Pirates net Team15 Championship with a race to spare

WINNERS: Pugneys Pirates windsurfers Jacob Collett and Oliver Anderson.
WINNERS: Pugneys Pirates windsurfers Jacob Collett and Oliver Anderson.

Wakefield windsurfing team Pugneys Pirates wrapped up the RYA North Zone Team15 Championship with one race to go after a thrilling display at Kielder Water last weekend.

Youngsters from the Pirates won the 3.5m and 5.8m classes at the event to ensure they were crowned North Zone Champions for the third time ahead of their home event in September.

At the event hosted by Kielder Kestrels, Pugneys started strongly with Katelynd Smith taking a narrow win over Kestrels star Archie Dodd in the 3.5m class.

Despite ending with the same amount of points, Katelynd pipped Archie to top spot having taken more wins over the event.

The Kestrels bounced back to take victory in the 4.5m class through Jane Vallance, as Pugneys failed to place.

However, the Wakefield team completed a clean sweep of the 5.8m class as Jacob Collett came in ahead of Clubmates Thomas Sambrook and Joe Carter.

Pugneys’ RYA Team15 Ambassador Joe Thompson came first in the final 6.8m class, with clubmate Oliver Anderson in third.

Pugneys have dominated the competition this year and will look forward to celebrating their success at the final event in two months time.

They will then go on to compete in the Champions Cup along with the other zone champions, which will be held in Northampton in October.

Elsewhere, young powerboaters from around the county will be travelling to West Riding Sailing Club, Wintersett Reservoir on Saturday, July 20 for the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship 2013.

Youngsters aged between 8 and 16 will try out their skills at the regional finals, which will be hosted by WRSC for the third year in a row.

The competitors will take on a range of slalom courses, with the winners going on to the national finals in Southampton this September.