News from The Kings of Wessex Academy


Bettine and Jamie's Success on the High Seas (beyond the classroom!)

11th June, 2019 by Becki Pearce

Not only has Year 11 student Bettine Harris at The Kings of Wessex Academy been working hard for her GCSE exams this summer; but along with sailing partner Megan Ferguson, she has continued to work on their partnership in the 420 dinghy, training hard in the British Youth Squad and competing around the country.

The sailing duo are already accruing accolades for the season and were ranked top ladies in the Winter Sailjuice series, placed fourth overall and were delighted to be presented with their prize on stage at the RYA dinghy show. A pleasing result.

This winter, sailing was good preparation for the series of 420 Selection events, consisting of the Inland Championships at Rutland, the Springs at Weymouth and at Easter the week-long RYA Youth Nationals back at Weymouth. Bettine and Megan sailed consistently and achieved selection to the GBR Team, that is set to travel to the 420 World Championships in Vilamoura, Portugal in June and the 420 European championships in Galicia, Spain in July.

As well as sailing the 420 dinghy, Bettine is also crewing for her older brother Jamie in the RS200 and they currently hold the Junior National and Inland titles and will be competing at the RS200 Nationals in Torquay in August.

Accomplished sailor Jamie who this summer is sitting his A Levels and will be competing in Kiel, Germany at the OK European Championships in June and at the 470 European Championships in Spain in July. Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball praised Bettine and Jamie:

“Well done to two of our star Kings' students and star sailors whom I know are very dedicated to their chosen sport. I wish them every continued success and enjoyment as they rise to the challenge!”

PHOTO of Megan and Bettine (crewing) in action at Rutland