Oakham sailors competed in the Eastern Regionals of the BSDRA (British Schools Dinghy Racing Association) competition, held at nearby Rutland Water last Saturday. They finished at a respectable 4th place in the Firefly class and joint 3rd in the Feva class.
The BSDRA holds a programme of regional and national team-racing competitions, encouraging sailing in British schools.
Twenty four teams from ten different schools took part in the event competing in Feva and Firefly dinghies. There was a race every three minutes lasting approximately 10 minutes resulting in a lot of thrilling action on the water.
Team racing is a fast paced racing style, which depends on excellent boat handling skills and rapid tactical decision-making. It is also an exciting and sociable sailing format in which the team work together to try and establish an overall winning combination for their team over their opposition.
Head of Sailing Nick Neve said, “I am incredibly pleased with our Feva result. They are quick sailors who had never team raced before. The Firefly team were just points from the final and more match practice should improve their performance. Everyone gained valuable experience from this event and will have a good chance of doing well in the National Championships in July.”
Oakham School 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 and in other locations around the country.