Sailing at Haileybury is a popular choice for boys and girls seeking a different kind of sporting challenge. With facilities very close by, Haileybury lets pupils challenge themselves in a variety of dinghies and participate in up to five regattas a year, as well as taking part in College fixtures.
With local lakes at nearby Broxbourne and its own selection of dinghies for pupils to choose from, Haileybury caters for everyone interested in sailing, from the complete beginner to those with much greater experience and skill.
For many, the combination of balance and poise with mastering ever-changing wind and water conditions are the real attractions of the sport.
From Tacking, Reaching and Running to mastering sail control and rudder technique, sailing is a sport of constant challenge.
Its endless variety ensures that no sailing session is quite like another and guarantees that, whatever the weather, there is always something new to learn.
The Lee Valley, above which Haileybury sits, is blessed with a number of disused gravel pits which in recent times have been converted to sailing lakes.
One of these is situated at Broxbourne Water, which has been Haileybury's sailing home for quite a few years. It is perfectly located for younger sailors to learn new skills and progress.
The College originally used a fleet of 420s and Toppers but these have all now been replaced with the Bermudan rigged FireFly and the compact, easy-handling single-seat RS Q’bas.
We sail on the BSDRA circuit and attend four or five regattas a year on top of College fixtures.
Pupils enjoy ‘team’ racing which means three boats against three boats over short ‘S’ shaped courses. It’s highly tactical and great fun!
The College has had a number of successes coming through the ranks in recent years, the most salient being Old Haileyburian Rhiannon Massey who is now part of the GB Sailing set-up (in the Laser Radial class).
The Master in Charge of Sailing at Haileybury is Roger Lapidge of the College's Design Technology Department. Starting at the age of five, Roger has in excess of 50 years’ experience with good national and international results; four years ago, he gained third place in a transatlantic yacht race.
As Roger says, "One of the reasons I sailed and still do, is the sheer exhilaration when the dinghy planes in a cacophony of spray and the entire boat vibrates and hums!! This sensation cannot be experienced anywhere else."
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