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Young Wirral windsurfers reclaim championship title
10:12am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
WEST Kirby Warriors have been crowned champion of champions in the final of a national windsurfing tournament.
After dominating in their West Zone regional heats, the Warriors won their place in the final of the Team 15 (T15) Champions Cup 2013.
Despite fierce competition they continued to perform at the national final at the weekend, reclaiming their 2011 title as T15 champion of champions.
They were one of seven teams, featuring 90 young windsurfers from across the UK took to the water for the competition at Pitsford reservoir at Northampton Sailing Club.
On their success, team captain Milo Callaghan said: "It's amazing and we've come so far, I don't think we really expected it to be honest as it was really tough competition at first.
"We wanted it and we went for it and it feels really good to win as a team. That’s what matters!"
Just under 90 young windsurfers from seven teams across the UK took to the water at Pitsford reservoir, Northampton Sailing Club.
Racing was split between the four windsurfing classes (3.5m, 4.5m, 5.8m, Techno 6.8) with a total of 37 races taking place throughout the weekend on the two courses.
After battling it out over two days of racing, West Kirby Warriors successfully clinched the victory and were pleased to bring the Champions Cup back to the Wirral for a third time, having previously won in 2008 and 2011.
The includes pupils from Hilbre High School, St Anselms, Upton Hall, Caldy, West Kirby Grammar and St Bridgets.
Special merit awards were presented to Pugneys Pirates Kate-Lynd Smith and Thomas Hunter, Spray Sprite Louis Mile, Pitsford Pirate Robin McAllister and Loch Insh Monster Tristan Millidine.
Duncan Truswell, the Royal Yachting Association's youth racing manager said: "It's been a great weekend.
"Even the rain hasn't dampened the spirits of the competitors today and the standard of windsurfing we’ve seen out on the water all weekend has been fantastic.
"This weekend has allowed many of the competitors to experience their first taste of competing at a national competition and it's been great to see them having fun whilst learning a lot about their racing.
"We hope they've been inspired to do more and will come back to compete for places in RYA Squad programmes next year".
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