ON THE WA­TER

Hampshire Life - - Top Of The Class -

Stand­ing tall and just 20 miles from Hamp­shire Col­le­giate School, the school’s fleet of Etchell 22s are moored in the So­lent at Lyming­ton Har­bour. Sail­ing is a pop­u­lar co-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity with many of the school’s chil­dren en­joy­ing the Keel­boat Pro­gramme.

While some pupils are al­ready keen or ex­pe­ri­enced sailors, many have their first taste of coastal keel­boat and power­boat water­sports within the school cur­ricu­lum. With time on the wa­ter and a con­tin­u­ous pro­gramme of train­ing pro­vided by the school’s ex­pe­ri­enced in­house in­struc­tors, chil­dren be­come com­pe­tent young sailors with many go­ing on to gain Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (RYA) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion both in keel­boats and power­boat PB2.

Each year, the school’s sail­ing team com­petes in the Isle of Wight Round the Is­land Race. This year, Hamp­shire Col­le­giate School was the fastest team of young sailors and po­si­tioned 111 in the over­all race (out of over 1,200 teams com­pet­ing), col­lect­ing the 2018 Ray­ma­rine Young Sailors Tro­phy. Well done!

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