A TALENTED young sailor returned to the water in style with a high finish at a prestigious national competition.

Freddie MacLaverty, a Year 8 pupil at Rydal Penrhos, tested his skills against some of the best young prospects in the country at the RS Tera Pro UK Nationals Championships over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The aspiring star travelled to Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy – which is the United Kingdom’s national centre – for the RS Tera’s biggest event of the summer. Freddie worked incredibly hard during training sessions prior to the competition, which led to an exceptional display in a competitive environment.

Freddie adjusted well to the conditions and produced a series of outstanding displays to eventually come away with second place overall.

He is an RYA Cymru Wales squad member alongside fellow pupil Keira Luke, and Freddie also achieved selection to the Team GB National Youth squad for their winter training programme in his single-handed Tera boat.

The Llandudno Sailing Club member even managed to gain some racing success during the lockdown period, with Freddie chosen to represent Wales at the virtual 2020 Eric Twiname Junior Championships, which was a virtual regatta held recently by the Royal Yachting Association.

He eventually came away with a superb silver medal finish to further add to his ever-growing list of accolades.