Alleyne’s Student Is First Lady At Sailing Competition

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Sarah Norbury, 17, competed in the 420 End of Seasons Championship in Cambridgeshire on the 22nd and 23rd November. Despite little wind on the Saturday and freezing rain on Sunday, Sarah and her crew, Mari won the 1st Ladies trophy.

  “We had hoped we could do enough on Sunday to win overall but unfortunately we were slightly over the line at the start in race 5 and that meant we were ‘black flagged’ for that race. We then had to use that result as our discard which had a detrimental effect on our overall results,” said Sarah.

“On the other hand, we were pleased with winning the first ladies trophy and coming second overall.”

Over the summer, Sarah, 6th form student at Alleyne’s Academy, won a Bronze Medal at the 2014 Junior European 420 Sailing Championships in Poland.

She had, in fact, been sailing virtually the whole of the summer, starting with Keil Week in Germany at the end of term. She then moved onto Portugal for the International Sailing Federation Youth World Championships where she was 10th overall but was pleased to have achieved some top 5 results. It was a new experience, racing in an elite fleet where only one boat qualifies to represent each nation.

She also competed in the 420 World Championships and the UK National Championships where she achieved 1st British Lady Helm. It was a busy summer and she only had a couple of days at home between each event.

Winter training is now under way with the objective of qualifying for the 2015 World and Junior European Championships to be held in Japan and Bulgaria where she hopes to win more medals.