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Cloister Time 2018

Sailing

Sailing Boats
Two boys in sailing boat
Sailing Boats

Winchester owns and races six Fireflies that we team race. Team racing is a dark art requiring exceptional sailing ability, thorough knowledge of the racing rules and, of course, very good team-work; it is often likened to chess on water.

We run two inter-house competitions, team racing and fleet racing both called Clementi Pot. In addition to this we have a senior and junior team which have regular fixtures against comparable schools in the south, including Eton, Severn Oaks, Canford and Southampton University. We compete in all major inter-schools' regional events, the schools' fleet racing event at Itchenor (now in its 60th year) and the RYA Eric Twiname National Team Racing Championships.

2017 was a wonderful year for sailing: we won the Midland Area Championships, then the Southern Area Championships, then the Thames Valley Area Championships and finally in July the BSDRA Nationals. So we are the reigning schools team racing champions.