For the third consecutive year of racing, Embley’s Sailing Team has triumphed in the Round the Island Race. The crew on Embley, the school’s 37-foot deep-sea race yacht, won the ISCRS Class Raymarine Young Sailor of the Year Award for the second year running and came second in their division (ISCRS 7A). Meanwhile the crew on Embley’s King George, one of the school’s Etchells 22s, came third in the IRC Class Raymarine Young Sailor Trophy.
Amongst a fleet of over 1,200 boats, racing for over eight hours on everything from flat calm to 25 knot gusts, with fog and sun, the race had its dramas. After an amazing start and having led from the beginning Embley became hooked up, mid-race, on a submerged fishing pot for ten minutes. Then, 50 meters from the finish line and in first place for its division, a large spectator yacht cut across the fleet and Embley had to crash tack, losing two minutes. This stole Embley’s lead, and the Stewart came in two seconds behind the division winner.
Both teams were outstanding, with Embley beating previous Fastnet winners and Embley’s King George coming ahead of previous Fastnet competitors. The drive, determination, resilience and teamwork of every crew member really paid off. Congratulations to both crews for their fantastic achievements:
Embley: Jack H (skipper), Edward and Charlie (all Year 12), Olivia and Paddy (Year 11) and Dessie (Year 8)
Embley King George: Emily (skipper) and Eloise (Year 9) and Amelie (Year 8)
A special mention to Max and Ben M-W (Year 10) who played an integral part in race preparations but were unable to sail on the day.
Round the Island prizes will be awarded in Cowes on 7 August. Parents are welcome to attend and show their support at the prize-giving ceremony. Please contact Mr Churchill for further details.