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Sailing: Josh Manning achieves number one national ranking after Welsh Zone Championship triumph

Sailing: Josh Manning achieves number one national ranking after Welsh Zone Championship triumph

A gifted sailor at Rydal Penrhos has reached number one in the national rankings after a recent competition success.

Josh Manning, a Year 10 pupil at the school, achieved the feat at the RYA Welsh Zone Championship Regatta, which was held at Fishguard Bay Yacht Club last weekend.

Together with RS Feva partner and Pwllheli Sailing Club teammate Lucy Hughes, they managed to claim a notable double from the event which has propelled them to first place in the Welsh rankings after a highly consistent campaign on the water.

After a highly competitive weekend of action, Josh and Lucy emerged victorious in the General Fleet Handicap Race, with fellow pupils Eddie and Kevin Farrell finishing in a creditable sixth position.

This result also ensured they secured the Overall Fleet in what has been an exceptional season for the Welsh RS Feva squad member, who recently received a £500 grant from the Royal Yacht Association that enabled him to make significant improvements to his boat.

A number of other sailing squad members at Rydal Penrhos were also in action, with Felix Corson (15th), Llion Morris (17th), Christian Cheesley (22nd) and Zac Hay (23rd) all giving a good account of themselves in the Topper Main Fleet.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, said: “Josh has done phenomenally well over the course of the season and how shown immense promise with his sailing partner Lucy, and it is fantastic to see all their hard work rewarded with a national title.

“To be ranked number one nationally is an outstanding achievement and one that Josh can be very proud of.”

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