Nick sails to success in schools regatta

Nick Copsey and Rory Mackenzie  who received awards in the National Schools  Sailing Regatta stayed at the Olympic venue
Nick Copsey and Rory Mackenzie who received awards in the National Schools Sailing Regatta stayed at the Olympic venue
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A SCHOOLBOY could be on his way to becoming a future Olympian after winning an under 19s sailing competition.

Nick Copsey, a pupil at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, took part in The National Schools Sailing Association Golden Jubilee Regatta held at Weymouth.

Nick Copsey and Rory sailing

Nick Copsey and Rory sailing

More than 650 youngsters and 500 boats took part in the annual event held just ahead of the Olympics.

Nick, 18, was paired with Rory Mackenzie against 47 other boats in the competitive fast handicap.

After seven of the nine races, the pair led, but a broken main halyard in race eight left them having to capsize and swim to the top of the mast and tie the sail up, leaving it all to do in the final race.

“We knew we hadn’t had a bad race up to then so we were quite surprised how tight it was in the end,” said Nick, who lives in West Row.

But the duo won and took first place overall.

Paul Goodison, who won gold in Beijing four years ago but who was frsutrated by a back injury at the Olympics earlier this month, presented the trophies.

“It was good to meet him,” said Nick who hopes to take up the sport full time.

Nick and Rory were also presented with the outstanding seamanship award for their boat handling when the main sail came down, while Nick was one of just eight to receive the president’s award – a week sailing on the Sceptre, an American cup boat.