Faye sails her way into county set

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

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

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