Despite the strong winds, it was smooth sailing for the Winchester team as they raced to victory at the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association (BSDRA) Southern Area Championships. The event, held on 4th May at the Spinnaker Sailing Club, was organised by Winchester College and welcomed 13 teams from 10 schools, including Eton, MCS, RGS, Clifton, Cranleigh, Seaford, Ryde, Tonbridge, and Claire’s Court.
The weather was perfect, with sunshine and squally winds hitting 25 mph at times. In a day of non-stop racing, each team had 12 races in the round-robin, at the end of which MCS were unbeaten and Winchester and RGS were tied second with just one loss. Competition for the top prize was fierce.
The team captain, Foster, reflected on the tense final stages which led to their overall victory:
“The Southern team-racing regional championships brought out some of our best team performances to date – after proceeding through the round-robin stage with only one loss, we sailed through to the semi-finals as second seed. Two consecutive race wins then put us into the finals against MCS, which went the distance as we took one race each. The decider started off poorly for us, but our non-stop determination and desire to win presented us with a comeback on the last two legs of the race, where we managed to clinch the Championship with a convincing 1, 2, 3 finish. Thanks to MCS for a great final.”
25th October 2019
Running the steeplechase is a significant rite of passage at Winchester. Winner of this year's Senior Steeplechase tells us about his experience of running and the history of the event.
11th June 2019
On Saturday 8th June, Daryl Selby visited Winchester College to play against pupils and to say a formal farewell to the existing squash courts before the school's new Sports Centre is built.
10th June 2019
Graffiti artist celebrates a new phase in the school's sporting history.
10th June 2019
Work has begun on the Southern Campus Development project, which will see the transformation of the existing PE Centre in to a state-of-the-art Sports Centre.
23rd May 2019
The seventh prep schools U12 cricket tournament, hosted by Winchester College, saw victory for The Pilgrims' School.
9th May 2019
Winchester College's golf team took part in the Independent Schools Golf Association National Finals over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Following on from the team's success, the school's golf bursary recipient, Oliver writes about a life driven by golf.