The meeting of the water champions at Kings of Wessex

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 11 October 2017

Champion sailors at Kings of Wessex.

Champion sailors at Kings of Wessex.


A group of student champion sailors and windsurfers from The Kings of Wessex Academy met up with the executive headteacher and the chair of the governors.

Executive headteacher Gavin Ball and chair of governors Brian Kirkup at The Kings of Wessex Academy were blown away, or at least they would have been, if on the high seas, when they recently met with a group of student champion sailors and windsurfers.

Year 12 student Jamie Harris, aged 16, is the world cadet champion following his stunning win in Buenos Aires at the start of this year. Since then Jamie excelled in his summer GCSE exams as one of the top students in his year group when he achieved a spectacular nine Grade A*s, one 9, an 8 and a Grade 6, proving he can combine academic studies with his sailing accomplishments.

Sailing clearly runs in the family as Jamie and his younger sister Bettine (14) won the national championships together three years ago and this year Bettine can boast her achievement by making the GBR Worlds team which competed in Holland and going on to win the Cadet National Championships in Wales, racing against 17-year olds.

Both Jamie and Bettine train at the reservoir (BCYC) and their sailing at weekends and holidays takes them around the world with Jamie’s most recent international travels to Athens in the summer.

Next year is set to be bright on the water if Jamie and Bettine can qualify for the 420 Worlds at Rhode Island in America.

Year 10 student Anna Horackova, aged 14, has sailed with Bettine in the past and competed in the national cadet finals in Flanders in 2016 and in Wales this year. She also took part in the promotional world championship this summer in Holland with her helm Hazel from Suffolk.

Anna started sailing about six years ago and is planning to swap from crewing to helming this year.

New to Kings this year in Year 9 Abi Campbell (14) is also an accomplished sailor and has competed in a number of junior and adult class national and world championships when she was placed in the top 20 results and achieved race wins.

Abi is looking forward to competing in the Inland and Youth Championships this year, as well as going into the 29er class, the youth version and feeder boat to the 49er fx Olympic sailing class.

Mr Ball was also pleased to meet with Year 11 student windsurfer Toby Dawkins (15), who this year competed in the Team 15 national event and came second.

New to Kings this year is Year 9 student Ewan Foster (13), who is also a keen windsurfer and came second in the nationals in the 3.5 fleet. Next spring, Ewan will resume training with his team, the Axbridge Animals, and will compete in the 4.5 fleet.

Toby, Ewan and Bettine were all part of the Axbridge Animals windsurfing team who won the T15 National Cup.

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