High-flying Comets aim for more wins

Carsington Comets team members.
Carsington Comets team members.
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Carsington Comets will be looking for more of the same when their team of young windsurfers bid to make it back-to-back event wins at the second round of the 2011 RYA Team15 Midlands Challenge Series this Saturday (June 18).

The Comets, who were toppled from their long-term perch as the dominant force on the Midlands Team15 scene last year, went some way to gaining revenge on their 2010 adversaries, Northampton-based Pitsford Pirates, when they wrapped up a comfortable victory in the opening round of the regional Challenge Series last month.

Outstanding winning performances from Harry Millward on the 3.5m2 board and Sophie Lazenby in the 4.5m2 class – winning all but one of her five races – helped Carsington take a big step forward in tempering the Pirates’ threat.

But it was the supporting performances from Jacob Palmer (3.5m2), ‘Mr Consistent’ Elliot Keen in the 4.5m2 class and George Marshall (6.8m2), who all picked up hugely valuable second places, that really sealed the deal for the Comets. Round two of the four-event series takes place at Draycote Water, near Rugby and Henry Munro, Carsington Comets’ head coach, said there is still plenty more to come from the team.

“The first event in Birmingham was very blustery so all the youngsters did really well to cope with difficult conditions and complete as many races as they did. Because the whole concept of Team15 is about fun racing for kids that are new to windsurfing, or just developing their skills, many of them won’t ever have sailed in conditions like that before but they all seemed to love it!”

Carsington Comets, based at Carsington Sports and Leisure, is part of the RYA’s nationwide network of more than 80 Team15 windsurfing clubs set up to make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters aged 15 and under.

For more information about getting involved in Team15 at Carsington Comets visit visit www.carsingtonwater.com or www.team15.org.uk.