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SES Sailing Reaches New Heights

Feva Sailing CompetitionAfter a long year of hard work and dedication, the SES Sailing Squad has been reaping its rewards after training with the National Feva Squad in Hayling Island. Members of the Squad included James Rigby, Ed Whattoff, Sam and Jemima Leedham, Rosie Robson and Molly Naylor. Since competing at Hayling Island with the entire National Feva Squad, SES has at least one, and possibly two helm and crew pairs who are among the World’s qualifiers.

The team braved some difficult conditions at the Hayling Island competition, with a maximum temperature on the first day of just 3°c! They took part in seven races that day, and were on the water for over six hours. The squad did extremely well, managing to attain mid-fleet positions in all of the races.

The commitment of the team has certainly paid off and the successes continued at the RS Feva Grand Prix. Four boats (including one sailed by Frankie Pie and Hannah Brewis) raced at the event held at Grafham Water. The team did well enough to earn wild card entries to the World Championships, which is being held at Hayling Island in July.

James Rigby and Ed Whattoff, from the SES sailing team, said “This is great news for SES’ evolving Sailing Team, and beyond what any of us expected when we started training in September. The next events are the Nationals at Torbay 2-5 July, the Inlands at Rutland Water on 23-24 July, and then on to the World Championships.”