Assistant Principal of the Greig City Academy, Paul Letford will accompany the team of six pupils, aged from 14-17 years old:
“It is a tremendous honour to be invited to take part in Antigua Sailing Week. Many of our students and their families have strong links with the Caribbean,” commented Letford. “Our local community will take great pride in the fact that we are representing North London at such a prestigious international regatta. This represents a major step forward for the Greig City Academy sailing project and is a definite highlight of our 2018 season. The Y2K programme has many parallels with what we do here at GCA Sailing. In return, we have invited participants from the Y2K programme the opportunity to compete at Lendy Cowes Week aboard Scaramouche, our 45ft Frers racing yacht.”
Letford went on to say, “Our team for Antigua Sailing Week will include four of the Fastnet team and three younger crew who have been training over the winter and show great promise. Antigua Sailing Week, the National Sailing Academy and Global Bank of Commerce have shown amazing generosity in supporting our visit.”
The Greig City Academy will be competing in the CSA Racing division against teams from 25 countries from around the world. The National Sailing Academy team competing against their UK counterparts will be skippered by 19-year old Jules Mitchell who has already represented Antigua & Barbuda at multiple Youth World Championships and aspires to represent Antigua & Barbuda at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Of the potential match race opportunity with Valiant and the Greig City Academy, Mitchell says: “I have followed the story of the team from when they competed in Cowes Week and the Fastnet Race. We are really excited to host them in Antigua and to race against them head to head. It’s going to add real excitement to our class this year.”