One of our youngest and brightest sailors Henry Koe was on the water a few months ago competing in the South East Winter Open. Proud father/household bosun Digby wrote this report:
“He was competing in the south east zone winter open at island barn sailing club. There were about 28 boats mostly zone squad sailors with 8 national squad sailors.
There was very little wind to begin with but it filled in during the afternoon, allowing 3 races.
In the first race, Hennry got a good start and managed to get away from the fleet with 2 other boys. He held his position and got a brilliant 3rd.
The second race didn’t go so well. Henry got a little stuck in the melee at the start and lost places to midfleet. He was also penalised and ended up 13th. I think it may have been because I watched that one.
In the last race he didn’t have a good start, but made up places through the fleet by using the gusts well and keeping his head. With a lap to go he was 9th at the back of a group of boats but brilliantly outraced them all to get a 5th place.
I was super proud. It was difficult technical Sailing and he beat some really good sailors. Bodes well for the season, although the nationals at Weymouth next week will be a challenge in the gales!