At the weekend, a last minute request from CCF HQ, to see if City of London schools could muster a team to race in the ASTO Small Ships Race, resulted in a team of three boys from CLS and Isabel (Year 11) competing in the event held at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
The race is youth orientated, with cadets completing all the tasks, including navigating, tactics, helming and trimming. Although the up-wind leg was rather slow due to light winds, at the wind mark our main sail halyard snapped. This meant we had to round the mark under Genoa alone. Instead of retiring due to rig failure, the cadets decided to race on. Under Spinnaker and Genoa and without a mainsail, we managed third in class. An outstanding result under the conditions.
The photograph shows us on the downwind leg just in from of Dame Ellen McCarthur's Cancer Trust yacht. It was Isabel's proposal to sail the yacht downwind, goose-winging the Genoa and Spinnaker (an unusual combination) which kept the team in the race. Well done to all concerned.
Mr McDonald, DT Teacher & DofE Co-ordinator