The Thomas Hardye School

Dorset School Games Sailing Regatta


This year Dorchester Schools Sailing team took on the responsibility of trying to hold last year’s position as Champions. Teams should consist of twelve sailors and Dorchester schools had only seven; there was clearly a great deal of work to do! This event was especially challenging as it was a secondary school event and our intrepid team members were drawn from years 6 to 9. Ben Adler (Yr6 St Osmunds) and Jamie Richards (Yr6 DMS) teamed up to sail double handed, both sailing in this secondary competition whilst being of primary school age.  They achieved an outstanding 5th place in the challenge fleet against some quite scary looking year 10s! By the time Tia Adler (Yr7 St Osmunds) and Ben Richardson (Yr8 DMS) crossed the start line for the 3rdof 5 finals there were wind gusts of well over 20 knots - Ben took 2nd place receiving a Silver Medal. George Fellows had excellent morning results in the heats which took him to the 2nd Final where by this time most of the rest of the fleet struggled to get round the course upright or make every mark as the conditions became harder.

The Grand Final was a tense affair, as many of the contenders for the medal positions shook out the reefs on their sails hoping to maximise any possible advantage; for many this pushed them beyond their limits leading to multiple capsizes to entertain those on dry land, but not for Will Adler (Yr9 THS) who took 6th position and Ollie Fellows (Yr 9 THS) who sparred for second position for the whole race and took the Grand Final Silver Medal.

The team were rewarded for their efforts, achieving 3rd position overall for Dorchester schools, out of 13 teams competing and earning themselves a bronze medal each.

The team would like to record their thanks to Dale Rhodes, School Games Coordinator and Rockley Watersports for organising such a great event.


July 2016