Larne Grammar School regain the Sailing Schools’ Cup

Larne Grammar School’s Sailing Team were celebrating this weekend as they regained the Sailing Schools’ Cup at the RYANI Youth Championships.

The 2020 Championships took place over the 19th/20th September at Ballyholme Yacht Club.  This year’s competition was run in a slightly different format to comply with COVID-19 restrictions, operating as two, separate, one day events with each class racing on one day only.

The Larne Grammar Sailing Team of Kelly Patterson, Matthew Liddle, Joshua Kane, Charlie Patterson, Zoe Whitford, Tom O’Neill, Luke Simpson and Freddie Doig performed impressively over the course of the weekend in each of their individual disciplines.

Racing began on Saturday 19th September with Kelly Patterson (Year 14) and Matthew Liddle (Year 12) competing in the ILCA 6 class (formerly known as Laser Radial) and finishing in 10th and 18th place respectively after 5 rounds of competition.

Kelly Patterson and Matthew Liddle – ILCA 6 Fleet

On Sunday 20th September Joshua Kane (Year 11) finished as 3rd male (5th overall) in the ILCA 4 class (formerly known as Laser 4.7).  In the Topper 4.2 class, Luke Simpson and Tom O’Neill (both Year 9) finished in 10th and 15th place respectively, and Freddie Doig (Year 8) put in an outstanding performance to claim 2nd place.

Charlie Patterson, Joshua Kane, Zoe Whitford, Freddie Doig, Tom O’Neill and Luke Simpson

The highlight of the day came in the Topper 5.3 class (Full Sail).  Charlie Patterson (Year 11) competed fiercely over 2 rounds of competition to finish as 3rd fastest male (4th overall).  However, his teammate Zoe Whitford (Year 11) was even faster, winning the fleet and also picking up individual accolades of Overall Junior Female Champion and Overall Junior Champion!  She has now been selected to represent the Irish Topper Fleet at the All Ireland Junior Helmsman Championships in Schull.  Unfortunately, this competition has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Zoe Whitford – Winner of the Topper Fleet, Overall Junior Female Champion and Overall Champion!

The combined scores of all eight members of the team culminated in Larne Grammar School being crowned as Schools’ Cup Champions for the 5th time in 7 years!   

As a school, we are extremely proud of the efforts of each member of our Sailing Team and wish to congratulate them on their combined success.

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