KSSA Promoting Youth Sailing in Kent

It gives us huge pleasure to let you know that for the third year running, our Kent sailors have won the overall county prize at the NSSA annual regatta.

After an exciting week sailing in very varied conditions, through confusing tides and across significant distances (especially for the radial and 4.7 fleet!) a strong and united team delivered our top counted spread of firsts, seconds and thirds for the overall win. In particular;

In addition it was wonderful to receive the NSSA prize for sportsmanship awarded to Connie Hill for her gracious conduct on the water. Highest placed female helm went to Imogen Cage-White with the singlehanded trophy (toppers) won by Pierce Seward with Heather Denbigh and Alex Head second and third respectively. The Kent Endeavour Cup was awarded to Zoe Breare who showed real courage and tenacity following a nasty on water incident and capsize.

We also applied for and were awarded funded opportunities via the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation; a training course at Weymouth for Tara Head and a high performance catamaran experience with Olympic and Volvo Ocean Race champion, Annie Lush for Imogen Cage White.

Our team captain this year was Toby Freeland who showed great support and consideration for the team; from his morning briefs to attentive 'one to one’ coaching and encouragement for younger sailors. He will be missed from regular KSSA sailing but most welcome as a future coach and contributor!

Lastly we wish to sincerely thank all the parents, guardians and supporters of the KSSA who once again made this event so rewarding. It was truly heart-warming to be involved with the strong support given by our team to our young sailors and the wider event from the tally tent, race management, beach front, safety, camping and boat repairs. 

We look forward to seeing you all in September! Your team managers, Mark, Tim and Sam.