David Copp, Commodore of Waldringfield Sailing Club, spoke of the club’s pride as 7 of its young sailors qualified to represent Great Britain in the forthcoming 49th Cadet World Championships to be sailed on Lake Garda, Italy from the 31st July 2015 – 7th August 2015.
Cadet dinghies have been sailed and raced at Waldringfield since 1956, in which time literally hundreds of young people have learnt to sail and race. The club has a long tradition of its sailors representing Great Britain at the Cadet World Championships, and this year, out of the 7 boat team, 3 boats from the club have qualified, together with a crew in one of the other boats. The team was selected after an 18 race selection series held at 3 different venues, Rutland Water, Brightlingsea and The Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy (home of GBR Olympic sailing), and now embark upon a rigorous training schedule which includes further visits to Weymouth, an international regatta in Belgium and an open meeting at Waldringfield. At Lake Garda the crews will be competing against teams from Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Belarus and the Czech Republic.
In addition, 8 other boats from Waldringfield are travelling to take part in the promotional regatta which runs alongside, giving the sailors the opportunity to experience a World Championship regatta in one of the most famous and awe inspiring locations in Europe.
Pictured (from left to right) are Hazel Whittle (crew), Archie Penn (helm), Hamish Collingridge (crew), Daisy Collingridge (helm), David Copp (Club Commodore), Ed Harris (helm), Anna Wootton (crew) and Cara Bland (crew).
Their progress can be followed on the Cadet World Championship website.