Westward School

ISA Sailing Regatta


On Thursday 28 September two Westward boys travelled to Queen Mother Reservoir in Berkshire, to be Westward’s first ever sailing competitors, taking part in the I.S.A National Sailing Regatta.


Both Ashwyn and Rohan were excited, but somewhat nervous. The weather was great, with light, but steady wind.


There were about 30 boats at the event and these were divided into three groups or waves. The ‘waves’ were determined by class of boat, age and racing experience. Ashwyn and Rohan were both in the 3rd wave, as they have  both raced regularly. However, this was a different league to what they were used to as they sailed on a strip on the Thames and the reservoir was enormous.


Both boys took part in four 30 minute races, which on a huge expanse of water can be quite daunting. Their fellow competitors appeared much older and more experienced, but this didn’t put the boys off. Ashwyn did particularly well, winning his wave and The Regatta Cup. Rohan put in a stirling effort and managed to finish third.


Well done to both Ashwyn and Rohan for flying Westward’s name high and being such good ambassadors for the school. We hope that they enjoyed the experience and have come away from it better sailors.


Thank you to Mr Needs for taking the boys to compete and to the I.S.A for organising the event.