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Royal Hospital School Sails to Success in 2019

by Sara Stewart 11 Dec 2019 13:21 GMT
Royal Hospital School sailors with the Schools Match Racing Championship 2019 trophy © Sara Stewart

Known for its sailing prowess, Suffolk's Royal Hospital School (RHS) has recently sailed to success, winning several high-profile races this year.

In November, an RHS team took part in the School Keelboat Racing Championship alongside ten other schools at Queen Mary Sailing Club in London. The school won five of its nine races to finish overall winners.

This was followed by a trip to Weymouth to compete in the Schools Match Racing Championship against eight other school-age teams. Unfortunately, the participating schools were only able to take part in a shortened programme due to adverse weather conditions. Nevertheless, the RHS team won five of their six races and were crowned NSSA Match Racing Champions 2019.

Commenting on the school's success, RHS Head of Sailing, Ed Sibson, said: "This unprecedented success is just reward for the hard work and effort the sailors put into their training programmes, week in, week out. It has been excellent to see the team come together and use their sailing expertise to master sailing these larger keelboats as part of a team. They are quite different to sail compared with the dinghies the students are used to."