A pair of Preparatory School sailing sensations produced a phenomenal effort at an international competition recently.
Fflur Pierce and Freddie MacLaverty, Year 6 pupils at Rydal Penrhos, competed against some of the best young sailors on the planet at the RS Tera World Championships, which were held at the RS Games, Portland and Weymouth earlier this month.
The duo both secured their place in the Tera Sport Gold Fleet after a standout opening two days on the water, with Freddie managing to secure a 13th placed finish and the first Welsh boat home overall.
The ten-year-old even recorded a championship victory in race five, which was contested in very blustery conditions, further enhancing his reputation as one of the most talented young sailors anywhere in the country.
There was further cause for celebration as Fflur recorded a very creditable 19th place in the same category and was the third girl overall in recognition of her outstanding efforts on the water against vastly older and more experienced opposition.
This will give the ambitious pupils plenty of confidence as they continue their development with Rydal Penrhos’ dedicated sailing programme over the winter months, which recently received accreditation from the Royal Yachting Association and is led by head coach Max Todd.
Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “This was a remarkable effort from Freddie and Fflur, who have proven time-and-time again that they belong with elite company at youth level.
“Their progression under the guidance of our dedicated coaching team here at Rydal Penrhos has been a source of great pride for everyone involved, and if they continue to show the same sort of application then the sky is the limit in terms of what they can achieve in the future.”