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On Saturday 21 September, the Royal Hospital School held a Sailing and Raft-Building taster day for prospective pupils, at neighbouring Alton Water Reservoir.

Sailing Taster at the Royal Hospital School

Sailing Taster at the Royal Hospital School

The more experienced sailors went out in Toppers and RS Teras under the expert guidance of Director of Sailing, Andy Nutton. Enjoying a gentle breeze, they were taken through skills training and top tips, as well as some competitive racing. Those who were less confident, or who were trying sailing for the first time, took to the water in groups, each with their own instructor giving them a chance to try out both helming and crewing.After a morning of experiencing what it is like to be a sailor at the Royal Hospital School and a delicious barbecue lunch on the shore, the 10 and 11 year olds took part in a raft building competition. It was a battle of the sexes and clear from the start, that the girls had far superior knot tying skills than the boys! Unfortunately for the boys their raft barely survived being carried to the water’s edge while the girls’ held fast and they won the race.

The fun continued as everyone jumped off the jetty into the water to finish off a highly enjoyable day!