Sailing Team Excel at Feva Nationals
The Stamford Endowed Schools Year 8-10 sailors (Sam and Jem Leedham, Ed Whattoff, James Rigby, Rose Robson, Molly Naylor, Tom Proffitt and Will Speigl) competed with over 90 boats at the Feva Nationals at Southend during half term. This was the second time SES has entered, though for Tom and Will it was their first national competition.
The Feva Nationals is a 3 day event attended by both club sailors and schools. The competition is both physically and mentally challenging with sailors spending 4-5 hours each day out on the water, race after race, then packing away their boats and noting their positions before starting once again the next morning.
After the qualifiers, the Gold fleet was dominated by sailing club boats, with just Tonbridge and Sevenoaks schools represented. However, the Stamford Endowed Schools had a strong presence in the Silver fleet, with Sam and Jem holding 2nd place for the first two days and Ed and James 5th place. A weaker final day saw both pairs slip to finish in 7th and 8th respectively, but beaten by only two other schools’ boats (one from Oakham and one from Sevenoaks). The other two pairs also did well with Tom and Will finishing 39th and Rosie and Molly, who were let down by equipment failure on the final day slipped down to finish just behind Tom and Will.
Andrew Crookell, SES Sailing Captain, said: “The team did extremely well and I am very proud of their performance at this major event.”