Exe Sailing Club reflects on a year of continuing junior development
PUBLISHED: 16:38 12 December 2018
Exmouth's Exe Sailing Club has had another terrific past year in terms of developing young sailors.
Junior Racing (rebranded from Exe Squad to align with terminology used by the RYA and most other sailing clubs) has had another strong year during which time the club has continued to run autumn/winter and spring/summer training. The sessions are for young sailors getting into racing.
At Exe SC they hold meetings once a month during the winter months and training sessions involve on-the-water and classroom-based activities.
The twenty-six youngsters that have attended the ‘Junior Racing’, have all reached their RYA level 4 in sailing certificate, and are sometimes lucky enough to be taught by professional sailing coach Mark ‘Corky’ Rhodes
In terms of the past 12 months and the exploits of some of the club’s younger sailors, Josh John-Ringe (and Will James) came first at the National IAP Performance Boat (RS Feva) Championships and also landed a third place finish at the Rooster RS Tera Start of Season event in Northampton. Louis Siveyer sailed into third spot at the Castle Cove Topper Traveller 5:3 fleet and Max Christie was first at the same championships, but in the Castle Cove Topper Traveller 4:2 fleet. Jakson Leach (and Alfie Shehan) were third in the Eric Twinane Championships (Feva XL) while Sandy Bailey and Jack Francis were eighth at the Eric Twinane Championships (Feva XL) and the pair also claimed a third place finish in the Sliver Fleet @ RS Feva Nationals.
Sophie Raven and Cerys Morgan took first overall at the Two Rivers Junior Series Slow Handicap Fleet and Alana Tyler and Tom Scott were first at the Starcross Two Rivers Junior Series, Novice Fleet. Louis Siveyer continued his success by qualifying for the ITCA Topper Worlds 2018 in China and Josh Ringe also continued his success with a fourth place finish at the RS Tera Championships, RS World Games. Jack Francis and Sandy Bailey were 51st at the RS Feva European Championships and, last but certainly not least, Jackson Leach, Tom Massey, Jack Francis and Sandy Baily were all selected for the RYA SSW RS Feva Zone Squad 2017-2018.
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