Animals remain unbeaten

ALEX (13), Isabelle (12) and Georgina Savage (10), of the Axbridge Animals windsurfing team, all took podium places and helped the Animals to victory again.

ALEX (13), Isabelle (12) and Georgina Savage (10), of the Axbridge Animals windsurfing team, all took podium places and helped the Animals to victory again, beating the Croft Farm Flyers in the third Team15 inter-club event of the season at Croft Farm.

First places went to Georgina Savage in the 3.5 fleet, Lou Brown (11) in the 4.5, Alexander Savage in the 5.5 and B Al Martin (14) in the Techno 6.8 class. The Animals are now unbeaten in the regional competition, and their place in the National T15 Champions Cup at Rutland Water in October is assured.

Nevertheless, a challenge remains for Alex, who has set himself a goal of winning all of the series events this year.

Due to its size and location, Croft Farm's shifting winds test the most experienced sailors at times, so the youngsters' achievements will have given them good practice for the national competition.


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The final round of the T15 inter-club series will be held at Wimbleball Lake, on September 6, where the teams will have another opportunity to race for individual and team prizes in this year's competition.

Supported by industry leaders Neilson, Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, Boards magazine and Neil Pryde, T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

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Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer, adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low. To find your local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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