Sailing Pair Triumph in National Competition
The annual Schools Sailing Championships, hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club in Chichester, was a major success for the Stamford Endowed Schools team. The SES team competed in the 420 class dinghy, against schools from around the UK and against pairs of sailors who are part of the RYA Youth Squad, looking for Team GBR selection. 17 of this type of boat competed, and 43 of the Firefly class dinghy.
James Leetch (Year 10) and Jemima Leedham (Year 9) won the first day mini-series outright, and in the main series of ten races over two days they were never outside the top three. James and Jemima finished second overall, and won the prize for the top schools pair in the country, only being beaten by two of the RYA Youth Squad sailors. Most notable is that Jemima and James are 14, and they beat sailors typically 17-18 years old.
Ed Whattoff and James Leetch won the Midfleet prize in their 420, coming 8th overall in the main series and 5th in the first day mini-series.