Junior captains 2023/24
I have been a member of the ESC from a very early age and was the proud winner of the ESC Crabbing Cup when I was about 5. Over the years I have moved through the RYA levels and participated in further training such as the Two Harbours Winter Race Training and Feva Training. I have also taken part in many of the Junior races and was honoured to win the Will Acres series a couple of years ago. I now sail a Laser Radial and enjoy sailing and racing solo. I have also been taking advantage of sailing a 2000 this summer and have just raced in the Stansted Challenge Cup. This was a fantastic opportunity, and I really appreciated the time and effort that the more Senior racers gave for the Juniors, and it confirmed again that sailing is always a learning journey. I also raced at HISC on an RS Elite this summer and experienced first-class racing which was incredible. I recently qualified as a Dinghy Instructor which was another great opportunity that the ESC provided, and over the summer I took up windsurfing which I now really enjoy on the windy days when sailing is not an option.
Isobella Palmer Ward
I believe that I would be a very good junior captain because of my ability to work with children and to help them thrive on land and on the water. I have experience working with children; volunteering at Daisy Chain nursery, teaching RYA stage 2 to four children this summer and looking after my younger siblings. Therefore, I believe I have the right experience in order to work with children and to ensure they have fun as well as being safe, encouraging the use of the wide range of water sport activities. If chosen, I would work to introduce another weekend of a COW week style event in the summer to ensure that more kids can get out onto the water even if they are not so keen on racing. I have been participating in junior race weeks and junior events since I started sailing at the age of 7 at ESC, so I have experience in understanding how they have to be organised and would be more than willing to help plan these junior events if I became junior captain. Additionally, I would attend events helping parents and children learning the basics of sailing and how to rig boats, this could be an idea for a day at the beginning of the season for people starting to sail so that they are able to understand the basics before they start participating in RYA stages. I would also provide monthly reports to the sailing and house committees of the views and suggestions from the junior section. I would collect these views by being actively involved in club activities and by talking to a number of different children and parents on how they feel the sailing club could improve to ensure they/ their children have the best time out on the water.
I have been a member of the sailing club for nearly 12 years, so I have seen many junior captains that I aspired to be like when I was older. Now I am the age of the junior captains I can't quite believe it, I still remember my first time on the millpond like it was yesterday. I will try to be as good as the past Junior Captains and inspire the next generations of sailors.
I am around the club quite a lot and attend many of the social events so I would be able to encourage the juniors to get more involved and I would try and attend as many working parties as possible as it is very sociable and would allow me to talk to parents and children about what they'd like to see happen or change. I also attend many of the racing events and would continue to attend as I would love to help organise or run parts of the events. I would also help at prize givings to appear approachable and easily recognisable.