Wells on course to rule the world again

Stars in the making: Elliott Wells and Jake Todd
Stars in the making: Elliott Wells and Jake Todd
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At 12 years of age, Elliott Wells already boasts one world championship success.

Now the talented youngster can afford to dream of a second all-conquering title after his latest triumph on the water.

The exciting Hayling Island Sailing Club member bagged his third British crown at the RS Feva National Championships at Southend-on-Sea last month.

Accompanied by crewman and club-mate Jake Todd, the duo saw off stiff competition from 92 other pairings to lift the prestigious title at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club.

It was the perfect boost ahead of the RS Feva World Championships at Marina di Grosseto in Italy on July 19-26.

Not that the St John’s College pupil needs reminding how good he is – despite his tender age.

A world title back in 2011 in the single-seater RS Tera class underlined Wells’ undoubted potential.

Meanwhile, his switch to Feva territory, alongside Todd, 15, failed to stump his emergence, with the duo proving a high-class partnership whatever the conditions.

In the past couple of months alone, the double act added their second Euromed Regatta glory, Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Zone Championships success and the Irish National Championships title to their already impressive CVs.

Now their attention is turning to Italy.

However, a modest Wells is refusing to take anything for granted.

‘It will depend on the weather,’ he said, looking forward to next month’s event.

‘I’ve also never sailed against many of those competing, apart from the Russians or the sailors from Malta, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

‘But we really want to do well.

‘Last year, when the championships were at Hayling Island, we did really badly.

‘There were light wins and I couldn’t get our start sorted.

‘But hopefully there will be better conditions this year as I’m really excited about going.’

Wells started sailing as a six-year-old, with the help of dad Rob, at Chichester Harbour.

By the age of eight, he was winning club races and open events and showing his true potential in a tough sporting environment, so much so that he was quickly snapped up to become a member of the RYA National junior squad, where he still benefits from some of the world’s best coaching.

A pathway to the Olympic Games is there for Wells and Todd if they wish to pursue a career in sailing.

That could lead to international recognition and stardom.

But, according to dad Rob, his son has already made him proud.

‘Without a doubt, he’s a little superstar,’ he said.

‘Sailing is such a tough sport – you have got to want to do it and get out in the cold and wet miserable conditions if you want to pick up the rewards.

‘But Elliott and Jake have taken the challenge on and are focused on where they want to go and they are riding the crest of the wave.

‘They are really determined and motivated.

‘They sort out their own kit, sort the boat out when it’s not working and always make sure it is in good working order.

‘They don’t just possess talent but also the correct work ethic which is needed.

‘It’s just so pleasing to see him grow up and enjoy life and learn the values of life.

‘As his dad, I wish him the very best and hope he enjoys what he is doing.

‘The road is open for him in sailing and that’s great if it’s the road he wants to go down.

‘I just hope he’s able to give something back to the sport at some time in the future.’