Papercourt’s Solo travellers have notched up more successes. At the recent Inland Championships James Boyce came third; and at the Hayling Island SC open meeting Fraser Hayden came fourth.
Last month 21 Papercourt youth sailors took part in the RYA British Youth Sailing London and South-East Regional Championships. The event attracted over 130 entries in Oppies, Toppers, Fevas and Teras, and for many was an indicator for zone squads.
Papercourt sailors took five of the top ten places in the Oppie fleet; won overall in the Topper fleet; and were placed second overall in the Feva fleet.
And to top it all, Papercourt was awarded the Development Trophy for the club with the most increased number of entrants.
In July seven members went to Hayling Island for six days of racing in the 2018 Solo Nationals. James Boyce achieved a best race result of 4th and came 14th overall, and Fraser Hayden came 29th overall. Not bad out of a total of 103 sailors!
Not to be outdone, at the beginning of August six Papercourt sailors took part in the first week of the RS Games in Weymouth. An incredible 206 Aeros and 150 Teras competed in the 2018 Aero and Tera World Championships. In the Aero 5 fleet Mark Carleton and Kate Wharmby came 18th and 38th overall respectively; James Witts came 21st overall in the Aero 7 Gold fleet and Neil Wharmby came 15th overall in the Silver fleet; and Tom Wharmby came 47th overall in the Tera Pro fleet and James Carleton (junior) came 6th in the Tera Sport Silver fleet.
And then 14 young Papercourt sailors went to the 71st UK Optimist Nationals at Pwllheli, where a whopping 385 boats were split over four fleets. Best Papercourt performances of the week were 8th overall in the Main Fleet – Junior Gold and first in the Regatta Racing Fleet. In addition one Papercourt sailor was selected for the late summer IOCA training camp.
Papercourt has long been recognised by the RYA as a Champion Club. That scheme has recently been replaced by a new scheme – British Youth Sailing Recognised Club – to promote excellence in developing the sailing stars of the future. Papercourt is one of the first 15 sailing clubs in the country to which the RYA has awarded the new status of British Youth Sailing Recognised Club.
On 15 June the Mayor of Guildford cut the ribbon and launched the Papercourt Sailability wheelyboat. The wheelyboat will enable up to four wheelchair bound sailors to get on the boat, sail around the lake and get off again, all without leaving their wheelchair. Thanks are due to the Wheelyboat Trust and RYA Sailability, and to the many donors, including the Surrey Community Foundation, the Joan Braithwhaite Trust, the Borrows Fund, Surrey Sports Fund and the Hamilton Fund, who made it possible. See the photos here.