Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fun on the Water; Pupils Set Sail for Regatta Finale

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Fun on the Water; Pupils Set Sail for Regatta Finale

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CASTLEGATE Water sports Centre on the River Tees was the venue for the inaugural Stockton schools sailing Regatta.

The event, sponsored by Stockton TPCT, was the grand finale of the Sporting Start programme which funded Stockton secondary schools' six weeks free Water sports instruction at Castlegate Quay.

Pupils from All Saints, St Patrick's and Bishopsgarth schools braved the elements to take part in a singles, doubles and exciting team relay race to discover the next budding Ben Ainslie or Ellen Mc Carthur.

In a tense competition with each school occupying first place at some time during the competition the judges, after several count backs, declared Bishopsgarth School the inaugural winners of Stockton Regatta.

Allan McDermott from Tees Active said: "This has been a fantastic event which everybody who has taken part has thoroughly enjoyed.

"I would like to thank Stockton TPCT whose support has enabled these teenagers to experience sailing and also congratulate Chris, Gary, Richard and RYA Onboard Development Officer Micky Early on there organisation of this superb event. …

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