Connor on the crest of a wave in Madeira

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Former Crossley Heath school pupil Connor Bainbridge, aged 18, had a fantastic start to the season in the European Men’s RS:X Windsurfing Championship in Madeira.

As this was his first event after a winter training on land, when many of his contemporaries had spent months in Australia on the water, nerves were high.

However, Bainbridge soon got into his stride and consistently held his first British sailor position for the week, posting some impressive results.

In an Olympic year, when all the sailors have a lot to prove, it was a great performance.

He finished the week as top British sailor, fourth among the under 21s and 21st overall - a position he was thrilled with.

It leaves him in good heart for the National Ranker event in Weymouth this weekend and more importantly the world championship in Cadiz, Spain, which he flies out to next week.

As well as competing, Bainbridge is trying to complete his A levels, making it a juggling act.