Top 20 finish for Oakham sailor representing GB
14 December 2015
Talented Oakham pupil Phoebe Le Marquand competed in the Cesme International Regatta in Turkey as part of the RYA National Intermediate Optimist squad, where she placed 19th out of 256 competitors. She came first out of her 3 GB teammates, and was also the fifth placed girl overall.
Phoebe, who is in Third Form, said “After training for four years in Optimist squads, two years at regional level in the South Zone and now two years at national level, I felt privileged to be invited and do well for Great Britain.”
The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy made for children up to the age of 15, and is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world.
Phoebe’s success comes just weeks after the British End of Summer Championship at Draycote Water in September, where she was the first placed girl. She also has plenty of upcoming events in 2016: “The next important ones are the Braassemermeer Easter Regatta in Holland, where I will be part of a large GB team, and the Selections. The Selections are very important to me because if I do well I will be able to be represent GB in one of their very top summer teams. Only five sailors go to the Worlds and six to the Europeans. It would be awesome if I made it!”