The Oundle School Sailing Club has six matched Fireflies (ideal for team racing), six RS Feva XL dinghies, six 420 dinghies, a Laser, thirteen Toppers, and use of three rescue boats. This excellent set of equipment allows us to accommodate sailors with a range of abilities.
During the Summer Term we accommodate all standards of sailors from complete beginners to experienced racers and sail three times per week. The Michaelmas Term is for team squad sailors only.
We have a squad of about 12 sailors who form two teams. We concentrate on team racing training, with matches against local schools at the weekends, as well as events around the country. Over the course of the year we typically enter three regional team racing competitions (run by the BSDRA), as well as Itchenor Schools’ Week, which is a three day fleet racing event in the tidal Chichester Harbour. We also compete against Old Oundelians, and arrange an inter-house competition during the Summer Term.
On the days we are not competing, we undertake focused training at Middle Nene Sailing Club at Thrapston, theory sessions back at School, or take part in the Club racing on Saturdays.
Team racers learn the intricacies of the highly technical sport of team racing. Our decision to use Fireflies and Fevas has put us directly in line with all other major schools and universities. The Firefly is the current boat of choice for all UK and international team racing events, and this gives our sailors a good chance of making it into their university teams in the future. They also gain occasional experience in 420s, Laser 2000s, RS Varios etc whilst at away matches.