Late Summer Champs at Derwent

Well I now certainly appreciate how lucky we are to live in the South when it comes to going to events - after having battled with traffic all the way around the M25, up the M1 and continuing up the A1 - I now have a new found respect for the Northern clubs with what they have to do to get to events. But boy what a wonderful, picturesque venue it was when we got there! Unfortunately the first day was a case of waiting for the wind that never appeared although the kids certainly had a great time off the water sliding down a greasy slope with the aid of much soap and water!

Thankfully (and to the relief of yours truly who had booked the venue :)!) the wind came in for day 2 and made for some great sailing and 141 boats made it onto the water in a stunning backdrop. Jamie made his intentions known by leading the field for the first race and following this up with a 4th in the second. As the wind picked up to around 25 knots and the wind whistling in the rigging - the bigger members team started to come to the front and it was a delight to see the grin on Jesse's face as he crossed the line in his best ever position of 2nd in the 3rd race and to have Saskia follow this up with a 3rd in the last. It was also great to see Ollie and Matthew battling it out and threatening to break into the top 100 a fantastic achievement for them both. All in all the Barbarians made their mark with Saskia and Jamie finishing in the top 10 (9th and 10th) with Jamie taking the prize for first Junior boy. They were closely followed by Jesse in 17th and Thicome in 23rd and then Freddie and Charlie next in order with 52nd and 69th with Charlie taking home the first U11 trophy. The upshot of this is that in the overall rankings - Jamie and Thicome are well placed for the National Squad currently ranked at 8th and 9th and Jesse, Saskia and Freddie currently well positioned for the Intermediate Squad ranked 40th, 42nd and 48th respectively.

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