Royal Hospital School Sailing to Victory

By School House

2 years ago

The Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Holbrook, Ipswich, is celebrating after its sailing pupils dominated the podium at the RYA Youth National Championships, held in Pwllheli, Wales.

Sebastian, Nicole and Thommie

Year 12 student, Sebastian Kempe who is the current World Youth Sailing Champion, came first in the ILCA6 class, followed by Thommie Grit. Third place went to Will Pank who left the school last year. Nicole Stovell, who joined RHS in January from Bermuda, came first in the ILCA 6 female class.

Sebastian and Nicole, both from Bermuda, will now go on to represent their country at the Youth Sailing World Championships in the Netherlands this summer, with Thommie representing Great Britain.

Ed Sibson, Director of Sailing at RHS said: ‘It is wonderful to see the outstanding level of sailing ability in our current cohort of pupils across the whole school. To see three of our pupils take their well-deserved place on the podium was a real honour. These pupils work incredibly hard to combine their academic work with their sail training and we all look forward to following their progress in the World Championships this summer.’

Nicole Stovell, RHS student and ILCA 6 female class winner, said: ‘It went really well for me; my competitors were very focussed so at times it was really challenging. I had to stay very consistent, consolidate and work really hard to keep ahead. It was my consistency of being in the top five that secured me the win. It also helped me relax in the last couple of races when I knew I had a strong lead; I tried my best, had fun and kept the gap I needed to place first.’

See RHS’ online listing here.