Piggott School student to compete against Europe's best young sailors for Great Britain

Having been selected to race for Great Britain, Wargrave resident and Piggott School student Adam Roberts will take on the best young sailors in Europe later this month in his first international competition on Lake Garda in Italy.

Adam has been sailing casually since he was four and has been around boats since he was born.

His dad sails competitively and Adam began taking his sailing more seriously in a competitive sense around two and a half years ago, when he was 10. His family holidays often involved finding a local sailing club and getting out on the water.

Adam, and his sister Kate, initially had lessons at Burghfield Sailing Club and his passion for racing has grown, with the club hosting several Optimist Open events.

He has taken part in several competitions already, from Weymouth to Stonehaven in Scotland - and plenty in between - but this event in Italy will be far and away the largest one he's been to.

During a national competition at Grafham Water last May, Adam was selected to represent the Optimist GBR Junior team at the event, but complications and restrictions relating to COVID meant that the event was postponed.

“There have been many changes and delays to the plan as a result of COVID, but we are all very excited to be supporting Adam at his first international event at Torbole Yacht Club on the shores of Lake Garda.,” said mum Emma. “Adam was also delighted. Currently there are 603 entrants which is far and away the biggest event any of us have been to with boats from all over Europe and even further afield.

“It promises to be a very exciting opportunity for all of our young sailors.”

Adam sails a small boat designed for children aged under 15. His ability to manoeuvre the Optimist boat in all weather conditions was apparent from an early age, however, he was selected to join one of the Royal Yachting Associations (RYA) Regional Training Groups (RTG) in September 2020.

These groups are aimed at providing a steer for talented young sailors and offer training and opportunities throughout the winter months, helping them adapt to all conditions at a variety of locations.

They are run by some of the country's top coaches. He recently heard that he's been selected again for the 2021/22 winter season.

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