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Sailing Team Compete in National Championships

 sailing championshipsThe Stamford Endowed Schools sailing team competed in the Eric Twiname championship on the 19th - 20th October. The event is run by the Royal Yachting Association and is the national team racing championship for Youth (Under 19) and Junior (Under 16) teams.

On the first day each U16 team sailed against ten other teams drawn randomly. In an incredibly impressive performance the SES U16 team consisting of; Tom Proffitt (captain), James Leetch, Will Spiegl, Alex Middleton, Jemima Leedham and James Hayes won 7 of their 10 races, meaning that they were positioned in 7th place overall at the end of Day 1.

On the second day, each team sailed against the teams who had qualified at a similar level to determine the final positions. Day 2 was always going to be a much more challenging day for the U16 team as they were competing against teams of a similar standard. So it proved to be, with the team gaining one win and four losses to tie with Parkstone SC Junior Toppers to finish 12th overall in the competition. 

The Stamford U19 team made up of; Hannah Brewis (captain), Sam Leedham, Ed Whattoff ,Frankie Pye, Robert Reiss, Molly Naylor competed in Firefly dinghies for the first time in their races. Given their lack of experience in Fireflies, boat handling and boat speed was always going to be an issue, and the senior team did really well to get into the mix so that they could try to use their tactical knowledge, which was sound. Although the U19 team did not win any races on Day 1, it was impressive that they held their own against these national top teams.

This positioned the SES U19 team in Silver B fleet for day 2, when they were competing against teams of a similar standard.  As a result the SES team were able to win two of their five races to finish 4th in Silver B fleet, 22nd overall in the competition. It was also noticeable that in the races they lost, they were much more competitive, conceding fewer points than on day 1.

Andrew Crookell, Stamford Endowed School’s sailing coach, said: “We went into this competition, our first time at the Eric Twiname event, with the intention of using it as a training exercise and to gain experience. This we certainly did – no amount of training on Rutland Water could generate the situations and experiences that this competition did. Both teams acquitted themselves extremely well and I am very proud of what both accomplished.”