How a come and try day triggered an amazing adventure

Alexi was 9 years old when he first hopped into a sailing dinghy at a ‘come and try’ day at the Brighton Seacliff Yacht Club.  That day he discovered a passion for a sport he hadn’t previously known existed.  

Alexi is now 13, and during the most recent school holidays competed in the 2017 World Championships in Thailand in the Optimist class sailing boat.  The Worlds Championships are held every year and this was the largest ever held with 281 of the top ranked sailors attending from 62 countries. 

After sailing six races over three days in a ‘qualifying series’ sailors were divided into four fleets based on their ranking.  Alexi was ranked at 47th,  of the 281 competitors, which meant he sailed a further three day ‘final series’ with 72 of the top ranked sailors from around the world in the ‘gold fleet’.  Alexi finished the competition at 26th place.  This is the highest result ever achieved by a South Australian junior sailor, and amongst the best results achieved by an Australian at the World Championships

The World’s topped off a fantastic year for Alexi, in which he has travelled around Australia, the South Pacific and Asia to do the one thing he loves the most…Sailing!  During that time he has been lucky enough to stand on several podiums within Australia, and finished as ‘Champion’ of the New Caledonian Nationals in October 2016.  He is also part of the SA State Squad who are the reigning National Teams Racing Champions!  Closer to home Alexi was honoured to be awarded both Club Champion and Club Consistency winner for 2016-17 at his local club; the Brighton Seacliff Yacht Club. 

Of course Alexi hasn’t achieved these results without the support of some awesome coaches, club volunteers and many friends in the great sailing community.   

Alexi’s love of sailing has not diminished for one moment since he stepped foot in that boat four years ago.  He thinks the best sailing days are when the wind is up and the boat is planing on the water, but he’s also just as happy when there is no wind to sail and he gets to hang-out with his sailing mates at the club.