The venue:Porth Saxon beach, 4 July…
The weather: Scorchio!
The occasion: HRCST’s hotly contested Interschools Regatta, where dozens of young sailors gathered to put all they’ve learned in their after-school sessions into practice.
This year’s event saw eight schools and two home education groups vying for the coveted Interschools Regatta plaque, awarded to the team collecting the most points in a series of watersports challenges. As well as completing a rigging test and a fiendish sailing quiz, the sailors took to the water in kayaks and dinghies in an attempt to beat the clock and boost their scores.
“The whole event is about working together,” said Barnaby, of Mawnan School, whose team secured a top-three finish. “I particularly enjoyed the kayaking event because it was very much about the team, especially when the paddler had to change.”
In a fitting finale, the teams presented their sea shanties to a huge audience on the slipway – many of them making humorous references to the hard-working HRCST instructors. Once the points were totted up, Trannack School came out on top.