The Thomas Hardye School

Dorset Secondary Schools Regatta 2018

Regatta Team


It was always going to be difficult to retain the title of Dorset Schools Sailing Regatta Champions, however the combined Dorchester schools team took up the challenge with enthusiasm in Poole Park. Dorchester schools eventually achieved fourth place overall with some fantastic individual performances. Eleven schools participated this year, first place was awarded to Lychett Minster, second Poole Grammar and third Parkstone Grammar.

The Dorchester schools’ team included members of Castle Cove Sailing Club and sailors from the Andrew Simpson Centre. Ben Richardson came 4th in the Grand Final. Abi Richards from Dorchester Middle School also made it through to the Grand Final, a fantastic achievement as she was sailing ‘up a year’, Abi is in Year 6 yet beat 80% of the participants in Year’s 7, 8, 9 and 10 to get through to the Grand Final. Ben Adler from St Osmund’s came first in the ‘Petit Final’, Jamie Richards from Dorchester Middle School came third in the 3rd Final and Isabel Assirati from St Marys Puddletown came first in the 4th Final. As usual the event was great fun and very efficiently run by Rockley Watersports.

Dorchester schools’ team members were Ben Adler (SO), Tia Adler (THS), Alex Assirati (SMP), Isabel Assirati (SMP), George Fellows (THS), Alfie Ricardo (THS), Abi Richards (DMS), Jamie Richards (DMS), Ben Richardson (THS), Millie Thompson (THS), Elliot Twigg (THS) and Henry White (THS).

Immediately after the Regatta five of the team members then headed to the Midlands to participate in the Topper National Series. This involved 2 days of racing in conditions ranging from 10 to 25 knot winds. In the main fleet Ben Richardson (THS) came 25th overall after 8 races and against 163 other competitors, Ben Adler (SOM) 77th  and 4th for his age and Alex Assirati (SMP) at his first ever national event came 105th.

In the smaller 4.2 Topper event (4.2 indicates a smaller sail size – normal sail size is 5.3m2)  Isabel Assirati (SMP) came 17th and her sister Camilla Assirati (SMP) came  23rd out of 25, for both this was their first National event.





June 2018