News from The Kings of Wessex Academy


Finlay triumphs in the RS Feva National Championships

10th June, 2019 by Becki Pearce

This summer, Year 11 student Finlay Oliver at The Kings of Wessex Academy has been balancing his GCSE revision with his sailing skills on the high seas.

Finlay (and his helm Quinn Edmonds) were recently placed sixth at the RS Feva National Championships when 94 boats travelled to Abersoch in North Wales. Finlay and Quinn have been training hard over the winter and diligent student Finlay had carefully planned his GCSE preparation to ensure he was ready for both his exams and racing.

A total of 12 races were held over the four days at the end of May, in some challenging conditions. Their highest placed finish was a second in one of the qualifying races, placing them in the Gold fleet for the competition racing. After qualifying, the pair were in 11th place overall, working hard over the final two days of the competition to finish in sixth place. Their families and National Squad coaches are very proud of them and they were also delighted with their achievement. There are only six medal places in this competition; hence the silverware is all the more impressive.

Next up for Finlay after his GCSE exams and Year 11 celebrations will be the World Championships in Italy in July. This will be their last competition in the RS Feva, before they move onto racing in a 29er, as the final training boat before the 49er Olympic class skiff. Finlay will also continue to participate in team racing for Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club Youth Team, who were recently delighted to beat Eton College, Clifton College and Millfield School to take the silver place behind Royal Grammar School, Guildford.

Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball said:

“Well done Finlay for a fabulous season to date! This shows how your dedication can yield successful results. I wish you many future triumphs.”