Ten young sailors from Oakham School are flying to Florida to take part in The 2018 RS Feva World Championships this Easter – the only school team on the roster!
If this wasn’t impressive enough, half of the UK’s representation at the World Championships will be from Rutland, England’s smallest county! A total of 50 boats are taking part from countries all over the world, with 13 boats from the UK - an impressive six of which are from Rutland! Oakham’s 10 sailors are joined by two pupils from Stamford High School, all of whom sail together at Rutland Water.
Whilst this is the first time the RS Feva World Championships has been held outside of Europe, it’s certainly not the first time Oakham’s sailors have taken part. Indeed, teams from Oakham have sailed at the World Championships every year since 2007 – enjoying a variety of successes – notably at last year’s event, which was held in Holland, when James and Spike came away with Bronze.
“Oakham has a national reputation for sailing,” says Director of Sailing Mr Nick Neve. “We have an incredible pool of home-grown sailing talent – with pupils who tried sailing for the first time as part of our activity programme now representing Great Britain at a World Championships.”
The young sailors will arrive a few days before the Opening Ceremony, on the 3rd April, to train and acclimatize to the time change and spend some time getting used to the sailing conditions. Racing begins on the 4 April up to the prize giving ceremony on the 8 April.
“We are lucky to be so close to Rutland Water, which provides a great training ground for both our new and experienced sailors,” continues Nick. “However, the water in the Gulf of Mexico at the Clearwater Community Sailing Centre in Florida will, I’m sure, be a little different!”
The sailors are all currently busy preparing for this international race series and are looking forward to a warm up event, the Feva Spring Championships, which is taking place 24-25 March at Draycote Water.
Oakham’s sailing talents also include current student Maddy Kirk who is set to compete this year in the Youth Nationals Championships at Largs, the National Championships at Hayling Island and the European Championships in Helsinki. Along with alumni Emily Nagel, who is currently competing in the Volvo Ocean Race.