Felpham pupils sail to national success

Felpham Community College pupil Alfie Lester in action on the water SUS-151024-101302001
Felpham Community College pupil Alfie Lester in action on the water SUS-151024-101302001

Sailing pupils at Felpham Community College have been competing nationally.

The students spent part of the summer racing against their counterparts from around the country.

Finlay Swanton, a Year 9 student, showed he was one of the best when he took part in the national summer championships for summer boats at Weymouth.

“We sailed for six hours a day for six days and I came second out of 50 teams,” he said. “I am entered into numerous competitions over the next year and I really want to win a national series event and also some events around Europe.”

He took the water when he moved from Hertfordshire aged seven and his family in Felpham encouraged him to sail.

He trains all winter and competes in various competitions around the country for both the South East Regional Squad and National Squad for Topper boats.

Year 10 student Jack Miller has been selected for the National Squad for the two-handed RS Feva boat. He joined Felpham Sailing Club when he was seven, about seven years ago.

He said: “My dad has always loved sailing and I have been on a boat since three. I came fifth in the Inland National Championship national event in July this year, which has been my biggest achievement so far.”

Another top sailor at the college is Alfie Lester, of Year 7. “I have only just started competing but have been selected for a place on the South East Regional Zone Squad for the Topper boat, which I am really excited about.

“We will be training over six weekends throughout the winter.”

He started training with Felpham Sailing Club three years ago. The college has an affiliation with the nearby sailing club.

Headteacher Mark Anstiss said: “Well done to Alfie, Fin and Jack for their achievements so far and we look forward to hearing about their future successes.”

The college’s curriculum leader for science, Andrew Hall, ran an after-school sailing club in the spring and summer school months for students, he said.

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