Title haul for super sailors

Rebecca Lewis
Rebecca Lewis

The talented Lewis family of sailors can boast a world champion and two national champions!

Rebecca, 14, became the RS Tera Pro Worlds Ladies Champion for the second year running, while Dad Martyn and Jack, 9, are the Miracle National Champions.

Competing in Iseo, Italy from August 6-10, Rebecca improved on her overall result of fourth last year by coming third this time and earning a place on the podium.

The Ashlawn School pupil excelled among 34 boats from six different countries, with several sailors older than her.

There were ten races and she achieved top 10 results in nine of them.

“It was tricky sailing,” said Rebecca, who sails at Draycote Water and is a member of the national squad, training all over the country.

“In one area there was hardly any wind, but when we went out at 6am it was a lot windier and that’s when I got my best results.

“It was hot in Italy, but the racing was good and I enjoyed the social side, mixing with sailors from all the other countries.”

Modest Rebecca isn’t sure what makes her so successful, but puts it down to a lot of hard work and determination.

“I try and sail whenever I can,” she added. “And standing on the podium felt really good.

“My ambition is to compete in the Olympics one day.”

In the future Rebecca hopes to emulate one of Great Britain’s top sailors Hannah Mills, who won silver at London 2012.

She has met Hannah a couple of times and emailed her to wish good luck in the Olympics.

Hannah in turn wished Rebecca all the best with her competitions.

Rebecca’s next event is the Inland Championships at Northampton Sailing Club.

“Obviously we are very proud of her,” said mum Ruth, who is very grateful to Gul for supplying all Rebecca’s sailing clothing/gear for the last two years.

“It’s meant she has been able to wear the correct clothing for the different conditions and this has enabled her to concentrate on sailing the boat, rather than being worried that she is too cold/hot,” Ruth added. “This has been a huge help to us.”

Rugby Borough Council, also recognised Rebecca’s achievements last year by awarding her an Excellence in Sport award in March.

Rebeccas’ brothers Jack and Daniel, came 7th and 8th Overall in the RS Tera Sports Worlds, also in Iseo.

This is a smaller sail, both boys won races, which again was a great achievement.

Daniel, 11, is about to start at Lawrence Sheriff School and Jack, 9, is a pupil at Clifton Primary.

n The family would appreciate any support and if there is a business out there that would like to help in both Rebecca and her brothers continuing in this sport and getting their company promoted around the country/world then they would love to hear from them.

Miracle Championships

It was a case of ‘third child lucky’ as dad Martyn and son Jack became the 2012 Miracle National Champions.

The Nationals were held in Ullswater, in the Lake District from August 13-17 and out of the ten races in the series, Martyn and Jack won seven of them - coming home with a boat full of silverware!

This was the fifth year Martyn had entered the Miracle Nationals, having bought the boat to get the children into sailing.

The Miracle Fleet at Draycote are a family friendly fleet, with a number of Parent/child crews, so Martyn was able to have good competition with other dads who were good helms in their own right, and the children could enjoy the sailing against each other.

Martyn said at the prizegiving: “Well you know what they say, third child lucky!”

Previously he had sailed with Rebecca, then Daniel and now Jack.

With Rebecca and Daniel he had finished second for the last four years, so was really pleased to finally win the title of National Champion.

Rebecca and Daniel sailed the Youth and Junior races. They won all three races, beating the Youth as well as the juniors and so won the Junior Cup.

Jack helmed in the Crews race and won that, quite an achievement for a nine-year-old.

Mum Ruth concluded: “The Miracle has certainly done its job of getting the children into sailing as they all sail their own boats now and have shown they have the ability to do well.”