Norwich School pupils Will Pank and Seb Gotto were invited to participate in the Endeavour Trophy, a hugely prestigious sailing competition that is held on the river Crouch in Essex. Only the winners of national events in twenty-five different types of boats are eligible. The competitors therefore number Olympians and top national coaches. Will and Seb coped admirably with the gale force winds on Saturday, but their lack of weight was a big disadvantage. However they exploited the calmer winds on Sunday to post their best finish in the competition which was 4th out of a fleet of 30 boats in one of the seven races. They came 8th and 10th in the other two. Their final position of 13th is most impressive, particularly when set against the age, weight and experience of their rivals.
Joshua Means & Toby Hunt, Grace Pank & Jemima Gotto travelled to Oxford for a 2 day event: The RYA / Eric Twiname team racing national championships. Their opposition were teams from the top sailing clubs and schools in the country. The team sailed exceptionally well, displaying their advanced skills as helms and crew. They overcame challenges from the likes of Claires Court School, Elizabeth College and RGS Guildford in their six wins out of eight races. Unfortunately this was not enough to secure them a place in the semi finals, but they saved their best performance of the weekend for their last race when they produced some outstanding team racing tactics and manoeuvres to beat a much-fancied team from a national squad in the final beat up to the finish line. Congratulations to the team on a respectable 9th position out of the 24 teams.