06 Jun 2024

Walhampton Sailing Success


May was a busy month for the Walhampton sailing teams. On Friday 17th May  a team of six headed across to the Isle of Wight to compete in the annual U11 Ryde School Regatta. A sunny day with a near perfect gentle wind set the backdrop for a super afternoon, racing in double handed Picos, which culminated in them winning the Ryde Regatta event.  

The week before half term saw two teams of four travel to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for the IAPS sailing competition run by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. The Under 11 team raced on the Wednesday in two boats within a fleet of 28, whilst the Under 13 team raced on the Thursday in two boats competing in a fleet of 36. The children competed in RS Zests against other Prep Schools from across the UK.

The conditions  on Wednesday were  rainy and gusty with a moderate breeze, however the  enthusiasm and team spirit  shone through resulting in the U11s winning the combined competition with Louis and Rory’s boat also coming 2nd in the individual category. 

The U13s sailing championship is always a hard fought event. Felix, Laszlo, Henry and Tom have worked hard throughout the year, training through the winter, and were ready for the challenge.  A calm and focused team spirit shone from the boys on the day as they discussed tactics before the race and looked out for each other on the water.  A good moderate wind and determination enabled both boats to consistently keep the first and second positions in all four races. The competition was strong  and we are thrilled that  Walhampton U13s  won the IAPs Sailing Competition. Tactics on the water between the boys also ensured that both boats achieved two 1st and two 2nd places which meant that they both received  joint  1st individual boat overall.  This reflected all the Walhampton values of Kindness, Curiosity and Achievement. 

Walhampton Sailing Lead, Mrs Williams, said “Well done to all who took part,  who gave it their best and were humble and polite in receiving their successes. We are very proud of you and the example you set to all of the younger Walhampton sailors. We look forward to further achievements as the season continues and for all participants at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club Youth Week in August.”

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