Beth Miller sailing success in 2018

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St Aidan's CE High School girl Beth Miller was the first-placed girl and an impressive second overall at the RS Tera Pro World Championships at RS Games in Weymouth Portland, sailing in the 66-strong RS Tera Pro fleet for older juniors in the class, likewise having to contend with some strong breezes. Over five days and 12 races, Beth's results included a race win and two seconds, plus a consistent set of top 10 finishes to secure the girls' title by a clear margin.

Run over 5 days and 12 races Beth took a creditable 1st place in race 5 and finished 2nd in two other races. Day 5 was abandoned due to heavy winds leaving Miller a clear second overall and first girl by some margin.

A lesson in consistency on day four in the heavy breeze Secured her title and second overall with Beth finishing 8th, 8th and 9th.

Other YDSC Pro fleet results were Oliver Rayner in 16th and taking the 1st position in race 6 and Esme Barraclough in 20 places overall.

Beth was representing Yorkshire Dales Sailing club and sailing under the New Zealand flag, representing her father native country.

In the Sports Fleet Oatlands Schoolboy, soon to be Harrogate Grammer School, William Bailey came fifth overall in a very close run battle for first place overall in the Sports Fleet (80 boats).

Thomas Bates of Ripon Sailing club entered in his first open regatta away from his local club finished a very credible 21st in the sports fleet.

Miller, Bailey, Bates and all the other Yorkshire Dales competitors have been a part of the youth training scheme at Ripon Sailing Club in Knaresborough and later move to Yorkshire Dales Sailing club to develop their skills on a larger and more challenging training ground.


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2018 results

1st girl: RS Tera World championships 2018

2nd overall: Rs Tera World Championships 2018

RS Tera World Championship at the RS Games, Weymouth & Portland - Overall

2nd girl: Rs Tera Start of Seasons. results & write up. Photo of Beth leading the fleet off the start line.

3rd Girl: RS Tera Inland Nationals. results and write up.

16th: RS Tera Nationals. results and write up.

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Beth, who competed under the New Zealand flag (at organizers request to increase nation's participation) of her dad Martin's native country

The realisation of becoming the Female RS Tera Pro World Champion and second overall hasn’t yet sunk in. Leading up to the event, I would try to go to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club as often as possible to practice my sport and perfect the little things such as hiking, tacking and jibing. Achieving something as great as this has given me an amazing feeling but at the same time, it feels like you now have such a high standard to maintain. I’ve been training hard over the past four years and especially this last season. To achieve this means a lot and it shows that anything is possible. Before the start of this regatta, one of the massive things I lacked was self-confidence. I would always doubt my ability and say that I can never beat certain competitors. During the worlds I proved myself wrong and that anything you put your mind and time to is possible. Now that I have become a world class sailor, I have much more self-belief and feel much better about my sailing. I now know I can go out and beat people I never thought I could and that has already benefited me massively.

The RS Tera Pro fleet regatta was very competitive but I think what assisted me in attaining my position were the starts and overall boat handling. My dad has been my main coach over the past four years and he has always taught me to keep my boat flat and rarely try to win the starts. Before the competition, Dad and I would sit down at the computer and watch Laser Olympic races and look at there techniques and then I tried to apply them to my own sailing In the heavy winds, I’ve been taught to play the mainsail through the gusts to keep the boat flat. On the start line, many sailors would compete to win the line but it’s more successful to be on the front row with clear air. I am not as tactical as many of my fellow sailors so before we are given the signal to launch I will find somewhere with my dad where we can look at the race course and its surroundings. I will also look at the forecast and see if it may shift and a roughly what time so I am then able to head up the bias side of the beat. The one thing I will never do is bang corners because if the wind does unexpectedly shift you can lose out massively. If I am ever in doubt about the bias side, I will always sail up the middle of the course and look at the surrounding boats to see which side looks favoured. I’m only as good as the weakest sailor, and the best advice I’ve ever been given is “Go out there, sail your hardest and what happens happens.”
Next season, I would like to go up to the RS Feva. I feel like this would be a good option because it can then improve my sailing in many different ways Hopefully, the Feva will give me more understanding of the science behind sailing and therefore make me understand how to generate more speed and power through the body and controls. Sailing a Feva will then give me experience in both a single and double handed boat. Due to going into Year 10 and starting My GCSE’s, I may have to reduce my time sailing but would still like to enter in competitions and get as far as possible.

2019 - 2020

I hope to sail the RS Feva for about two years before making the decision to either stay in a double-handed boat or go back to single handed.

I have now teamed up with her friend Tilda Brayshay to sail in the RS Feva fleet. We have been selected for the RYA RS Feva XL Zone Squad and will be training over the winter to get ready for the RES Feva Nationals in Abersoch next May 2019.


Race 7 Beth 1st round the top mark, 2nd overall.

Beth second around top mark, Second overall.

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Worlds Prize giving & speech

RS Tera World Championship 2018

BBC Look North Interview

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Beth started sailing the Tera in 2014 and entered the Regatta Fleet at the 2014 National Championships finishing a comfortable Last.

MAGIC MARINE RS Tera National Championships CHAMPIONSHIP FLEET 2014

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Team BT (Bad Tactics Sailing)

Beth has now teamed up with her friend Tilda to sail in the RS Feva fleet and will be working towards the Nationals in May 2019.

BT have now been selected for the RYA RS Feva XL Zone Squad.

Tilda Brayshay 2018 Scottish RS Tera Champion

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RS Tera Inland Nationals

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Last weekend, 1st – 2nd July, many RS Tera helms (no matter what their ability) enjoyed a very competitive sail at the inland nationals. The Inland Nationals took place in Rutland Water Sailing Club and all the races were held by a very kind and thoughtful race committee. Rutland is a lovely sailing club in the East of England.




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I entered in the pro fleet even thought I have been sailing this rig of only 5 months, and everyone else was going to better and more experienced than I was. I still managed to enjoy my weekend of sailing and was very happy with my end result, even thought I knew I could have done better.


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RS Tera 2016 Northern Travellers Series ends as it began

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And so the 2016 Northern Travellers Series ends as it began. In the Lake District with that Clark Kent effect!

Well sailed to everyone who took part today, some fantastic racing in testing conditions. Well done to winners of the SWSC Open, Thomas Nicholls and Ellie Clark and to series winners Oliver Kent and Ellie Clark.

Beth Miller finished 9th overall with her best result as Derwent Reservoir with a 3rd overall.

Beth next goal is the RS Tera nationals in August 2016.

Pwllheli, North Wales

26/08/2016 – 29/08/2016

UK RS Tera National Championships

Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre

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RS Tera North Squad Training at Ripon Sailing Club

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The RS Tera North Squad enjoyed a brilliant weekend of coaching at Ripon SC on 20 and 21 February. With coaches anxiously watching the forecast in the run up to the weekend there was some question about how much on the water time the squad could safely have but in the end nearly the whole of the weekend was spent afloat with some fantastic sailing by this very talented group of young helms.

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Second weekend of coaching for the RS Tera North squad

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This article appeared in Y&Y – 2015.

The second weekend of coaching for the RS Tera North squad was held on 28 and 29 November and was hosted by Leigh and Lowton SC. The forecast was for high winds throughout the weekend so the Coaches were a bit stumped when they arrived early on Saturday morning to find little or no wind at all.

By the time the 25 strong squad had arrived, rigged, been briefed and got changed the wind had picked up and the fleet went afloat to practice using their tell tales. The more experienced helms sailed in the stronger wind coached by Bernard and Georgie, with the less experienced group sailing in a quieter area with coaches Brett and Julie. A long session saw lots of smiling faces come ashore – happy sailors ready for lunch and keen to get back out on the water!

The afternoon session gave more focus to upwind sailing and by the end of the day it was clear that the fleet were now much sharper and that despite the driving rain occasionally sticking the tell tales to the sail, everyone was able to read and interpret them and make appropriate decisions on sail setting. Fleet racing gave everyone a chance to show how much they had progressed.



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Sunday saw a very early start with the sailors sent out just after Coach Graeme’s fitness session and before the wind really picked up. It was fantastic to watch the fleet reveling in the windy conditions, with even the smallest helms coping well with reefed sails. A quick lunch was had then it was back on the water for the final sailing session, the fleet coming ashore just as the wind really picked up. Masts were quickly taken down and sails furled whilst we watched the tops being blown off the waves!

After a great debriefing session the fleet set off on their way home, all smiling after a wonderful weekend.


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RS Tera Northern dates

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The RS Tera Northern Squad dates have been announced as well as the dates for the Northern Series, these are as follows,

Development SQUAD

14/15 November – Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club

28/29 November – Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club

23/24 January – Ripon Sailing Club

20/21 February – Ripon Sailing Club

19/20 March – venue to be confirmed shortly

(These dates are for the RS Northern Tera Group)


30 April and 1 May Bassenthwaite SC

14 and 15 May Ripon SC


9 July South Windermere


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