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SAILING: Lechlade's Williamson impresses at South West event
6:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
LECHLADE-BASED sailor Rosie Williamson competed amongst 180 Olympic hopefuls and won her class at the RYA South West Zone Championship at Olympic venue of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
Williamson, 14, who sails at Bowmoor Sailing Club in Lechlade, was competing in the Optimist class at the recent event and beat two other young Bowmoor sailors to gain first place, finishing four points ahead of Ben Gray from Stroud and five ahead of Matthew Beck from Ledbury.
The teenager was delighted with her win, saying: “It was a really good event and I really enjoyed the good winds and good competition.
“Overnight, there were three of us on joint points for first place.
“Observing the shifts made the difference, and increasing boat speed upwind.
“I’m hoping to make the Optimist European Team next summer.”
The event, split over nine venues, attracted an assortment of sailors, supporters and volunteers from clubs and training centres across Great Britain, as young competitors honed their racing skills and overall ability after venturing out onto the competitive circuit for the first time.
James Tilley, RYA event director, said: “The racing this weekend has been really close and competitive on both the dinghy and windsurf courses all the way through the fleets and it’s been great to see so many young smiling faces out on the water.
“We were lucky to have members of the British Sailing Team visit the regatta on both days who spent time in the boat park giving tips and advice to the young sailors and windsurfers.”
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