Sailing is an extremely popular sport at Oakham, both as a competitive and recreational activity. Our close proximity to Rutland Water, one of Europe’s premier inland sailing locations and regular host of the National Championships, means that we have access to superb facilities on our doorstep.
We have mixed teams of boys and girls, who race in Tera, Feva and Firefly dinghies. They take part in regular competitions held at Rutland Sailing Club, in other locations around the country, and at the National Championships. Oakham students have competed at European or World Championships every year since 2007.
In the Lower School, novices can start learning to sail. Continuing sailors are coached in our own Tera dinghies and each year we give several Junior Sailing Scholarships – free loan of an RS Tera to promising beginners. Form 2 sailors make the transition into double-handers, sailing the RS Feva as well as their Tera.
Competitive sailors train and race all year round. Pupils in Forms 2–4 sail the RS Feva with a focus on fleet racing and aim to earn a place in a class or national squad. Feva regattas last all weekend so these sailors learn good time management skills and become well organised. Older sailors team race in Fireflies. Some will also have their own RYA Pathway boat.
Each year teams of Form 6 students choose sailing for their Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award expedition. These teams are non-competitive and can include complete beginners. The students sail and live aboard yachts, training in the Solent and English Channel in preparation for an unaccompanied expedition on the Norfolk Broads.
In 2015, the inaugural Water Quidditch World Cup, organised by Oakham School, was held at Rutland Water. Young sailors from across the county joined together to take part in this light-hearted water-based homage to JK Rowling’s famous literary sport.