Young Bexhill Sailors compete with National Champions

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TEN of Bexhill’s finest young sailors travelled to the immaculate Queen Mary’s Sailing Club, Middlesex, for 2 days of high level completion against the cream of South East England’s Zone Squad Team.Racing took place at the far end of the lake, over a mile from the club house on the 700 acre expanse of fresh sparkling water under an azure blue sky.

Over 120 under 16 year olds took to the water in light winds on Saturday and many struggled in shifty winds and unfamiliar surroundings. The Bexhill team were still shaking off the effects of 5.15am alarm calls and finished the day with some creditable mid-fleet finishes. Sunday’s sailing presented more challenges with an increasing wind and performances and positions improved. Top Bexhill sailor was Sonny Gardner who really mixed it with the “big-boys” from the National Squad, managing a brilliant 18th position in race 6 lifting him to 28th in the final standings closely followed by Felix Scheldt who scored well with a skilled 19th in race 5, 34th overall, and Matthew Trimmer 20th in race 4, 39th overall. Aaron Adams, competing against racers up to 6 years older than him, came in 40th overall scoring well in the light conditions of day 1. Piers Shoesmith, Oliver Brookes, Rachel Trimmer, John Firth and Alice Tomlin filled the next 5 places overall.

If there was a prize for the biggest smile of the weekend, it would have gone to Logan Adams who competed in the under 10s Regatta fleet. Too many capsizes left him just outside trophy positions but his enthusiasm was noted by RYA Regional Development Manager Sam Rowe.

Malcolm Brookes

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