QEGS pupil making waves across the country

James Grummet in action
James Grummet in action

A QEGS pupil is riding the crest of a wave as he contnues to make progress as a sailor.

James Grummet hasmoved on from the junior topper fleet (a year early), and is now sailing in the youth class 29er fleet.

He has had a busy summer, sailing in both classes to begin with, and in his last two competitive events in the Junior Class, the Topper World Championships in Brittany and the Topper National Championships in Weymouth, James finished in the top 10 U15s at both events.

In his first 29er Grand Prix event at Queen Mary Reservoir, James and Dan, his crew, finished14th out of 43 and taking the prize for U16s.

The final event of the summer was the 29er National Championships at Hayling Island, just along the coast from Weymouth. The fleet included a handful of top sailors from Europe and India, as well as 20 UK National Youth and Transition Squad boats. After a hard week in challenging sea conditions James and Dan finished in 33rd place overall in a fleet of 92 boats, and third U16s.

Since finishing the nationals James has competed in two more 29er Grand Prix events, finishing in 14th and 9th places (and 1st U16s) respectively and also competed at the RYA Scotland Championships where he came in second place.