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Daisy selected for TEAM GB

posted Oct 16, 2017, 12:04 PM by S Meanley   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 11:30 PM ]

Daisy selected for TEAM GB

As some of you may be aware there is a group of amazing young people (and absolutely brilliant exhausted parents) who after starting to sail their little Optimist class boats on a Wednesday night at Dabchicks thought it might be nice to go and visit some neighbouring sailing clubs. The least daunting and nearest is The Blackwater sailing club in Heybridge Basin. This is a great place to start as Blackwater host a starter event for beginners in Port and Starboard fleets for the Dabchicks.

All the parents go along and volunteer their time to help these events run smoothly and it’s a great way to make friends, when everyone camps overnight firm friendships form and each weekend no matter where in the country you are there will always be a friendly face.

Daisy Weston, Gabby Clifton, Theo Clifton, Alex Canham, Maddie Allen, and Charlie Allen, from Dabchicks (all ex Mersea School pupils) have worked hard attending events every weekend all over the UK for the past few years, earning themselves invitations to join the Intermediate Squad, Development Squad and Zone Squad.

Gabby and Daisy have had an amazing year Gabby making it into Development squad and Daisy into the Intermediate squad having both represented their country travelling to Ireland and Holland earlier in the season and then changing their Opis to Fevas, sailing together for Cadet week with the Outside fleet and winning not only their class but also overall best score for the week. 

Only last week Mersea sailor Daisy was selected to join the National Squad as one of the top eight girls in the UK and will be expected to attend events all over the world representing the Optimist class for TEAM GB. Gabby was selected for INtermediate squad with Theo Clifton Being chosen for Development squad.

All of these children have worked extremely hard and are driven to succeed. They couldn’t have started this journey without the support of their parents. A great deal of thanks must go to ALL of the fantastic adults that have helped Daisy along her pathway, Dabchicks members, Yacht Club members, The Royal Hospital School (RHS), parents, and coaches including Georgia Grice, David LeBrouch, Hamish Eckstien and most importantly the support of friends and family who have helped when her parents have been ill or transport has let them down.

There is a great team in the East Region (Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge) and when the children get together they are amazing. They actively support each other off the water and work hard when they are on the water. East Region are now the strongest area in the UK with up and coming young sailors, with the highest percentage coming from our little island. If you would like to come along with your son/ daughter to one of these open events please join our facebook page East Optimists where details of events and training are posted together with a link to lots of very good quality second-hand kit. For more information about squads, selection events and a whole lot more please see the IOCA (International Optimist Class Association) website