08 Mar 2018

Thursday 08 March 2018

Over the weekend, on 3 – 4 March, four students from the King’s Sailing team competed in keelboats for the Harken Secondary Schools Regatta.

Harken Regatta 1


The team was made up of Hamish McLaren (Year 11, Greenbank) on helm, Oscar Little (Year 11, Major) on mainsheet, Olivia Scantlebury (Year 12, Taylor) on jib and Chester Duffett (Year 12, Selwyn) on bow.

Despite strong winds in the pool racing on Saturday, the team came back from a slow start to place fifth at the end of the day.

“The racing was tight because the helms are the best sailors in the country,” says King’s Sailing Manager Bryan Sapsworth. “A fifth placing meant they qualified for the Gold Fleet on Sunday, which was a good result considering the experience of the other teams.”

On Sunday the wind was slightly less but still up at the higher limit, causing a change of venue to in front of the Yacht Squadron.

“After a consistent start, the team got caught out on the wrong side and had to head into the lighter winds and more current, thus scoring a 9th place. This dropped them to eight, and from here couldn’t get back,” says Bryan.

Overall it was an excellent weekend for King’s Sailing, and a step up in results from last year’s Harken Regatta.