Daniel R sails into Regional Team

A boy windsurfing on a lake

Windsurfer, Daniel R, has been picked to represent the region at this year’s “Eric Twiname” regatta.

Daniel, who has been windsurfing for 5 years, will head to the Lake District this summer, to compete in the two-day competition which is being held on Bassenthwaite Lake.

The Year 9 student is one of three Northern windsurfers in the “small sails” (4.5 square metres) section and will compete against the other 8 teams which make up the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Regional Groups.

Daniel - who was invited to apply after winning bronze in his sail-size at a national championship in 2019 - learned to windsurf with his mum who is also a keen surfer and has been following the “T15” programme designed to encourage young windsurfers.

Speaking about the competition, Daniel, who surfs with the “Kielder Kestrels” club and on Ladyburn Lake, said: "This is my first year being in a regional group and I’m really excited to have been invited.

"I have been training with the team most weekends since lockdown allowed, in venues from the Wirral, to Bridlington, via the Peak District (jointly with the Midlands group), on lakes, reservoirs, lagoons, and the sea, in all types of conditions from flat-calm to a minor gale.

"I have had to give up all my other weekend activities to fit it all in, but I don’t regret the commitment at all."

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