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Royal Hospital School Sailors Triumph at UK Women’s National Championship

By March 25, 2024No Comments

Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Holbrook, Suffolk, is celebrating the exceptional achievement of its sailing team at the UK Women’s National Championship for team racing held on the 16th & 17th March. Led by its dedicated coaches and displaying remarkable skill and teamwork, the Royal Hospital School contingent showcased their prowess among 14 teams from across the country, including esteemed institutions and clubs.

Over the course of the competition, Royal Hospital School entered two teams, each comprising six talented sailors. Employing strategic manoeuvres and impeccable teamwork, the teams navigated through intense races, vying against formidable opponents from universities and sailing clubs.

On the first day of the championship, the RHS Grey team demonstrated exceptional performance, winning 9 out of 10 races and securing the top position in the rankings. Meanwhile, the RHS Blue team displayed commendable skill, winning 7 races and securing the 5th position.

Advancing to the gold league on the second day, both Royal Hospital School teams continued to exhibit outstanding sailing prowess. The Blue team, in particular, shone brightly, winning 5 out of 6 races and securing the 2nd position in the league standings.

In the semi-finals, the RHS Blue team showcased their resilience and determination, securing victory against Cambridge University with a 2 – 0 win. This remarkable feat propelled them to the finals, where they faced off against Girls Afloat, the top team in the competition.

In an exhilarating final showdown, the RHS Blue team displayed remarkable teamwork and determination, winning a nail-biting deciding race to emerge victorious. Their victory not only secured the UK Women’s National Championship title but also showcased their remarkable skill and character in the face of tough competition.

Ed Sibson, Director of Sailing at Royal Hospital School, commented on this achievement saying: “We are immensely proud of the RHS Blue team for their remarkable achievement at the UK Women’s National Championship, their victory is a testament to their dedication, teamwork, and unwavering determination as well as the school’s commitment to excellence in sports and character development.”

Year 13 Pupil Georgie, RHS’ Blue team Captain also commented saying: It was a really smoothly run, well organised event that had a bubbly friendly atmosphere with great team racing taking place throughout the whole weekend. The organisers made the racing fair and enjoyable, we all had a great time.”