirates will hope to have the wind firmly in their sails on Sunday for Round 3 of the RYA Team15 Junior Windsurfing Championships.

The young Pirates team will travel to Kielder Water in Northumberland for the next round of the competition looking to reinforce their lead at the top.

Pugneys are current North Zone champions and continued their top form into 2013 by winning the team prize in rounds one and two of this year’s competition to make them the team to beat again.

Led by Team15 Ambassadors Joe Thompson and Fiona Anderson, the Pirates are well on course to become North Zone champions for the second year running and will take to the water looking to cement those aspirations on Sunday.

Anderson and Thompson took first and second places in the 6.8m class in Round 1 at Derwent Reservoir to get Pirates on their way - and they have not looked back.

More success followed in Round 2, held at North Lincolnshire and Humberside Sailing Club last month, with Jacob Collett and Oliver Anderson joining Thompson and Fiona Anderson in racking-up the points for the Wakefield club.

The penultimate round takes the talented young windsurfers to Northumberland and Pugneys will be looking for more of the same.

They will be up against clubs including Coquet Crushers, from Amble, Northumberland, new team Kielder Kestrels, from Kielder Water, Northumberland, Durham’s Derwent Devils and North Lincolnshire Invaders, from Barton on Humber.

And more success in Northumberland would set Pirates up nicely for the final round, which takes place on their home waters at Pugneys Country Park on Sunday, September 15.

Should Pugneys top the North Zone standings, they will progress to the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup, which will see all the RYA Team 15 zone winners go up against other for the national crown.

The Team15 competition is for windsurfers aged 15 and under and Pirates have a long and successful history in the competition.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country. They are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Pugneys for more information, visit www.team15.org.uk, or call the RYA on 0845 345 0400.