BAXENDEN sailor Jak Cornthwaite was left frustrated after he was denied a top 20 finish in the first of three Open qualifiers for the World and European events.
The 17-year-old has moved up to the Laser Standard class - one of the Olympic events - and was competing at Lowestoft.
But bad luck meant, with just 200m to go in the final race, he slipped down the pecking order and finished 24th overall.
It was a frustrating weekend for the St Mary’s College student.
The big winds on Saturday would have been ideal for Jak but his first disappointment was that it was postponed due to the damage they could inflict on the fleet.
On Sunday, the wind speed was down and wave size reduced and the fleet were released to race.
Jak was not too pleased with a 29th place in the first race which, though, he was able to discard.
He had a much-improved 17th in the second race but more disappointment followed in the third and last race of the day.
Having been forced off the start line and having to start at the back of the fleet, he had worked his way back up to eighth place and was in front of one of the Olympic Development squad sailors approaching the last leeward mark just before the finish.
However, he then had to give inside room at that last mark to a group of boats in the separate Radial race sailing the same course that Jak was lapping.
Their wind shadow dropped his speed and he had the frustration of nine of the following boats getting past him in the final 200 metres to the finish line.
If he had not had the interference from the Radials, an eighth place instead of his 17th would have put him into 15th place overall, well inside his target.
He accepted: "It's one of the frustrating things that can happen in sailing which you just have to accept, put down to experience and move on."