Our Year 10 pupil, Archie Penn has returned from a very successful sailing summer. Since his selection to the GBR Cadet Sailing Team for the World Championships, Archie completed the pre-event training with his team mates, which included taking part in the Flanders Youth Regatta in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, where he just missed out on a podium finish with a 4th place overall in a 30 boat fleet. The racing on the open sea with big waves, was very exciting and set him up well for the challenge of the World Championships.
Held on the beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy in early August, the World Championships attracted over 125 boats from 13 countries around the world. The top sailors from each country competed in the main World Championship series, where Archie and his crewmate Hazel Whittle secured 2nd place overall, won the first under 16 years trophy and was the top British boat.
Just 3 weeks after returning from Italy and having taken part in a local regatta at Waldringfield, the Cadet class reassembled for their National Championships at Torbay, where Archie performed consistently again, to finish in silver medal position, this time by just 2 points as the series went to a last race decider.
As a result, the RYA have invited Archie to “transition” into the bigger 420 racing dinghy and he is looking forward to a full programme of training and racing through the autumn and winter at various locations around the country.