Rhys sails his way to championships

* Left: Rhys Whitfield with coach and SA Olympic sailor, Asenathi Jim.

Sweet Valley pupil Rhys Whitfield, 13, will be representing South Africa at the 2018 RS Tera World Champion-
ships in Weymouth, England, next month.

He will compete with an-
other 143 sailors from 11 coun-
tries, and sail at the same venue
his coach, Asenathi Jim, com-
peted at in his first Olympics in 2012.

Rhys competed in his first world champs last year in Carnac, France, where he was placed 25th out of 66 boats. With this previous experience he hopes to build on this result.

The Imperial Yacht Club youth member sailed well in the South African selection events and made a clean sweep earning himself a place in the team.

Under the guidance of Asenathi and the coaching staff at Im-
perial Yacht Club, Rhys and the squad have been training re-
gularly in all kinds of weather
to best prepare themselves for
the varied conditions in Weymouth.

Asenathi has passed on his experience and knowledge of sailing conditions in Weymouth which will prove invaluable in pre-
paring for this gruelling five-day event.