After our success at the IAPS Sailing Regatta, girls from St. Swithun’s Junior School once again took to the water for an inter-schools sailing regatta.On the last day of term a group of ten, very excited, girls lugged their huge sailings bags down to Southampton Water Activity Centre (SWAC) and after a lovely picnic in the sunshine we met our opposition, Pilgrims, Prince’s Mead and Ryde School.
After changing into our sailing kit, we all congregated in the classroom to have a quick run through of the afternoons racing rules and listen to the safety briefing.
The sun was blazing down as the instructors helped to rig the Picos and before too long 21 boats and a flurry of safety boats were afloat, by the time the highly competitive racing, mainly due to fierce sibling rivalry, was underway the wind had really picked up. The safety crews had their work cut out assisting with numerous capsizes, but all credit must go to girls as the smiles never faded from their faces.
For some of our girls this was the very first time that they had sailed together let alone experienced proper racing, for others they had been training hard. After a wonderful afternoon of races out on Southampton Water, everyone returned to shore somewhat redder than and rather more exhausted then when we had departed. However, everybody loved it and had an exhilarating day.
Special thanks must go to the SWAC team for their endless enthusiasm and professionalism.