Three of our students competed in the National Schools’ Sailing Regatta held on Rutland Water at the start of the summer holiday. Luke J and Billy S both in 7 RCM and Joe S, 11 LCS, all represented Plymouth at the National Competition. The five day regatta enjoyed a mixture of conditions, strong gusty winds that suited our boys who are used to sailing on the sea and more gentle breezes that the participants who are more used to sailing on inland lakes preferred. All competitors camped on the nearby showground and enjoyed a busy social schedule as well as long days on the water.
Billy and Luke demonstrated their skills in the Topper dingy class, both showing their potential to be first class sailors in the next few years. Joe was racing a Feva dingy and was delighted to achieve 5th in fleet as well as being 3rd placed in the all-comers race, which had an entry of over one hundred vessels.
Coombe Dean students are able to practise their sailing skills on a Friday evening between Easter and October half term at the Plymouth Schools’ Sailing Association base on Phoenix Wharf. Several of our students in previous years have progressed from dingy sailing to becoming both sailing and power boating instructors, studying for degrees in Sailing and enjoying success in international competitions.