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My experience as FIS Sailing Team Leader & Coordinator

On March 9th & 10th, 14 students from FIS took part in the Boase Cohen & Collins Inter-School Sailing Festival 2019 held at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at Middle Island. Sailors aged from 8 to 18 from the French, Bilingual and International streams joined the event.

Overall 22 teams signed up for this event including German Swiss International School, West Island School, Hong Kong Sea School and Hong Kong Sailing Schools Association. The competition was very tight especially during the final 3 races. This gave us the opportunity for great action on the water with our sailors pushing and fighting to get results. The weather was very tricky with very light winds and rain. This made our sailors use their tactical and observation senses to try and identify the spots on the course with the most wind.

We wanted even bigger results this year! (Last year, our RS Feva team won the division and our Pico team got 4th.) Obviously, hard work pays off as we finished with our Pico getting the 3rd place prize and our RS Feva winning for the second year in a row. This had only been done four times in the history of the event! This adds on to the tally for the French International School with now 5 titles in the 7 times we took part in the event.

 

As FIS team leader, I have been organising this team alone since last September and had lots of fun doing so while learning lots of new things. However, it isn’t easy to get a team together, getting all the correct paperwork done in time, discussing budgets with the school and clubs, getting the teams and tactics ready and ensuring everyone had the same amount of time on the water! We have 2 major events during the school year: the 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race at the Hebe Haven Yacht Club (Sai Kung) and the Inter School Sailing Festival at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (Middle Island) with our student sailors proudly representing the school’s colours. 

Earlier this year in late September, 22 sailors took part in the 24 Hour Charity Dinghy Race 2018 at the Hebe Haven Yacht Club in Sai Kung. This event is a charity event with 100% of all payments being donated to charities all over Hong Kong. The French International School in total managed to raise a stunning HK$26,000 !

This event is a non-stop 24 hour race starting at 2pm on Saturday and finishing at 2pm on Sunday. Sailors rotate in usually 2 hours shifts throughout the whole day & night. This gives some sailors the opportunity to experience night sailing and shift sailing. We had two boats (RS Feva & Laser Pico) who were sailing for 24 hours. In the end, we managed to finish this unique event with a 2nd and a 5th place! This event is the longest running 24hr endurance aquathon in Asia and it usually has up to 35 teams including schools such as Hong Kong Academy, Harrow International School and KGV.

Having this FIS Sailing Team wouldn’t be possible without the help of all parent volunteers & sailors who took part in the events as well as the school’s support and fundings. Starting from this September 2019, Adam Neveux (Y10) will help me organise the FIS Sailing Team because I feel the role of a Team Leader/Coordinator should be done by two people as it takes up a good amount of time.

The 24 Hour Race is a Fleet Racing event (each boat competes against each other) and the inter-school regatta is a Team Racing event (matches, 3 boats against 3 boats). This is a great learning experience for our sailors so they can see how different races run especially for the young sailors who are looking to take part in international events such as the IODA World Championship or the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

Lastly, I would like to say a big thank you and congratulations to all our FIS Sailors for taking part in all the events and representing our school! This year, we had 24 sailors who were part of our team: Stan Picard, Zoe Bruwer, Augustin Clot, Nathan Turner, Pénélope Martin, Tomoe Thiry, Ulysse Ha Thuc, Sienne Thiry, Juliette Clot, Vianney Bourrut Lacouture, Timothee Bourrut Lacouture, Antoine Piras, Flavian Masdebrieu, Adam Neveux, Arthur Desmazures, Adrien Rouillon, Agustin Missotten, Leo Tremblay, Joana Bruwer, Noah Lubin, Achille Ledru, Raphaël Ledru, Jules Gillet and Amaury Guillosson.

You can contact us at fissailing@gmail.com and follow our journey on our FIS Sailing Facebook page, photos are also uploaded to our Facebook page.

Timothee Bourrut Lacouture/FIS Sailing Team Leader & Coordinator