Seaford College Sailing Club have travelled to Weymouth, the home of British Sailing, to take part in the RYA British Youth Regional Championships (BYRC), an event held at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.
This is a revered location, being not just the training waters for the British Sailing Team, but also the venue of the 2012 London Olympic Games where Sir Ben Ainsley became the most decorated Olympic sailor, claiming five medals across five Olympic Games. Great Britain is the top Olympic sailing nation, with the most medals and has already qualified for the 2020 games in all classes. Currently the only nation to do so.
We caught up with Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College, to find out a little more.
This is the first time Seaford College has entered a sailing event of this calibre, although several pupils have previously been members of zone squads with one pupil being a current zone squad member. Sailing at this level is a natural progression after winning four golds in early September at the West Sussex Schools regatta. This is a fantastic achievement having only establish sailing officially at Seaford in Easter 2018.
Weymouth is a fantastic place to bring the pupils to sail. Not only is this where team GB were victorious in the Olympics, which creates such motivation and inspiration to the sailors, this is where the greats of British Sailing have trained and competed. Weymouth has fantastic sea sailing, in sheltered waters with a variety of wind conditions. The sailing academy here has world class facilities and top level racing and coaches are in-situ this weekend delivering the event.
How tough is the competition this weekend?
The championships this weekend are going to be tough as many of the competitors are British regional zone squad members. I’m sure many children competing this weekend will be the future of the British Sailing team. We may even be seeing our next Olympians in the making this weekend! It is important for the Seaford pupils to get exposure to competitions of this calibre. They are going to be put under pressure, challenged, and will learn huge amounts. The coaching and debriefs will be world class and the visibility of this experience will be crucial in their development in Sailing.
The team rose to the calibre of this event by performing brilliantly against such strong competition. A massive congratulations to Kyle Roose and Rufus Mackenzie for securing bronze medals in the RS Feva XL fleet for the South of England.
To watch the team at work in Weymouth, watch our video below.