TAKING TO THE WATER - SAILING REVIEW

TAKING TO THE WATER - SAILING REVIEW

Wey Valley students have been taking to the water in a big way this year with two groups attending the Andrew Simpson sailing centre every Tuesday, gaining Royal Yachting Association qualifications up to level 4.

In competitions Alexandra Stephenson, Sam Anstey, James Robb , Lucy Bayliss , Jemimah Hunter and Zoe Allan  represented the school at the Sainsbury's School games and Ale and Emma  Stephenson , Sam Avant and Finlay Hutt enjoyed taking part in this year's record breaking Bart's Bash

Wey Valley entered the largest team with 18 pupils taking part in the Sainsbury’s Windsurfing finals, just losing the Dorset Schools Champions title by one point.

Keen windsurfers now regularly attend the Team 15 and The Will Mackaness Trust race nights where the pupils hone their skills and meet people from other schools

Windsurfing has proved popular with the year 7 and 8 pupils who were able to benefit from the support of the Will Mackaness Trust and the Sail for a Fiver scheme during their PE lessons in the summer term.

One of the pre -requisites of sailing and windsurfing is being able to swim 25 metres and in the last year the school has organised lessons at Weymouth Swimming Pool, thanks to the financial support of The Will Mackaness Trust.

Weymouth Gig Boat Club has also launched the Learn to Row initiative and a group of Year  girls ,Lucy Fennell, Megan Dean, ,Estelle Dodds, Katie Thomas, Rebecca Chivers, ,Alexandra Woodward and Alexandra Stephenson, did  six weeks of training before taking the title of Under 14s Ladies Gig Boat Champions in the Dorset Schools Gig Boat Championship in July.