Student competes against master at national sailing event
14th June 2019

The student and the master competed against each other at a high-profile sailing event recently.

Felix Corson, a Year 10 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, took his place in the field at the WASZP UK National Championships, which was held at Rutland Sailing Club over a three-day period.

The Middle School pupil was joined in the field by Max Todd, who is a seasoned international competitor who is also Head Coach of Rydal Penrhos’ thriving sailing provision.

Despite this being Felix’s first time competing in an all-adult foiling event, he showed his class to achieve a creditable 19th placed finish overall, which is even more impressive as an overhaul problem forced him to retire from the third race of the competition.

He said: “It was a really good regatta with fun on and off the water.

“It was a shame about my outhaul but it was a quick fix and then back racing.

“The event was well worth it and I would encourage anyone that has an interest to buy a Waszp and get involved.”

Mr Todd quickly established himself as one of the leading contenders for the title, finding himself in second place until a broken sail meant he eventually came in fifth position overall.

This was one of the first UK events to be sailed on the new larger foil which is now standard on all WASZPs and all sailors agreed this has been a great change for the class.

The boat now foils even earlier in the wind range, and is more stable through manoeuvres such a foiling gybes and tacks which previously were pretty challenging for newcomers.

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