Raiders race to victory

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RUTLAND Sailing Club’s junior team won the Midland Regions BSDRA (British Schools Dinghy Racing Association) team racing event at the weekend.

This was a fantastic achievement made even impressive because the average age of the team was 14 while the average age at the event was 17.

It was an all-round home team victory with Oakham School finishing second. And they may think hard before inviting their headmaster again – until he made it on to the water they were unbeaten in the competition.

Each team races three boats in the team events and the Rutland Raiders (Ted Ashworth, Lori Hodson, Henry Morley, Charlie Jeynes, Luke Berry and Elysia Dooley) kept fans on the edge of their seats until the very end.

The event started with the 12 teams split across three pools with Oakham School coming out on top.

In the first race, Rutland Raiders got off to a good start but Oakham School fought back, and following an infringement by one of the Raiders won the opening clash.

A Raider was penalised again in the second race but with great determination they crossed the line in first and second.

In the third and deciding race, the team made it to the windward mark in the top three places but racing each other almost collided and capsized while out in front. Despite a penalty, the team held on to the lead to win the event overall.

l TEAMS from Rutland have attended all the major UK Team racing events this year. The teams train with the help of Oakham School but more help is needed. If you can help contact Rutland Sailing Club.

l RUTLAND Sailing Club hosted the largest and most prestigious Junior sailing event of the sailing calendar - the RYA Eric Twinane Championships - recently.

The event stars many of the top U15 sailors in the country and many current Olympic sailors have cut their teeth at this competition in recent years, including Ben Ainslie.

Club Commodore, Pete Ashworth, said: ‘This is one of the best Eric Twinane championships the club has hosted, with over 350 sailors competing over both days, in near perfect sailing conditions.

“Club members were still able to take full advantage of Rutland water and many members took part in club racing and long distance club racing alongside this prestigious event.”

This is the 26th year of the races, with Rutland home for the last 10 years.