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William's design lands him and his Torquay club dinghies

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 06, 2014

WELL DONE: Winner William James with British Sailing Team sailor Chloe Martin

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WILLIAM James caught the judge's eye with his striking design for a sail and won young Torquay sailors a dinghy.

William, seven, from Torquay was crowned winner of the national RS Design a Sail competition at a packed RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, London, and clinched the top prize of his very own RS Tera dinghy.

Picked from more than 190 entries and from a short-list of five very different and spectacular finalists, William's winning design depicted the letters RS with a union flag design through the letters was declared the winner.

William, a keen sailor who was at the show with his family, was presented with his prize by Jon Partridge, sales director, and RS and British Sailing Team sailor Chloe Martin.

Not only does William claim his own new dinghy, but as an additional element to the prize package for 2014, RS will donate a further two dinghies to William's sailing club, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, so they can further establish their own RS Tera fleet and give other youngsters the opportunity to sail these dinghies.

Mr Partridge, said: "With so many fantastic entries it was really hard choosing the overall winner, but we decided on William's design as it really captured the essence of RS and where we have come from.

"RS is passionate about the sport and its longevity and this competition is a great way to engage youngsters and by introducing the club element of the competition it also helps support the club's training and racing and building the RS fleet."

The competition to design a sail was open to all youngsters aged 16 and under.

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club and Torbay Youth Sailing Trust are actively seeking more youngsters like William to take up sailing and having these extra two boats to add to the fleet will make it more accessible for local children to learn how to sail and progress to competitive sailing.

After a presentation to his school about sailing in Torbay which generated a lot of interest, it is now to be included within the curriculum there and it is hoped more schools will follow. More details can be found at www.rtyc.org

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