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Megan's sailing success

14 June 2019

The past couple of weeks have been busy for Year 10 pupil Megan as she has been competing in the traveller series events in her sailing dinghy. 

Megan started sailing aged 8 and swiftly moved on to competing at national level in the RS Tera class of dinghy. After a few years developing her race technique and tactics she recently moved to the Laser 4.7 class, a performance single-handed dinghy that shares its hull with the Laser Olympic class only with a smaller sail for light weight helms.

This year Megan has set her sights on qualifying in the Midlands Laser traveller series and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Midland Youth Series and she has got off to a great start. At the beginning of June she competed in the first of the RYA Midland Youth series events sailing four races in light winds against under 19s and managed a creditable 4th place overall and Laser 4.7 class win. The following day she completed a further three races in the Midlands Laser Traveller series against some of the best sailors in the region and achieved a 6th place and Laser 4.7 class win in building and shifty wind conditions.

Last weekend she competed in the second of the youth events in very strong and squally winds. With five races, and almost half of the fleet abandoning the racing during the day through capsizes and equipment failure, the competitors did well just to survive. Megan sailed consistently throughout the event to bring home the silver medal on the day. We send her our warmest congratulations!

Megan’s next challenge is representing EHS at the Birmingham schools Regatta in a few weeks’ time at Bartley reservoir. We wish her luck and hope her current form continues!

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