Sailing squad shines at British Youth Racing Welsh Championships
17th October 2018

A host of aspiring sailing stars managed to secure high finishes from a high-profile national event recently.

The large contingent of Senior and Prep School pupils descended on Pembrokeshire Yacht Club for the British Youth Racing Welsh Regional Championships, and all Rydal Penrhos hopefuls emerged from the competition with an enormous amount of credit.

Year 6 duo Freddie MacLaverty and Keira Luke continued their exceptional season with first place in the RS Feva mixed pairing event and second in the class overall.

This represented a significant achievement for the duo, who were competing in their first major event in this category as a pair.

In the Topper Fleet, Felix Corson produced a fine effort to come away with fourth place, and Llion Morris was close behind to eventually finish tenth.

Zac Roberts continued his impressive progression with 12th spot in the Optimist Fleet, with Josh Manning (5th), Aidan Skinner (12th) and Freddie/Keira (16th) all breaking the top 20 of the Main Handicap category.

There was further cause for celebration in the form of Josh and Aidan, who both secured fourth-placed finishes in the 420 and Laser Radial events respectively.

The Regatta Fleet saw plenty of outstanding contributions from a Rydal Penrhos perspective, with Will Glanville (3rd), Shane Ayeni (4th), Felix Griffin (5th) and Lucy Ranales-Griffiths (6th) all showing tremendous dedication in the RS Tera Sport event.

Harrison McKinnel came second in the Laser Pico competition, with Noah Roberts (4th), Ellie Knight (8th) and Sophie Morris (10th) rounding off the school placings in the Optimist event.

Simon Glanville, father of Will, said: “Mr Todd and Mr Rippon gave some world class coaching and encouragement to the Rydal Penrhos team throughout a challenging weekend of weather conditions and should be applauded for their dedication, hard work and caring approach to the children over some long days. They really are a credit to the school.”

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