Alexei Murphy represented the Manic Monkeys and the East Zone at the 2011 RYA Eric Twiname Champions over the 7/8th May weekend. The windsurfing Zone Squads have been working hard all winter with 6 weekends of intensive coaching. Hosted at Rutland Water Sailing Club, the Championships are the pinnacle of the racing calendar for the Zone and Home Country squads as the nine squad teams go head-to-head over two days for the prestige of picking up the coveted Eric Twiname Shield and being named top RYA Zone. It was an impressive regatta with 325 sailors taking part, including entries from 62 windsurfers.
Alexei competed in the 5.8m class with a great start on day 1 to lead the field with a 2-2-1-3 series. The light winds of Saturday were replaced by demanding gusty conditions on Sunday but the young windsurfers battled on for two more races. Alexei finished with equal top points for the competition (10) with Isaac Bradley Baker (West Kirby Warriors) but Isaac took the crown in the class on countback of first places. Alexei was delighted to be in the silver medal position at his first ET Championships.
It was the RYA West Zone who were triumphant in the overall competition and they were crowned 2011 RYA Eric Twiname Champions, taking home the ET Shield. The North took overall honours in Windsurfing.
Contributed by: Noel Murphy