Barton Christmas Newsline

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“As I am now 18 years old, the summer season 2021 was my last sailing with the KSSA (Kent Schools Sailing Association) and it ended on a high note. The KSSA is open to all individuals between the ages of 8 and 18. from the sailing clubs and schools of Kent. They have regular training sessions and events at various sailing clubs across Kent and in their mid-summer regatta it was great to take home the honors in line during the Littlefield Memorial Race, which was open to all KSSA members as well as adults to win the regatta overall.

I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the National Schools Sailing Association (NSSA) annual regatta at the Mountbatten Center in Plymouth with the Kent team. There I reached second place in the handicap fleet. I also competed in the midweek team race event for the coveted “Mount Haes” Trophy. This year we sailed at the Laser Bahias with my friend Joe at the helm and I as a crew. Very gusty conditions, as a description of the race is an understatement, leading to several capsized throughout the fleet. but in the final, we are leading from the 1st note, which means that together we won the event. My last event with KSSA was their annual regatta hosted by the Herne Bay Sailing Club where I was presented with the colors. Coming out in style, I then won 1st Laser, 1st solo boat and 1st globally.

It has been a busy summer for me, especially after the lack of events in 2020 due to covid. A week after the NSSA Regatta I attended my first RYA Youth Championships which also took place at the Mountbatten Center in Plymouth. It was great to sail with so many other Laser sailors (ILCA7) and to finish with a respectable 13th place in the middle of the pack out of 22. There is no time to rest as a Laser and Plymouth sailor, I went straight to Weymouth for the UKLA National Championship at WPNSA where I finished 34th out of 52 after 10 races. Staying at WPNSA after the regatta, I attended the ILCA Transition Training Week where morning training was combined with afternoon mini-races. It’s always nice to learn new tips and continuously improve performance. Finally, on September 25/26 my family and I made the long trip to the Sunderland Yacht Club for the ILCA fall qualifiers. Light winds meant my highest position was 10th and I finished 12th overall.I’m really happy that I recently started working at Barton HQ to help with a variety of roles within the team. I’ll share more as I master everything! “


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