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TeamChesil at the European Champs

Last week, four local sailors with disabilities from Chesil Sailability travelled to Rutland Sailing Club to represent Great Britian in the Hansa European Championships. There were 24 boats in the two-person class, and some very stiff competition from the Portugese, Swiss and Hungarians.

After a day of measurement, registration and then a very windy and wet practice race, our sailors were raring to fet going for Day 1, but strong winds meant racing for the day was cancelled. The following day saw a long wait in the morning for a strong enough and stable enough breeze to get racing underway, and it was a steep learning curve for our sailors starting in a big fleet again! But the sun was out and the windy favorable for the rest of the week, and thanks to our great chore crew, we were able to get some great races in.

As the week of racing went on, our sailors improved each day, with Dick Foyle and Philip Hall posting a 9th and a 12th in their final day, to finish 17th overall. Tim Scarisbrick and Anya de Iongh finished 8th overall, and were the top British boat.

It was a very challenging week of sailing, with lots of learning and even more laughs!

Thank you to the volunteers who came up to Rutland as our shore support crew, and made it possible for the sailors to race! Thank you also to Heatric who have kindly supported the Chesil Race Team this season too. 

 

: 13th Jul 2015 15:43:00

 

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