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Freddie's high finish at prestigious national sailing event
14th September 2020

A talented young sailor at Rydal Penrhos returned to the water in style with a high finish at a prestigious national competition.

Freddie MacLaverty, a Year 8 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, tested his skills against some of the best young prospects in the country at the RS Tera Pro UK Nationals Championships over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The aspiring star travelled to Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy – which is the United Kingdom’s national centre – for the RS Tera’s biggest event of the summer. Freddie worked incredibly hard during training sessions prior to the competition, which led to an exceptional display in a competitive environment.

Freddie adjusted well to the conditions and produced a series of outstanding displays to eventually come away with second place overall.

This represents a significant achievement for the pupil, who developed a love of sailing thanks to his involvement with the school’s thriving programme, which has its own boat park on the Colwyn Bay coastline and has produced a large number of nationally recognised sailors over its 60-year history.

Freddie himself is an RYA Cymru Wales squad member alongside fellow pupil Keira Luke. He also achieved selection to the Team GB National Youth squad for their winter training programme in his single-handed Tera boat.

The Llandudno Sailing Club member even managed to gain some racing success during the lockdown period, with Freddie chosen to represent Wales at the virtual 2020 Eric Twiname Junior Championships, which was a virtual regatta held recently by the Royal Yachting Association.

He eventually came away with a superb silver medal finish to further add to his ever-growing list of accolades.

Rydal Penrhos school’s sailing programme is available to both Prep and Senior pupils. It is led by a team of specialist and fully qualified coaching with a wealth of experience.

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