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Student Sails to Success!

posted 7 Mar 2014, 05:14 by Google Google   [ updated 7 Mar 2014, 05:14 ]
Although he admits to being nervous, student Alex Page knew all the hard work had paid off when he and his sailing partner qualified to become part of the Great Britain team in Burnham on Crouch during the first weekend of half term for the Cadet Class World Sailing Championships.

These were the third of three trials in the selection process for boats and crew to compete in  Nieuwpoort, Belgium between 25 July and 3 August.  Overnight, with Alex at the helm and his sailing partner Aaron Chadwick as crew, the pair lay third in the event and fourth in the selectors and only qualified at the end of the second day’s racing when they were placed fourth in the event and sixth in the selectors.  This put them in the top seven who qualified.  Alex’s dad travelled with him, together with his Auntie Jenny, his Mum and his brother John (currently Head Boy at Felixstowe Academy) who all came to watch and cheer.

As a treat after his success at the weekend, Alex was allowed to camp overnight in Essex during the Stone Sailing Club Cadet Week – well deserved and much enjoyed!

Alex is off again this weekend to Lymington on the Solent for more training with the rest of the World Team, then will travel to  Nieuwpoort on 28 June for more training on the World Championship course during Flanders Youth Week, then back to Lymington before the main event in August.

His boat will shortly go to the repairer so that everyone can be satisfied that it is in the best possible condition – all rough edges removed and everything smooth and streamlined.  It had new sails recently as these need to be replaced every two seasons.

Alex is a positive and articulate boy who clearly thoroughly enjoys his competitive sailing and is fully supported by his family; he is looking forward to all the family coming to  Nieuwpoort in August to support his efforts at World Championship level.  He explains his aim as, “I aim to beat the British boats – there is no point focussing on beating other boats if I can’t beat the British ones.”

Because his sailing takes up most of his time at weekends, Alex needs to concentrate on his class work and homework during the week.  This clear-sighted, talented and focussed young man will undoubtedly do well in sailing and in life, and would welcome any support from students and staff at Felixstowe Academy.