Alexander was part of the RSA team of five sailors that represented South Africa at the Opti World Championships 2014 in Buenos Aires Argentina. Opti Worlds is the premier U16 sailing championship in the world with 51 countries sending their top youth sailors. The Rio del Plata race course was always going to be a big challenge for a young RSA team with very little experience of big fleet racing and dealing with courses with current. Racing was technically difficult with a huge emphasis correct positioning for the start in strong current and correctly calling the first persistent shift on the first beat. The racing format would be a three day qualifying series of fleet racing to determine the gold, silver and bronze fleets, followed by three days of seeded fleet racing to determine the final positions for the championship.
Alexander did really well in this championship securing a 129th position overall, the highest placed South African sailor and the highest placed sailor from the African continent. The experience gained at this championship was invaluable and having just turned 13 he potentially has two more Opti Worlds ahead of him.
Alexander has been awarded South African Sailing – Western Cape Regional Sailing Colours which will be presented at the SAS awards ceremony this weekend.