Ballard Sailing had yet another success recently; our crew made up of Year 9 and Year 10 girls won the prestigious Glenlee trophy at the annual UK Sail Training Association’s ‘Small Ships Race’ in Cowes, with overall line honours for the first boat to finish. They also came first in Class D; an impressive performance considering they were up against much larger boats.

Our team of girls raced with staff supervisors, Natalie Timbrell and Andy Maskell, on his Contessa 33. They were superbly supported by our Deputy Head (Academic), David Dunn, Nigel Mills, our Technology Technician, and parent, James Carter, but it was the girls who achieved the victory. It was a great pleasure to have the company and support of such a great team on-board both boats.

The girls have been training on-board during afternoon PE sessions as well as at evening races in Lymington, resulting in impressive teamwork.

Along with the girls, the rest of our Ballard Sailing team is looking forward to more success this academic year as well as learning more about navigation and seamanship over the winter with Mr Maskell.