Faye sails her way into county set
A YEAR of training paid off for Faye Crook when she sailed her way into the Lancashire U18s team.
She was one of 11 lucky people to secure a place in the sailing team after a weekend away at Tower Wood on Lake Windermere.
Faye, 15, from Bacup, said: “I started sailing about five years ago. My uncle had bought a boat and my dad Paul decided to have a go and ended up also buying a boat.
“Now we have three between us and we sail them at Jumbles Sailing Club in Bolton.”
Initially, Faye would sail with her dad in a larger boat, but last year she decided to go it alone.
She said: “I got my own boat and I have renovated ●● Whitworth High School sailor Faye Crook who will be competing for Lancashire it and I moved into single-handed sailing in a boat about half the size of the one I used to be in with my dad.
“It took me a bit to get used to it because I had never been sailing on my own then I started to get into racing.”
Faye trains in Bolton every Sunday and is now entering North West Travellers Competitions where there can be up to 50 boats in a race.
She said: “In my first race I came 25th out of 50 and then I took part in a race at Elton Sailing Club and I came second in my boat class, I was the second in the girls’ race and overall I came 16th out of 36 sailors.
“At the start all of the boats are moving to try to get the best position for the start and catch the wind as soon as the hooter sounds.
“It is very competitive and very aggressive at the start as everyone wants to get away fastest.
“People are weaving in and out. If you have a collision and it is your fault you have to complete two 360 degree turns before you can continue in the race and if you don’t do that you get a time penalty.
“I love sailing because I am a teenager and it gives me something to do that makes me get out of the house. I have also made lots of friends.
“I am a more confident person as a result of taking up sailing.”
Faye will be competing for Lancashire in a race in July.
The Haslingden High School student said: “I swam in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke, the 50 and 100m backstroke and the 200 Individual Medley, IM, which involves fly, back, breast and freestyle strokes.
“I also had three other events that I qualified for, however I couldn’t have competed in everything so I just chose to go for my best strokes.
“Last year I was third and won a regional bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke, but the race was even more competitive this year and I was happy to post a strong personal best to get fifth place.
“It was really busy but you could still hear people cheering you on as you were getting ●● Mia Smith competes in the North West Regional Championship finals