A team of intrepid sailors returned to Sea View Yacht Club over the weekend to take on the mighty Winchester College Sailing Team. Both old and current boys took part, racing the opposition and each other in the famous Seaview Mermaids - classic wooden keelboats sailed on the Solent.
Following a very civilised joint dinner at the yacht club on Saturday, race day dawned brightly, bringing a kindly, steady breeze and a fair bit of sunshine. The morning saw two matches: ORs vs current Radleians and OWs vs current Wykhamists, both of which were won by the old boy teams. It was lovely to see a full team of Old Radleians take to the water, especially ex-Captain of Sailing, George Chilvers (j, 2011-16), who returned to the Regatta for his second year as an OR.
The afternoon brought the more hotly contended inter-school matches, which the very strong OW team won 2-0. The current boys had a much tighter match, with one race going each way. Thus tied on wins, the race officer had to award the trophy on back count, which gave the win (only just) to the Wykhamists, who had won their race by one more point than Radley. Though the disappointment was palpable, the boys are now more determined than ever to crack this regatta next year. They have not come this close to winning in a long time, which is especially impressive as four of the sailors are very new to Radley sailing: Finn McCarthy (e, R), Stamfie Collis (e, R), George Turner (f, S) and Felix Cripps (j, S). The old hands, Toby Bennett (d, 6.1), Kit Merrill (f, 6.1) and Charlie Spraggs (j, Vth) were on equally good form, which bodes well for the future. Big thanks are once again due to Harry and Bertie Barker for helping us field a full team, and to their father, Radley's sailing coach, George Barker, for getting the boys prepared and for umpiring the matches as ably as ever.
Here's to another exciting (and hopefully successful) regatta next year!