YOUNG sailors from around the region have been testing their skills on the open water at Derwent Reservoir.
The final event of this year’s RYA NE Youth Travellers Series took place at the reservoir, with Will Brown, from Longbenton High School, among the competitors.
Brown only began sailing 12 months ago as part of the Tynemouth Sailing Club RYA OnBoard initiative.
The NE Youth Travellers Series has toured sailing clubs across the north east since early May, from Tynemouth and South Shields in the north to Scaling Dam and Ripon in the south.
A total of 77 young sailors have completed 35 gruelling races on inland waters and out at sea.
At the top of the leaderboard and the RYA North East Youth Travellers Series Champion for 2012 was 14-year-old Simon Weatherspoon, from Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club.
Judith Corry, RYA NE Youth Travellers Series co-ordinator, said: “I am so proud of all the young sailors.
They have all sailed their socks off.
“I also need to thank the RYA coaches Simon Benson and Helen Bainbridge for all their support.”
The event is part of Sail for Gold, the nationwide London 2012 initiative from the RYA.
The programme aims to celebrate Britain’s unmatched Olympic sailing heritage and inspire more people to get out on the water more often in this Olympic year.