Find out more about the achievements of some of our students.
COMPETITION is plain sailing for Ellie Rush – literally – for the Year 9 sailor competed in her very first international sailing tournament this summer.
Thirteen-year-old Ellie is only in her third season of sailing, but has already been successful in national competition, having come third in the National Mirror Championship in 2016.
And in July, she travelled to Medemblik, in Holland to take part in the Feva World Championships in Holland, a 6-day event, in which she acted as crew on a double handed vessel, the Feva.
Said Ellie: “Sailing is great fun. It’s a sport where you can have fun and do competitions, and because so many people do it you can make lots of friends.”
Ellie, who mainly sails Toppers – single handed boats with a mast , boom and sail - trains at Staunton Harold throughout the winter and as she is now in the EMA squad, she receives coaching from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) professionals.
During the season the teenager spends most of the weekend training on the water, with competitions seeing her spend up to five hours on the water all in one go.
But clearly sailing is in the blood as Ellie’s dad, now a coach for the National Junior Squad for Fevas, has himself won World Championship, three European championship and what Ellie describes as “quite a few” national championship titles.
Ellie says she now has plans to compete in next season’s Topper Nationals, with the ultimate aim of sailing professionally in the future. We will all watch her sporting career with interest.