Match Report
Sedbergh School Boys-U18A vs  RN CCF National Regatta
On: Friday, 08 Oct 2021
Venue: Away

ROYAL NAVY CCF NATIONAL REGATTA – SOUTHPORT – 9&10TH October 2021

Clean sweep – National champions

Sam Gunning (E) Capt – Winning Quba

Jan-Frederik Theymann (SH) & Talita Sutcliffe (C) – Winning Argo

Toby Hey (H) – 3rd placed Quba Sunday

After a gap in 2020 due to Covid – Sedbergh retained their National Honours from 2019 by winning both the Argo and Quba classes and thereby the overall team honours – Congratulations.

Saturday was a testing light wind day with racing being abandoned at lunch due to lack of wind – various rafting and paddling races ensued followed by a battle on the ten pin bowling lanes – however even in these testing conditions our Quba and Argo were in podium places at the end of 3 races. Keeping an Argo moving in light winds is difficult so Jan’s sangfroid allied to Talita’s reminders about the top batten and sitting well forward ensured consistent top level places. Meanwhile Sam was battling away with the Dollar Academy Quba sailor who were level pegging each other and streets ahead of the other Quba sailors.

All the forecasts were unanimous about decent wind on Sunday so it was disappointing to have to abandon the first race due to no wind but then the wind kicked in and we had 4 excellent races on the Sunday with the Bishop Heber team scoring an excellent set of results in the Argo but Jan & Talita’s scoreline from Saturday stood them in good stead and despite not getting a single 1st place on Sunday still were leading the fleet overall. In these stronger winds Sam’s experience took him to the front and he scored 4 bullets. Meanwhile Toby who had transferred to sailing a Quba on the Sunday for his mixed team scored a series of 3rd places – if only he had sailed a Quba on Saturday then he, too , might have come home with a trophy for 3rd place…….

After 18 months of little CCF activity and the current Covid cases in schools, it was not surprising that two schools pulled out at the last minute and that many of the sailors were a little rusty. While this year the entries were predominantly from the Midlands, North and Scotland there was great racing. Next year’s national regatta is scheduled to be at Plymouth and we hope to continue to hold on to the National trophy!!