King’s Sailor Caitlin Selected for RYA Youth Squad

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King’s College pupil Caitlin Webster has continued to enjoy considerable success in the sailing world, where her excellent efforts over the last few months have resulted in selection to the RYA UK Youth Squad.

The 16-year-old, who hails from Bridgwater, has been sailing for eight years as part of the RYA Zone Squad, RYA Junior Squad and now the RYA Youth Squad – a notable achievement at such a young age.

Caitlin’s selection for the RYA Youth Squad was a direct result of her recent competitions and fitness profiling. Her success is all the more remarkable due to a change in sailing partners at the end of last year.

In her most recent regattas, Caitlinsailor has had to contend with a range of setbacks, but on each occasion has shown real grit, achieving a good finishing position.

Her first major event this year was the 4th Grand Prix, a two day regatta at Hayling Island. On the opening day, the King’s pupil finished in the top half of the fleet, before finishing one point short of third place on the Sunday.

Meanwhile, over the Easter weekend, Caitlin and her partner Dani X headed for Largs in Scotland for the RYA Youth National Championships.Here she experienced extreme weather conditions, including 40 knot gusting winds, snow, and a wind chill factor of -5. She was also unfortunate enough to injure her back and dislocate her knee, on top of which she is still working hard for her forthcoming GCSE examinations.Despite these obstacles, at the end of the five days, Caitlin finished in 15th position.

The King’s College pupil said: “We managed to finish 15th overall and fourth girl at the event, which we were ecstatic about because it actually meant that we were second qualifying youth girls and first reserve for the ISAF Worlds event in Texas.”

She added: “This also means that because we have done well and qualified high up in the ranking, we have been offered our place on the RYA UK Youth Sailing team!”

Caitlin is already in training for competitions in Torquay, Hayling Island, Helsinki and Lake Garda during a busy summer ahead. We wish her fair winds and every success.

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