A boy from Cheadle Hulme has come an incredible second overall, out of 291 sailors, in the National Optimist Championships. Kai Wolgram’s performance has meant that he has now shot up the rankings to an impressive 12th in Great Britain, and has again this year achieved the top position for his age group as the highest ranked 10-year old.

Kai was only beaten by a 14 year old in the competition, which saw sailors aged between 8 and 15 battle it out at Rutland Water. As the top junior in the under-13 category, he was awarded the Grafham Water Shield.

This superb performance has meant that Kai has been asked to join the GBR Optimist National Squad. He has also been invited to represent Great Britain in Brassememeer, in the Netherlands, in April, as well as being invited to the selection trials in May, where he will try out for a place in the national team for European and World competitions.

Kai said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to have come in second place and to be the youngest sailor ever to join the Great Britain National Squad! It was great to bring in the Grafham Water Shield to School and show it to my classmates, who were all really proud of me!”

Linda Hamilton, Head of The Manchester Grammar Junior School, said: “To have come second in a national ranking event, ahead of so many senior sailors already in the national squad, is quite astonishing. We’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on Kai over the next year, as he travels around Europe to compete as part of the Great Britain team