Year 10 student Alex Page had a rather busy summer – competing in his Cadet Class boat in the National and World Sailing Championships!
The National Open Championships event was held in Weymouth, at the 2012 Olympic Games venue. Many other nations competed in our Open Championship in preparation for the World Championship the following week.
The Nationals were contested in VERY windy conditions. The sailors came off the water utterly exhausted. The Worlds too were ‘an unseasonably blustery event’ so those watching the events were in no doubt that the 16- and 17- year old sailors competing against Alex benefitted from their size.
Although Alex finished third overall behind a Belgian and an Argentinian team, he was the highest placed British boat! Alex won the Nationals outright and now adds National Champion to the Inland Championship he won last September.
Within the World Championships Alex finished in 7th overall, which made him the best under-15 in the world!
The world championship was won by a 16 year old Australian sailor who was ‘just in a different league’. The top six world placings were all taken by 16 and 17 year old sailors.
Alex’s Junior sailing career comes to a close on this huge high, by choice, as he makes the transition one year early to start his Youth sailing career in a new class of boat, the 420. More to follow over the coming years we are sure. Congratulations to Alex and his family from the whole Academy.