Sailing Team Win BSDRA Eastern Racing Championships
SES sailing had a first this weekend when the Senior (Under-19) team won the Eastern Region of the British Schools' Dinghy Racing Association team racing championships at Rutland Sailing Club.
The team (Alice Lucy and Jess Flint from Year 9; Jemima Leedham from Year 11 and Tom Proffitt, James Hayes and James Leetch from Year 12) had been training for the event on Saturday mornings with their coach, Dr Andrew Crookell, and fought hard to win the title in challenging conditions, sailing in Fireflies against local schools Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle, as well as Rugby and The Royal Hospital School, Ipswich, which has a special elite sailing academy.
Team racing is often dubbed "chess on the water" and Stamford had to outmanoeuvre each team in turn before reaching the final, a tense and closely contested battle of best of three races against The Royal Hospital School's A team. Sailing captain James Leetch commented: "The team really enjoyed the day's racing and it was fantastic for us to get our first win in a major competition; it bodes well for future events".