On Sunday, a contingent of eight sailors travelled to Maidenhead Sailing Club for the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association's Thames Valley Area Regatta. Upon arrival, the Clifton team were greeted by a storm force, extremely gusty winds and knew they were in for an challenging day of sailing.
Our first race of the day was against Sherborne. Clifton were slow to adapt to the conditions and never found their full speed, resulting in a frustrating loss against the local rivals. Not to be dismayed, Clifton started to find their form and swiftly won their next two races. First against Ardingly College and then against a strong Uppingham team.
At midday, racing was temporarily called to a halt due to the wind picking up to dangerous levels, with many competitors capsizing during racing. It was at this point that Clifton regathered and prepared to strike out and boost their position in the overall standing. Once racing resumed, Clifton beat Milton Abbey School convincingly, before an extremely close race against Claires Court. In this race, conditions were so challenging that only four out of the six boats crossed the finish line, results in the race being drawn on points, with Clifton winning on a rarely used tie brake rule.
At this point, the regatta once again came to a halt due to the wind and the decision was made for racing to stop. This left Clifton on four wins from five races and in an impressive 3rd out 15 teams. This is the best result for a Clifton at a BSDRA team racing event for many years, so well done all!