๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ญ ๐’๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ž๐Ÿ ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ฌ

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐’๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐’๐ฒ๐๐ง๐ž๐ฒ – ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐จ๐ž๐ญ ๐’๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ž๐Ÿ ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ฌ
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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โ€œYou play with the elements,โ€ he says of sailing Laser Radials. โ€œYou play with the water, you play with the wind, play with the current, with the clouds everything,โ€ he says.
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โ€œAnd you also have to take care of the boat and you have to take care of yourself.
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โ€œYou learn a lot by sailing, that is why it is my favourite sport.โ€
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Sofiane is in Australia on a gap year, coaching at Woollahra Sailing Club and here to โ€œlearn Englishโ€ even though he can speak it perfectly.
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Home is Antibes (โ€œHave you visited? You mustโ€), 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. โ€œI can sail in the morning and go surfing in the afternoon,โ€ 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: โ€œGo to the Olympics and have medals there. And sail at the SailGP and Americaโ€™s Cup and steer those boats. That would be the dream.โ€

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