Despite the strong winds, it was smooth sailing for the Winchester team as they raced to victory at the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association (BSDRA) Southern Area Championships. The event, held on 4th May at the Spinnaker Sailing Club, was organised by Winchester College and welcomed 13 teams from 10 schools, including Eton, MCS, RGS, Clifton, Cranleigh, Seaford, Ryde, Tonbridge, and Claire’s Court.
The weather was perfect, with sunshine and squally winds hitting 25 mph at times. In a day of non-stop racing, each team had 12 races in the round-robin, at the end of which MCS were unbeaten and Winchester and RGS were tied second with just one loss. Competition for the top prize was fierce.
The team captain, Foster, reflected on the tense final stages which led to their overall victory:
“The Southern team-racing regional championships brought out some of our best team performances to date – after proceeding through the round-robin stage with only one loss, we sailed through to the semi-finals as second seed. Two consecutive race wins then put us into the finals against MCS, which went the distance as we took one race each. The decider started off poorly for us, but our non-stop determination and desire to win presented us with a comeback on the last two legs of the race, where we managed to clinch the Championship with a convincing 1, 2, 3 finish. Thanks to MCS for a great final.”
18th May 2020
The traditional programme of inter-school sporting fixtures has been a feature of life at Winchester for more than 150 years. With no opportunity during lockdown to face familiar opponents, Mark Burley, Director of Sport provides an insight into the history of sport in public schools, as well as the role that Winchester has played in making it such a prominent part of school life.
16th May 2020
According to his Div don, "more people have climbed Everest" and the final stages of an endurance event, such as this, will be the toughest, but sixth form pupil Freddie remains unfazed and focused on raising money for a charity close to his heart.
10th March 2020
Following XVs last month, the two captains reflect on their journeys from First Year boys trying to understand 'Winkies', through to the honour of leading their teams out for the biggest game of the year.
29th November 2019
Looking at the experience of one of our judo stars, Dr Cullerne explains the huge benefits to both pupils and the school community of welcoming new, bright, motivated pupils to our Sixth Form.
25th October 2019
Running the steeplechase is a significant rite of passage at Winchester. Winner of this year's Senior Steeplechase tells us about his experience of running and the history of the event.
11th June 2019
On Saturday 8th June, Daryl Selby visited Winchester College to play against pupils and to say a formal farewell to the existing squash courts before the school's new Sports Centre is built.