THE end of the academic year means it is now plain sailing for young Jak Cornthwaite.
The Rishton teenager has retained his place in the Royal Yachting Assocation’s GBR Laser Standard youth squad despite also sitting his A-Levels.
Jak was part of the GBR squad selected for the Kiel Grade One regatta but due to the event clashing with his English A-Level exam he had to miss some valuable experience.
The regatta was a Grade One international event and was won by Olympic gold medallist Paul Goodison.
But, with his exams now out of the way, Jak can now link up with the GB squad for the Europa Cup at Warnemunde in Germany and the European Youth championships at Landskrona in Sweden later this year.
However he did have to turn down the opportunity to compete in the World Championships in Canada because of the cost.
In a busy spell, as well as his A Levels, Jak has also become a qualified RYA dinghy instructor and racing coach.
And he put his skills into practice during Spring Bank Holiday week at Anglesey by assisting with the coaching at Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club’s week of sea training and racing.
And Jak keeps gaining even more experience by assisting at East Lancs Sailing Club at Rishton on Wednesday evenings where Jim Brown and Robin Tomlinson are at present running their sailing course.
Anybody interested in learning to sail should call Jim on 01254 392687.
Jak was helped during the year with support from Lanes for Drains, Killelea Steelwork Construction, Ballpark Precision Engineering, Farley's Solicitors, Manchester Cabins and SportsAid support from Accrington's Asda.
And without that support he would not be able to pursue his ambitious Olympic goal with 2016 his major aim.