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Friday, 02 December 2016 18:09

Wow!

This year three of our Junior Optimist sailors applied to join the RYA South Zone Optimist squad and all three have been invited to join. Huge congratulations to Arthur Collenette, Kiera Carre and Xavier Ellis.

In order to get a place in the South Zone Squads the sailors had to attend 3 sailing events in the UK.  The first event was 1 day of racing at a regional event at Burghfield, the second event was the main event, 2 days of racing at the zone championships at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and the third was a training day at Spinnaker. 


At Burgfield there was a fleet of 76 sailors, Arthur was 30th, Kiera 45th and Xavier 63rd.  In true sailing style the weather didn’t play ball and the 2 days of racing at WPNSA became 1, after lots of postponements on the 2nd day due to high winds the racing was cancelled.  This meant that Arthur finished 20th, Kiera 32nd and Xavier 44th out of a fleet of 45 in the South Zone.  The training day at Spinnaker was light winds and a chance for the sailors to show that they want to learn and enjoy sailing.
Arthur, Kiera and Xavier are now committed to attending weekends training at different locations in the South of England over the Winter.  There are 6 training weekends and this means that they are away with their boats roughly every 3 weeks, receiving training from some high level coaches and mixing with those of similar ambitions. 

Well done and happy sailing.
 
 

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