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Arwen and Archie rule the waves

According to Archie in Year 7 there is nothing quite like gliding through the waves in a one man dinghy with the wind and salt spray in your face travelling at great speed.

The 11-year-old who hails from the Isle of Man has already made it into the Team GB Junior Sailing Team, as has his classmate Arwen Flur, from Caernarfon, and both are making a quite a name for themselves in the sailing world.

Archie's choice of boat is a RS Tera-a small dinghy and he's already competed across Europe and in America in sailing events, and hopes to be selected to compete the World Junior Sailing Championships in Sweden this summer.

"When I'm competing my heart pounds and I'm just really happy, the bigger the waves the better as it feels like you are surfing the waves," said Archie.

"I especially enjoy surfing in Weymouth and Spain as there's plenty of wind."

He continued: "My father has sailed as his life so when I was very small we'd go out in his yacht around the Isle of Man and so on."

"I've capsized loads of times but it's no big deal, another time by boat's boom snapped but it was fine as the safety boat came and got me, and I got a new one for my birthday."

Archie hopes to one day become a boat designer, as it would pay more than becoming an Olympian. He's already designing and building models.

Arwen first fell in love with sailing when her parents paid for a sailing lesson on Bala lake for a birthday treat. Her vessel of choice is an Optimist Dinghy.

"I remember the first time I sailed on Bala lake, I had just turned seven and I although I'd capsized and got soaking wet it was the best thing I'd ever done and have never looked back," she said with a smile.

"It's just so peaceful but also exhilarating to be out sailing on the waves."

Arwen is ranked 26th out of 300 in the UK for her group, and like Archie has already competed in Europe and America.

She's had a very busy Easter competing in the Optisprings regatta in the Netherlands, and at the largest sailing regatta in the world at Lake Garda, in Italy.

The event attracts over 1,000 international sailors and Arwen made it into Gold fleet which was a fantastic experience as competed against some of the best sailors in the world. She finished 20th girl overall (out of about 290) and was pipped at the post in the last two races by another British girl so finished second British girl.


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