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4 Nov 2013

Little Bruv Jacob follows Sister Chloe.

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Jacob Felton is following in his sister's footsteps by getting selected for RYA West Optimist Zone. After his experience at Nationals, he realised he could cope with high winds and his attitude to sailing changed. He decided he wanted to do Zones, which left us with a bit of a dilemma! He put everything he had into Zone Champs and concentrated hard at Zone Indicators, which is quite unusual for Jacob! As one of the other Zone mum's said, “he is so determined since the Nationals and deserves it 100%”.
Chloe's original aim of getting into the Optimist National Intermediate Squad was always going to be a tough ask. With 24 places in each of the National and Intermediate squads and only a handful of people leaving the fleet, the places are hugely sought after. An average score of approx 30 per race with 3 discards would be required, so she knew after Inlands she was highly unlikely to achieve that. After a terrific 2nd day at End of Seasons we decided to apply for a discretionary place on Development Squad - she had the ranking but was too young. Chloe was excited to be selected and is intending to make the most of this opportunity. She's already had her first training - a 4 day residential at Plas Menai in the high winds. I'm not sure what excited her the most - 2 extra days off school or the chance of 4 days sailing! It was good to be back with the friends she's made from other zones over the last year or so. They were worked hard, even when they couldn’t sail due to the mean wind being 30+ knots.