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The National Youth Sailing Regatta has kicked off in Walmer this morning, with the event attracting thousands to the area.
The annual championship is being hosted at the Downs Sailing Club off The Strand - for the first time since 1999.
It has brought 310 competing youngsters from 19 county teams to a special pop-up regatta village on Walmer Green and the club itself. With them they have brought their families and supporters who are camped up at Ripple Vale School in Ripple. Others are staying in hotels in the area.
Downs Sailing Club commodore Chris Danican said: "Downs is delighted to again host this great event."
The regatta is organised by the National School Sailing Association (NSSA).
The event started this morning (Monday) but yesterday, families descended on the area for the opening briefing at Ripple Vale School.
Today, 11 races will take place at the club. There will be a de-brief every day by Olympic champs including Chloe Martin, Alison Young and Hugh Stiles.
Tonight from 7.30pm is the opening reception at the club with team captains, sponsors and the club's patron, Admiral the Lord Boyce, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.
For a full round up of the events, including pictures, see Thursday's Mercury.
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