During the second to last week of the summer term, six students from Seaford College competed in the Schools Week Sailing Championships, which has been held annually at Itchenor Sailing Club since 1953. It is one of the biggest school sailing events in the UK, and attracts teams from across the country, and this year attracted entries of over 150 racing dinghies. Paul Harker, who took the students to the competition, told us about the event.
Seaford College Prep School pupils Oliver Randall-May and Thomas Lawson are keen and talented sailors. After bumping into each other at Chichester Sailing Club, having never realised that each other sailed, they now sail their RS Feva XL, a double handing sailing dinghy, together with great success, and have high hopes for the future. They have just done extremely well in the Schools Week competition at Itchenor Sailing Club, representing Seaford. They were racing alongside much older competitors, many of whom were four years older than them, and did fantastically well. They participated in eight races over two days, their best position was 8th and they overall ranked 26th out of 40.
When did you start sailing?
Thomas: I’ve grown up by the water, my dad grew up by the water. In the holidays we’d go sailing all week. I started in a Topper about five to six years ago, and I sailed in Toppers until I started to sail the Feva.
Oliver: I started sailing when I was three. I’ve been out in loads of different Continue reading