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Two of Rye Rebels young windsurf team bagged hard fought podium places in Sundays 2nd round of the South East championships, when 47 competitors descended on Rye Watersports, home of the Rebels.
Lottie Burden in the 4.5 class and Ed Marsh in the 3.5s dug deep and used all their tactical nous to both secure 3rd places in their respective category’s.
Ryes 4.5 team of Burden, Jack Stannard ,Will Marsh and Tom Alexander were up against a large fleet of strong windsurfers from clubs all around the Region and as far afield as Surrey. With Stannard and young freestyler Alexander racing strongly throughout, it was Burden who, in testing force 5 to 6 South Westerly winds, really stepped up to the plate and posted consistent top 4 finishes over the days series of racing, to give the 15 year old her well deserved 3rd spot. Stannard again proved he is going to be a force in the coming races by placing 5th overall, with Marsh just behind in 6th. Alexander finished the day well in mid table, especially considering this was his first ever race meet.
 Meanwhile over in the 3.5s, it was Ed Marsh, younger brother of reigning 3.5 champ Will, who was’ ripping it up ‘on home waters. With the support of team mates Maisy Bull, Ruairi Pringle, Angus Balfour, Ben Greenwood, Ben West and Bob Cooke, the Rebels young team were really shaking up the field. All 3.5 team truly raced with grit and determination, Bull and Cooke really pushing Marsh all the way for a top 3 spot, but it was Marsh’s consistency that paid dividends in the end. Special mention however, must go to young Ben Greenwood who only learnt to windsurf 2 months ago and competed courageously in his his first event, finishing every race amongst seasoned competition.
Marsh and Burden are really pushing on the leader board this season, with the rest of the Rebels team hard on their heels, so the next round at Hythe in July will be eagerly awaited.
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