Felixstowe: Young sailor is heading off to the world finals

Suffolk sailor Alex Page in action.

Suffolk sailor Alex Page in action. - Credit: Archant

A young Suffolk sailor is to compete in the world championships this summer, taking on competitors older than himself from around the globe.

While Alex Page, 12, a student at Felixstowe Academy, will be up against sailors aged up to 17, his years of experience on the water will give him a key advantage.

Since he first started sailing aged five as crew for his older brother John, encouraged by his parents Sally and Stephen Page, he has won armfuls of silverware, as crew and helm in the cadet class, a double-handed dinghy.

He won his place in the British squad for the world team cup in Belgium in July after a successful weekend of sailing in the third selector event at Burnham-on-Crouch.

Mrs Page said: “We are all very excited and so proud of him.”

Alex said: “This is my eighth year and I have been climbing the rankings bit by bit. I enjoy it but I have to work very hard.”

By the end of their second season, Alex, then only six, and John were the second under-14s boat in the country.

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In 2008 they won the nationals at under-15s level and were top boat again the following year.

Alex has taken part in international events and the European championships, and came 24th in the 2010 world championships, and last year became junior national champion.

While he will now be training hard for this summer’s event, he also has eyes on the 2014 world championships, set to be held over the 2012 Olympics course at Weymouth.

Mr Page said: “Alex’s national squad coach Adam Bowers says that 2013 will be a good year but that 2014 will be his big year.

“Alex, being highly competitive, will give the world championships his best shot. Being very patriotic, he sees a particular incentive in sailing for the world championships on home waters.

“He wants to win it and believes he can.”