Barton Peveril Students Qualify for Youth Sailing World Championships
Barton Peveril students Ben Harris and Alex Hamel have qualified for the Royal Yachting Association’s Nacra 15 GB Youth Squad. The students will both compete at the Nacra 15 Open World Championships in Marseille, France between 19th and 26th October.
Ben Harris and Alex Hamel qualified for the Nacra 15 Open World Championships at the National Qualifiers, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively in the Under 19 Age category. The students will compete in a fleet of 81 boats, with 17 nations represented, across the World Championship Regatta in Marseille.
The students, who both previously attended The Hamble School, have already competed abroad this year as part of the Nacra 15 European Super Series 2019. The series, for those competing in the Nacra 15 boat class, took place across five countries; Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, and in Weymouth, United Kingdom. Alex and her partner finished 7th and Ben and his partner finished 8th overall in the series.
Both Harris and Hamel now look to compete in the Youth Sailing World Championships, which take place in Brazil in December 2020.
“The best teams in the world”
Speaking on her success and plans for the future, Alex Hamel said:
“I’m hoping to qualify for the Youth Sailing World Championships in Brazil 2020. I’m incredibly pleased with my success this year, where we took part in events as part of the European Super Series and placed 7th overall.”
Ben Harris added:
“We have spent the past year training for this event, and can’t wait to race against the best teams in the world.”
Barton Peveril’s Director of Sport, Luke Hampton, praised the students on their success:
“We are looking forward to seeing how Ben and Alex get on in the competition in Marseille next week. Barton Peveril has a large number of athletes who compete at a high level and it’s always incredible to see what they achieve.”