Sailor Arran is best of British youngsters

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WHILE Great Britain’s Olympic sailors have been battling it out in Weymouth and Portland at the Pre-Olympic Test Event, city sailor Arran Holman has been busy competing at the Volvo Gill Optimist Open and National Championships in Wales.

After a week of fantastic sailing in a mixture of racing conditions, the 14 year-old finished the competition as the top British sailor and in fourth place overall at the Pwllheli Sailing Club.

This year over 450 sailors aged from eight to 14 and from 15 nations took part in the 50th Optimist National Championships. And some, including Arran, may turn out to be the country’s Olympic sailors of the future

“It’s been a really good week, enjoyable and very exciting,” said Arran from Milton Keynes.

“The final day was really shifty and challenging out there but it was good and conditions were great. It’s great to be the 50th National Champion and I’ve had a fantastic time.”

Newly appointed IOCA (UK) chairman, Simon Rogers paid tribute to a wonderful week of fun yet competitive racing.

He said: “It’s been an incredible week with some absolutely fantastic sailing. We are delighted with the racing we have had all week and the conditions have been perfect”.