Jon Holt, Head of Sixth Form and Outdoor Education Lead at the academy, and YJA International Sailor of the Decade, takes up the story:
The entry from the Scaramouche Team is an Intro 22 called Riot. This 1980s mini tonner has been worked on and upgraded continuously by its young crew - consisting of Jaydon (skipper), Kai (helm), Tyler (bow) and Christopher-Joel (cockpit).
The crew have had a varied sailing experience for their young ages. All of them completed the Fastnet in 2019 and they race on 420s and Lasers in Lymington when not big boat sailing. Riot is very much 'their' project. It opens the opportunity for them to learn and apply IRC rating rules to their sailing which we think is an important skill to have when they race when they are older.
Riot is featured in Yachting Monthly which shows the amazing help they have had from many different sectors of the sailing industry. They have filled and fared the hull, replaced all of the systems on board, added a bow sprit and now have 10 sails to choose from on their one boat. If you ever hear heated discussions between them it will more than likely be a debate over sail choice!
The crew have already competed in the two JOG races this year and are very excited about the Warsash Spring series, with the opportunity to race against so many well established yachtsmen and women. They have competed in and around the Hamble area, having taken part in the Royal Southern YC races last summer so they know how amazing the Warsash Sailing Club is.
You can find out more about inclusivity in sailing in this webinar, hosted by Mark Jardine from Yachts and Yachting, where Hannah Cockle, the RYA OnBoard Operations Officer, Jon and Riot’s crew tell us about how the Scaramouche Sailing Trust has worked and more about the RYA Onboard scheme.
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