After convincingly winning the South East Regional Inter Club Championships, Hythe Hotshots have gone on to win the prestigious National Team Championships for the second year in a row.
There are 4 classes at the National Championships, aimed at newcomer to experienced windsurfers. The main requirement is that you are 15 and under. Hythe and Saltwood Sailing club seems to be a hot bed of talent these days, as every year they dominate their class – despite having the smaller teams. This year was no exception. Thomas Addison, only windsurfing for 6 months walked away with the 3.5m class trophy, and current 4.5m national champion Sam Conroy, only 13, finished the whole course before the rest of the fleet got to the windward mark.
The stronger winds did favour Hythe, they are used to sailing on a quite rough open sea. Stuart Hards won the 5.5m class, whilst William Lama in his last Team 15 year came 3rd in the 6.8 Techno Class, with Claudia Carney 4th and also 1st girl.
“This was certainly one of the closest run competitions, with only five points separating the top three clubs in the country. I am extremely proud of the team’s achievement and the honour they bring to the club. Despite its size and not being supported a commercial windsurfing school, Hythe has now clearly established itself as the undefeated National Team Champions and one of the foremost clubs in the country for promoting the highest standards in youth windsurfing. We are particularly grateful to local sponsors Activ, Folkestone and Maui Marine ” Said Hythe’s coach – Mark Brooks.
“What has been amazing about this year is the amount of talented kids taking up windsurfing in the South East region, and even nationally through Team 15, this has really pushed Hythe Hotshots. The best thing about going to Hythe Sailing club is just witnessing how much time these juniors spend on the water, they just love windsurfing!” Said Clyde Waite, South East Zone Coach