Henley’s Heath puts in impressive display at worlds
HENLEY sailor Henry Heath and his team mate James Dickinson competed for Great Britain at the Mirror World Championships in
HENLEY sailor Henry Heath and his team mate James Dickinson competed for Great Britain at the Mirror World Championships in South Africa where they both gained impressive results.
Year 10 Heath, a pupil at Sonning’s Reading Blue Coat School, said: “I was very proud to represent my country. It was a real honour and it gave me a great feeling.”
The two 14-year-olds met several years ago at the Itchenor Sailing Club on Chichester Harbour and have been sailing together as a team for the past year-and-a-half.
They qualified to sail for Britain after their success at the Navigators and General Mirror European Championships last summer, when they finished first Junior boat and third overall.
Both the African and World Championships took place on the Theewater Dam in the heart of the Cape wine and fruit growing region of South Africa.
With Cape sunshine and plenty of wind, the conditions were perfect for the gathering of 60 boats from the Mirror fleets of the UK, Australia, South Africa, Japan and France.
The wind blew hard for the first two days of the African championships and the duo picked up first, second and fourth places. Lack of wind caused the last day to be cut short with the pair finishing the regatta fourth overall and second in the U16 boat category.
Two days later at the World Championships the first day had to be cancelled due to strong winds. The remaining days followed a pattern of light airs until around 1pm, when the wind built steadily. Despite testing conditions Heath and Dickinson finished fourth U16 boat and 15th overall.