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The OR Sailing Squad Summer 2019 Update

Article by Caroline Bowen (No.1, 1991 - 98)

The OR team sail to success! Photo Credit: Berbert Malas
The OR team sail to success! Photo Credit: Berbert Malas
Our fledgling OR sailing squad is growing in both number and speed! You will see below some fantastic updates from both on and off the water, with squad members also now attending high profile events including the Fastnet, Cowes week, Taittinger regatta and The Classic Channel Regatta.
Womens Open Keelboat Championships (WOKC)
Roedean was well represented at this year’s Dubarry Women’s Open Keelboat Championship, winning the RS21 class and finishing 3rd overall. Four Old Rodeanians competed in the RS 21 class, three in the combined RORC Rodean Team boat, Leonora Bowen (No.4, 1996 – 2001), Fleur Dilton-Hill (No.3, 1997 – 2000) and Jackie Wilson (No.1, 1995 - 2002), and one in the RORC Youth Team Anna Daniels (No.3, 2006 – 2014). Day 1 saw perfect racing conditions, with a good breeze building and plenty of sunshine. Admittedly the entire RS 21 class did get lost during race 1, but our excuse was that, in smaller boats closer to the water, we were less able to spot the marks from a distance! (Also, a key point when racing: never follow the boat in front of you!)
Our two boats ended the day in 1st and 2nd place, respectively. Plenty of intra-fleet socialising (and rosé drinking) took place at the evening’s “frocks & flipflops” party, but we were (mostly) in good form for the next day’s earlier start! With conditions being considerably windier, the key to a good placing would be careful control of the spinnakers on downwind legs, and that certainly proved to be the case, with several boats being “knocked over” in gusts of 20-knots. Great fun was had on and off the water, and we are looking forward to trying to repeat our success next year!
Royal Thames Drinks
We had some wonderful drinks with Jill Edwards (Parkinson, No.3, 1946 – 53) at Royal Thames. A big thank you to her for kindly hosting us on the glorious terrace. Jill is one of several ORs who have got really involved with the squad, and who are offering much welcomed energy and support.
Interested in taking part?
We are always looking for more sailors of all standards, with several crew using this event as a stepping stone into yacht racing, and hope that some new leavers will come and join us next season. To get involved please email: Roedean.alumni.sailing@gmail or join our FB or WhatsApp group-
We are still looking for crew for upcoming events;
  • The Arrow Trophy yacht regatta on the 11-13th of October - we currently have space for 1 more crew member.
  • Dinghy Sailing event and BBQ with the Old Pangbournian Yacht Club on Sunday 22nd of September. We can accommodate anyone who wishes to join the team.

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