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Runners Up in ‘Easterns’ Sailing Championships

Eastern sailing runners upSaturday 13th May saw Stamford Endowed Schools host ‘The Easterns’, one of the largest sailing events in the School’s sailing calendar, with the first team coming an excellent second.

The British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Eastern Region Team Racing Championships - commonly referred to as ‘The Easterns ’- was this year hosted by the Endowed Schools with 24 teams, 120 competitors and 115 individual races completed during the day.

The Stamford first team lead the round robin stage of the event, being the only team to achieve this with a 100% wins, to go into the finals in first place. Earlier in the event Stamford had defeated Royal Hospital School’s first team, who they had lost to in the finals of the Alton Regatta the previous weekend. Rugby School finished the round robins in second place and go with Stamford into the finals, which were best of three races.

Stamford won the first final convincingly, but Rugby fought back and were able to apply enough pressure to take the second race and force a decider. The third race was again closely contested with Stamford having the edge approaching the final leg, but Rugby managed to pull it back and take the last win and BSDRA Eastern Region Trophy.

Nonetheless, Stamford were the highest placed of the Rutland-based teams (Oundle, Uppingham, Oakham, Stamford and Rutland Raiders), and thus received the Rutland Trophy.

Stamford Endowed Schools’ head of sailing, Andrew Crookell was thrilled with the teams’ performances, “It was a sterling performance by both the Stamford 1st and 2nd teams and while there is more to learn, it is clear that the 1st team can compete successfully with some of the best in the country, and I am looking forward to the BSDRA National Finals in July.”