Norwich School sailing team are hoping to raise £2,000 to help contribute towards their participation at the RS Feva World Championships being held in Italy, July 2019. The sailing team are hoping to raise the funds by attempting to set a record for 'the number of inland miles sailed in 12 hours'.
Their plan is to launch several Norfolk Punts at Beccles and sail north to Barton Broad, the birthplace of this historic boat. Norwich School pupils will act as crew on these exquisite sailing boats. The distance is 46 miles, so if the tide, wind and weather conditions are favourable, they aim to complete this south to north traverse of the East Anglian waterways within 12 hours.
Mr Bedford-Payne said 'The money we raise will be spent on new spinnakers with the school colours and logo on them, and new jibs & mainsails. We believe that this will set a record whatever happens!'
The record attempt will take place on either the 27th or 28th of April, tbc. Spectators are very welcome, a map will be provided and a projected time scale, subject to the strength of the wind. Mr Bedford-Payne said 'so best to bring a picnic & a Thermos flask!'
The crowdfunding page can be found here.
In other news from the U16 sailing team:
Norwich School Under 16 sailing team won the prestigious BSDRA (British Schools Dinghy Racing Association) Team Racing National Championships that were held at Rutland Water, last July.
'They sailed majestically and were the run-away victors, having beaten off (metaphorically of course) all-comers. Day two of the 2 day event was eventually abandoned due to high winds, but our team had by then displayed their advanced skills by avoiding capsize and by continuing to handle their boats with significant aplomb during the competitive team racing.'
Pictured below with trophy recently engraved.