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Round the World to Roehampton

by Samantha Evans
5 October 2015

Hi there! My name is Samantha and I have just returned to start my PGCE Geography course at Roehampton after winning a sailing competition in America.

I was part of a team of 11 from the Royal Thames Yacht Club that participated in the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup in Newport, Rhode Island USA. It is the highest level of Corinthian (amateur) competitive racing, with 17 teams from 11 nations around the world that not only had to qualify, but also then get invited to enter. I was the bowman on the top British entry from the RTYC. It has been a six year campaign, having raced in this competition four times with our results steadily improving, and finally this year winning! We came 3rd in the USA nationals in July, which we used as training for this event in September.

Samantha Evans

I've competed over the last 10 years in international competitions globally (USA, Canada, Caribbean, Asia, Australia, and Mediterranean), including 8 world championships and multiple European, USA, Australian and British national championships. I have also raced across the Atlantic Ocean during this time with a crew of only four, finishing top in our division. This summer I also was on an all-girls team in the Rolex Fastnet race and we were the first girls’ team to finish.

With my Geography PGCE course having already started, the uni were very supportive allowing me to have the week off to compete. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to be part of this winning team after such a long process; however, I am now looking forward to get back to my studies and to use my first-hand knowledge of the oceans and experience of the way they work to teach, engage and inspire young people.

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