Rutland Sailing Club are victorious in the British Schools Team Racing Championships
Rutland Sailing Club’s youth group continued their outstanding winning run this week by triumphing in the British Schools Team Racing Championships.
The Rutland team took on the sailors from across the country to become the first UK Club team to win this prestigious trophy.
The event held at Bough Beech Sailing Club, hosted by Sevenoaks School, had 20 of the country’s best youth teams taking part.
The Rutland team showed remarkable skills both in speed and tactics to finish the first round with a clean sheet, winning all 10 of their races.
They continued this winning streak through the knock-out rounds to win the event without dropping a race.
The winning team was Ben Tylecote (Harington School), Georgiana Caldecott (Leicester Grammar), Jamie Tylecote (Catmose College), Freya Pembery (Bourne Grammar), Solomon WIlby (Uppingham Community College) and Terry Hacker (Long Road Sixth Form College).
A second Rutland team made up of sailors from Stamford School demonstrated the depth at Rutland by also winning all the races they sailed in the first round.
They were unlucky in the quarter-finals with the light and flukey winds of the day and were knocked out by Royal Grammar School who went on to finish third.
Team Racing typically consists of two teams each of three boats competing against each other.
It is a form of the sport most favoured by schools and universities as it is a fast paced racing style which depends on excellent boat handling skills, rapid tactical decision making and great team work and these skills were brilliantly demonstrated by the home teams.
The Rutland Hydra group is the next step up from junior sailing at Rutland Sailing Club and is designed to take youth sailing to the next level.
The group has been set up and is coached by a highly experienced and dedicated team of club members who have numerous world and national championship titles under their belts.
Hydra train regularly on Rutland Water in single and double handed dinghies, high performance dinghies and team racing boats to hone boat handling skills, tactics and race strategy.
They regularly attend regional and national events competing at a high level both individually and in teams.
Later in the week some of the younger Hydra members and junior sailors will be sailing for the Junior Trophy at the same event.
Rutland Sailing Club now has three national team racing titles, a remarkable achievement as it puts itself very much at the heart of team racing in the country.
Find out more about the youth and junior sailing opportunities at the club visit www.rutlandsailingclub.co.uk