Showing promise: Waltham windsurfing starlet Calanthe Hendrikse (Submitted picture)
WALTHAM windsurfer Calanthe Hendrikse will be part of the North Lincs Invaders windsurfing team that battles it out in round two of the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship this weekend.
Sunday’s competition will be held at the Invaders’ headquarters – the North Lincs and Humberside Sailing Club (NLHSC) – which will play host to junior windsurfers from across the area.
The team with the best score at the end of the summer will win the RYA North Zone Team15 Inter-Club Championship, earning a place in the National Final, the Team15 Champions Cup.
And talented Hendrikse, fresh from a solid performance in the last round of the Championship, will be a key member of the Invaders team.
“We are very proud of our junior windsurfers including Calanthe,” remarked Angelique Lansley, NLHSC Team15 co- ordinator, inset.
“She was one of four youngsters who travelled up to Durham last month for round one of the Championship.
“Calanthe was first girl and second overall in the 3.5m class.
“It’s a great start for the year. We’ll have more young windsurfers in our fleet when the visitors arrive on Sunday so we are hoping for a team trophy this time.”
The visiting fleets will receive a sparkling welcome to the south bank of the River Humber on Sunday as this year, the NLHSC celebrates its diamond anniversary.
The popular club has been consistently producing great sailors – and more recently windsurfers – since 1953.
On Saturday, ahead of the competition, the club is holding a free open day to allow those interested in joining the next generation of talent to find out more.
Club commodore, Keith Lown said: “The club is 60 years old this year and has been very much part of the community over this time.
“We enjoy the opportunity to open the doors to the general public who can come and have a go at windsurfing and sailing, under the guidance of our qualified instructors, free of charge.
“Hopefully people will stay on a bit longer to have a look around the club, see what we do and have a cup of tea.”
Now in its 12th year, Team15 is an RYA initiative which is designed to make windsurfing more accessible.