On Wednesday 2nd July 2014 Special Schools from across Lancashire gathered at Bolton Sailing Club to compete in the Harken Lancashire Special Schools Sailing Regatta.
This event has been run for the last six years with teams coming from various areas of Lancashire. All the competitors attend Lancashire Special schools and have learning difficulties. The boat used at the event is the Hansa 303W dinghy, an extremely stable boat which is designed for people with disabilities. Most of the young competitors had not sailed before and were introduced to the boats and how to sail them by the volunteers at Bolton Sailing Club.
The weather was bright and dry but the winds difficult and constantly moving. The races before lunch were shared between teams from Pendle and Ridgewood. This pattern continued after a delightful lunch with three teams dominating the racing; Pendle Community High School and two teams from Ridgewood High School. These teams shared the honours in all the five races with Ridgewood school winning the event for the second year in succession.