The Royal Yacht Squadron is playing host to the eye-catching RS Elite National Championships this Olympic year, when the highly competitive regatta takes place during the prestigious RYS summer programme from 30th August to 2nd September to compete for their major annual title. Premium brand Wight Vodka has been announced as headline sponsors for the regatta.
One-design RS Elites always deliver adrenalin-pumping races at their championships, so add to that the picture of Wight Vodka cocktails on the pristine RYS lawn before the big Class Dinner in the Castle and you have an idea of what this regatta is about!
A record RS Elite fleet will take to the Solent for this championship, including a strong contingent from Ireland who have already committed to the trip. Top Elite sailors, including defending 2011 champion Jono Brown and 2010 victor Crauford McKeon, will also be out to lift the trophy.
Chris Mason the RYS Yachting Secretary comments, “The Royal Yacht Squadron is delighted to be hosting the Wight Vodka RS Elite National Championships. The regatta will come at the end of a very busy season for us, and will be a fitting finish to what is going to be a spectacular year at the RYS and in the UK. Personally, I’m really looking forward to watching high-class fleet racing from the Royal Yacht Squadron.”
Ritu Manocha, the entrepreneur behind 50° North and Wight Vodka, is understandably enthusiastic about their commitment to British sailing, “I’m very proud to be working so closely with RS Sailing and the Royal Yacht Squadron to support the RS Elite Nationals. Being an Olympic year, Wight Vodka is involved in many great events, but we’re certainly looking forward to the end of August and participating in a fantastic four days of highly competitive RS racing coupled with so many fabulous social events!”