THE annual school games windsurf event was again held and run by the OTC in Weymouth.

All schools in the area were invited and the students were split into two fleets, challenge for the beginners and gold for the more advanced sailors.

Budmouth College have been running a windsurfing club for a few years and some students have really excelled within the sport, competing nationally and gaining sponsorship.

Rich Bullock, a sport teacher at Budmouth College, stated: “It is vital that we offer students the opportunity to take part in a variety of sports to promote lifelong participation.

“I have always surfed, kite-surfed and windsurfed alongside more traditional sports and in this area, students can access both of these opportunities.”

The conditions on the day were perfect, a small breeze, clear blue skies and excellent attendance from the local schools. Beginners stayed closer to the bank and competed in a relay format whereas the gold fleet sailed out into the bay and raced in a more recognised format.

As a team, Budmouth ended up with a silver medal in the challenge fleet. Ben Oldham, Sam Pearson, Corey Parker and Abbi Pearson were pleased with the recognition of all their hard work in preparation before the event.

In the gold fleet, Max Richardson, Clay Yelland and Lilia Yelland all enjoyed the day and even though they did not medal, learned a great deal from the experience.

The windsurf club at Budmouth starts again in September, with new year sevens urged to have a go and get hooked on the amazing sport of windsurfing.