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An update from the OR Sailing Team

Although the team can't physically get out on the water this year, OR sailors are still managing to train through 'virtual' sailing events online.

An update from Sophia Cheung (No.1, 1991-95) on the Roedean Sailing Team.

Facebook reminded me on Thursday 15th October 2020 that exactly a year ago I was taking part in the Arrow Regatta for the first time, and boy oh boy, what fun we had! Needless to say, this year has been a little different. We had hoped to continue the great momentum we had by entering a number of regattas this year but one after one they were all cancelled. Still, in true Roedean spirit, we are not to be defeated. Last month, we successfully launched our first online 'virtual' sailing on Zoom and it turned out to be a great success. The session was meticulously planned and delivered by Mason King at Taking the Helm, a seasoned and experience racing coach. In the first session, through group discussions and video demonstration, we covered topics like team mindset, how to sail the boat fast and optimal sail trim. It was very informative and useful in bringing us all to the same level using common vocabulary as we are such a mix ability crew.
 
We have planned a couple more of these training sessions, one on the 9th November and another on the 2nd December. They will both be delivered in the evening, online via Zoom, so it is very possible to sit back in the warmth and comfort of your home with a glass of wine in hand and still get some superb training to get our minds in gear for, hopefully, a more eventful sailing season next year.
Are you intrigued, or maybe even a little tempted to join in?
 
Thanks to the support of our anonymous OR donor, these training sessions will be free of charge to all Roedean sailors. We already have 10 people signed up to the next two sessions, and we certainly have room to take on a few more so if you are at all interested in sailing, racing or just connecting with us, please drop me an email at roedean.alumni.sailing@gmail.com
 
Lastly, we are always looking out for new crew, so please pass on our details to any ORs that may be interested. We would also love to hear more from our recent school leavers who may want to get into sailing or racing. 

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