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James selected for RYA National Junior Squad

 James Leetch sailingStamford School student, James Leetch Y10, has been selected to join the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) National Intermediate Junior Squad. James had to take part in three ‘indicator’ events over weekends at Rutland, Derwent and Pwllheli sailing clubs; followed by the Topper Nationals at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy over 6 days in August. James’s selection was based upon his incredible performances across these events.

The purpose of the RYA UK Junior Squad Programme is to feed talented sailors into the Youth and Olympic Programmes, to enable them to succeed at World and European Championships in subsequent years. The Junior Squad currently supports around 190 of the most talented British Sailors between 11 and 16 years of age.

James’s performance in the SES sailing team has also been extremely strong. Andrew Crookell, SES Sailing Captain, said: “James has a particular talent for boat speed, and can out-distance seemingly identical boats sailed by very experienced sailors. To do this requires an almost subconscious awareness of the wind strength and direction as it continuously changes, and the ability to make adjustments to the boat to make best use of the wind. 

Recently James has started to train for team-racing competitions: an aspect of the sport which requires excellent boat control and very tactical sailing. James is showing much promise in his ability to use the rules of sailing to his tactical advantage.”