Lympstone sailors excel at National Sailing Championships

PUBLISHED: 15:21 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:21 01 May 2018

Lympstone sailor, 11-year-old William James in action at the National Championships for the RS Tera sailing class of dinghy, held at Northampton Sailing Club.

Lympstone sailor, 11-year-old William James in action at the National Championships for the RS Tera sailing class of dinghy, held at Northampton Sailing Club.

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Last weekend was the start of the season's National Championships for the RS Tera sailing class of dinghy at Northampton sailing club, where 11-year-olds Josh John Ringe and William James from St Peters School, Lympstone, were both in action.

Lympstone dailors Josh John Ringe and William James who were in action at the National Championships for the RS Tera sailing class of dinghy at Northampton Sailing Club.Lympstone dailors Josh John Ringe and William James who were in action at the National Championships for the RS Tera sailing class of dinghy at Northampton Sailing Club.

William came second boy and third in his class at the event, along with Josh taking a third in his fleet.

This was the first major event of 2018 where top sailors from across the UK gathered to compete on Pitsford reservoir in near ideal sailing conditions with glorious sunshine.

Will said: “It was a really tough event with very shifty winds on both days. Sunday was a long day on the water with five hours of non-stop racing.”

The RS Tera is one of the UK’s fastest growing classes of boats suitable for children from eight years of age and has recently received recognition from the RYA as the ideal pathway boat for aspiring sailors to follow their Olympic aspirations.

William and Josh have trained with the South West Youth Sailing Academy, where their coach, Will Taylor, is himself the RS Tera ex World Champion.

The not-for-profit group set up in 2014 has helped develop new sailors into competitive racers with many gaining places on national and regional squads.

As their winter training is coming to a close, the sailors are now looking to practise their new skills in national events like this one or regional regattas and are currently training to represent their school at the National Schools Championship being held at Weymouth in May.

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