Lympstone Schoolboys crowned National Champions
PUBLISHED: 09:23 24 May 2018
Following their individual successes at the RS Tera Dinghy Start of Seasons championships, William James and Josh John-Ringe from St Peter’s School, Lympstone, teamed up in the RS Feva Dinghy for the U11 IAPS Schools National Championships at the 2012 Olympic sailing venue at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Nearly 100 sailors from across the UK converged to see who would become the 2018 Champions and take the trophies back to their school.
Unfortunately, grey skies, rain and very strong winds in excess of twenty knots made cancellation look like a certainty. But with the fleet making their way in very challenging conditions to the starting area the starting sequence began on time. All four races were completed, with Will and Josh taking four first places and winning the championship. St Peter’s School has a great record of producing top sailors, including former pupil and sailing Olympian Ben Rhodes, who happened to be on hand at the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, coaching his high-performance British sailing team 49er class at the same time. Ben took time from his busy schedule to give the youngsters some words of encouragement.
Will and Josh train with the South West Youth Sailing Academy, a not-for-profit sailing group helping youngsters progress from novice sailors to competitive racers under top RYA Feva coach Bex Partridge.
The group was supported by The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF), who helped grow the project so more sailors could participate.
William said: “The training with Bex really paid off and I am really grateful for her support. She even gave me advice on the day over the phone as with that wind speed we knew it was going to be tough.”
William and Josh are now preparing for the RS Tera National Championships in Cardiff in June.