Andy Cornah, Sevenoaks School's Head of Sailing, was a member of the winning team at the ISAF Team Racing World Championships on Saturday 3 September.
The Sevenoaks School team also did really well, coming 4th in the U19 competition.
The ISAF Team Racing World Championships take place every two years and this time around were held in the picturesque setting of Schull on the south-west coast of Ireland. Twenty teams from all over the world competed over four days of competition in an U19 category and an open category.
The Sevenoaks first team from 2011 were representing GBR in the Youth section as GBR 2. They had an excellent event, never ranked outside the top four, which is where they eventually finished, narrowly missing out on a medal (the gold was taken by GBR1 with Ireland 2nd and Spain 4th). For a school team even qualifying for the competition was a fantastic achievement and the team were by no means out of their depth.
In the open competition Sevenoaks School’s Head of Sailing Andy Cornah was representing GBR in the GBR1 team. Britain hasn't won the competition since 1995 but the team, which also included two Old Sennockians, hit top form and went through to the semi-finals as the top ranked team. Both USA 1 and GBR 1 comfortably came through their semi-finals to set up the final everyone wanted, USA v GBR. The Brits sailed a dominant final to take the world title with a 3-1 victory.
1st GBR 1
2nd USA 1
3rd USA 2
1st GBR 1
2nd Irl 3
3rd Spn 1
4th GBR 2 (Sevenoaks)
Sevenoaks were represented by Laurence Gibbons, Emily McEachern, Henry Forward, Victoria Moynes, Nick Ashton and Harrison Hodgkins
Further details: event website reports and photos
Wednesday 7 September 2011
by Charlotte Hails