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13-year-old Truro High sailor selected to compete with British Youth Sailing South West Zone Squad

It’s been plain sailing for 13-year-old Truro High student Rose who has been honoured with selection for the British Youth Sailing South West Zone Squad.

Only 16 out of the region’s top young male and female sailors represent the South West out on the water as part this team. Rose is one of only 3 Cornish students to make the cut.

The young sailor impressed British sailing coaches, Tim Cross and James Dowrick, with her performance at the RS Feva Winter National Championships this November leading to them offering her a try-out for the regional squad.

The championships involved six races over two days with each race taking up to an hour to complete. A real test of physical and mental endurance, this gruelling schedule resulted in Rose spending up to five hours out on the water at a time in strong winds.    

The championships were Rose’s first national level competition.

In spite of the stormy weather, Rose took part in a two day try-out for the squad this weekend and was delighted to receive the news that she had claimed one of the sought-after spots on the squad.

She joins her brother Henry who was selected last year.

Rose will now attend training sessions with world-class coaches as she prepares to compete at the 2019 Youth Sailing World Championships in Italy next summer.

Rose said: “I’m so excited. It’s going to help me get even better at sailing. My dream is to compete at the Olympics and being selected means I’m now one step closer to making that happen.”

Joining the squad is the first step on the Royal Yachting Association’s Olympic Pathway. The RYA pathway is renowned as one of the world’s most extensive racing and race training programmes for sailors under 16 preparing them to represent the sport and their country at the highest levels.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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