Windermere School’s Sailing Team competed in the RYA West Zone Championships with more than 1,000 of the nation’s Olympic sailing hopefuls, all of whom hit the water across the UK, competing in nine zones. The Championships traditionally mark the end of the Junior racing season and are a key event for any young sailor wishing to be selected for the RYA Zone and Home Country squads, which is the first step on the pathway to Olympic Classes sailing.
There were some great results from the team, even though the wind was very light. Well done to Joe Baker who finished third in his Topper; Ethan Leahy and Fergus Meanwell who came second in their RS Fever and Pierce Harris and Alfie Cogger who came fourth in theirs. Star sailor of the day though was Theo Stewart who came first in this RS Tera. Theo commented “I really enjoyed this event which was so exciting. My aim now is to win more medals“. Theo didn’t just come first in the Regatta Tera class but he beat the sailors in the Regatta Optimist and Topper classes as well.
Tim Hall, RYA Event Director for the RYA West Zone, said “The West Zone has some really promising young sailors which is great to see”.
A number of the team members found their passion for sailing whilst at Windermere Preparatory School and have built on this experience when they moved up to the Senior School. Their success is not only down to their hard work but the commitment of the School’s Sailing instructors.
The first time my daughter and I visited the school she said to me “that is a happy school no question.” The scholastic achievements of the school are evident and an easy measure for a school to demonstrate. What is hard to quantify is the holistic development of a pupil at which, in my experience, Windermere School excels.
Windermere School is such a unique community to be a part of. Not only is it based in a truly beautiful and inspiring national park, but the environment created by staff and students alike makes for an incredibly supportive, proactive, exciting and international place of learning in which everyone can thrive and be the best they can be.