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The School made waves in the autumn Surrey Schools sailing competition, with four St John’s pupils competing.
St John’s entered four boats into the Laser Class for the competition, made up of nine boats and competitors from six schools. The boats were rigged by 9.30am and the sailors briefed on the course and rules. After a short discussion on tactics, Murray Hampshire (Churchill), James Cook (Surrey), Charlotte Corbett and Ellie Brettell (Gloucester) took their boats to the start line.
Wind conditions were very light and the start gun saw Hampshire, Cook and Corbett well positioned, closely followed by Brettell. Excellent ground was made around the first marker and the fleet of almost 100 boats spread out. Positions remained unchanged at the second and third marker - Corbett being closely pursued by two lasers from Reeds and RGS Guildford. The final positioning saw Hampshire, Cook and Corbett take 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively. Brettell unfortunately retired owing to ill health.
In the second race, positioning was perfect again on the start gun and St John’s took the leading positions up to the third marker. A slip in concentration lost Corbett her third place. 1st, 2nd and 5th place were taken by Cook, Hampshire and Corbett respectively. The third and final race saw a near perfect start by all three again. By the fourth marker the sailors held their 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions, and with only one final marker remaining it looked hopeful. With a gaining pack, every second counted and any miscalculation would cost. A sluggish turn after the fourth marker dropped Corbett to fourth and spectators saw 1st, 2nd and 4th position taken by Hampshire, Cook and Corbett respectively.
It was a wonderful opportunity to see St John’s pupils competing against a strong fleet of nine Lasers. Conditions were far from ideal but all the sailors made the most of it. St John’s won the class, beating RGS Guildford and Reeds School. With winning positions based on time and not “first past the post”, this put James Cook 1st, Murray Hampshire 2nd and Charlotte Corbett 4th. Well done to all the participants. The School look's forward to future regattas in the Spring and Summer Terms.
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