SAILING: Hollowell pair Holman and King star as Northants claim national glory

CHAMPIONS - the Northants sailing team
CHAMPIONS - the Northants sailing team

Northants claimed glory in the National School Sailing Association Single Handed Team Racing Championships at Hollowell Sailing Club at the weekend.
Two Hollowell sailors in the shape of Arran Holman and Izzy King were part of the three-strong County team, with the final member being Joe Anstee of Middle Nene.
Staging the championships was a logistical operation that was months in the planning. It involved the organisation, transportation, rigging and de-rigging of numerous crafts, and the help of more than 60 club members volunteering, plus numerous others busy working away behind the scenes to ensure the event ran smoothly. 
A total of 75 youngsters, plus team managers and support staff travelled to Hollowell from all corners of England to compete in one of the biggest under 19 years sailing events in the calendar. In total, more than 150 races were run over the two days, and nearly 400 meals were served by volunteers of the club.
In the end it boiled down to just two nail-biting races in the finals between Oxfordshire and Northants. The Northants team of Holman, King and Anstee performed better as a team than Oxford, and correctly read the wind. They quickly gained the advantage in the first race, winning convincingly. The two opposing teams were then were required to swap boats for the final race. Despite Oxford handing over two boats full of water to Northants and the umpires scrutinising Holman and Anstee for any possible fault that could result in a penalty, Northants took first, second and fifth places in the final race. This was more than sufficient for Northants to win the NSSA Single Handed Team Racing Championship to the roar of supporters on the shoreline.
Prizes were awarded to the winners and runner-ups. However, first Nicola Wilkinson, Hollowell’s Commodore, acknowledged a £3,000 grant from Daventry District Council which was used towards water safety equipment in 2011. 
Also acknowledged was Club member Derek Bunting who was recently awarded 2013 Royal Yachting Association Volunteer of the Year Award for Lifetime Commitment.
In addition, the Club acknowledged Ian Hall and his wife Joyce who will shortly be moving away from the area. 
Together, Ian and Joyce have given more than 20 years contribution to Hollowell Sailing Club.
Further details of the event can be found on the Hollowell website at http://www.hollowellsc.org.uk or from the Association at http://www.nssa.org.uk/sh-team-racing.html