π“π‘πž 𝐏𝐨𝐞𝐭 π’πšπ’π₯𝐨𝐫 𝐎𝐟 π€π§π­π’π›πžπ¬

π’π­π¨π«π’πžπ¬ 𝐨𝐟 π’πšπ’π₯ π’π²ππ§πžπ² – π“π‘πž 𝐏𝐨𝐞𝐭 π’πšπ’π₯𝐨𝐫 𝐎𝐟 π€π§π­π’π›πžπ¬
Written by Stephen Brook
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Sofiane Karim, is an 18-year-old French sailor, a sailing coach, and when it comes to describing his love of the sport, a poet.
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β€œYou play with the elements,” he says of sailing Laser Radials. β€œYou play with the water, you play with the wind, play with the current, with the clouds everything,” he says.
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β€œAnd you also have to take care of the boat and you have to take care of yourself.
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β€œYou learn a lot by sailing, that is why it is my favourite sport.”
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Sofiane is in Australia on a gap year, coaching at Woollahra Sailing Club and here to β€œlearn English” even though he can speak it perfectly.
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Home is Antibes (β€œHave you visited? You must”), between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, where the winds are lighter than Sydney Harbour and the water often choppier.
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Two months ago he swapped one beautiful sailing locale for another, for Sydney offers the additional pleasures of skating and surfing. β€œI can sail in the morning and go surfing in the afternoon,” he says.
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Tall at a young age, the Laser Radial suited him, but he is aiming for a Laser full rig or 49er, although he is a bit light for those at the moment but he is confident he can put some weight on.
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He was seven when he went on water for the first time, his stepfather booked him in for a holiday activity. The Summer holiday sailing camp lasted a week. But Sofiane immediately went back for a second week, and by the next month he returned a got a licence.
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Fast forward to now and Sofiane is sponsored by Banc Populaire. He dreams in the future of making enough money to live and sail.
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Also: β€œGo to the Olympics and have medals there. And sail at the SailGP and America’s Cup and steer those boats. That would be the dream.”

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