Exton youngster Max Christie sails to Italian success
PUBLISHED: 12:42 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 31 July 2018
A youngster who attends St Peter’s Prep School in Lympstone is back in his Exton home after sailing to success in Italy.
Maximilian Christie is a tender 10 years old, but is already showing signs of being a star of sailing.
The youngster won the Trofeo Avis Michela Righi 2018 - an annual Optimist Regatta – held in Tuscany, Italy.
Max came first in a field of 57 with the ages of his fellow sailors ranging from nine to13. Max was competing in the event for Donoratico Sailing Club, and it is only the second time they have won this race.
Max began sailing optimists when he was just four years old and then living in The British Virgin Islands (BVI) where he would spend many a hit and humid day sailing round the beautiful islands in that region. In September 2013, Max moved back to the UK and started sailing Laser Picos at SailExmouth.
Max’s mother, Alida, says: “Fraser and Naomi at SailExmouth have been a huge and important inspiration to Max and there is nothing that can’t be solved by heading down to their little sailing club and setting sail onto the Exe.
“Max’s race training is done mainly at the Exe Sailing Club (ESC) where he sails his Topper (The Sea Falcon) and he enjoys competing regionally in his Topper at regular events around the South West.
“In the future he hopes to sail catamarans and maybe even try hydrofoils!”