UKSA have celebrated the success of their Further Education students at their annual graduation ceremony held at the charity and maritime training centre’s base in Cowes.

The evening of celebration saw the students receive certificates of graduation in the presence of family members and the UKSA Further Education team of tutors.

The students, from across the UK and Europe, have been studying the full-time education programmes on offer at UKSA, that include the Sport and Physical Activities (Level 3), the Water Sports Instructor Traineeship and the Instructor Development Programme.

For the first time, UKSA also presented the Bernard Taylor Trophy, donated by Benzies of Cowes, to a student for going above and beyond with their achievements both on and off the water. The award was presented to Felix Trattner, 20, from Austria, who is on track to achieve the highest grade possible – a triple distinction. During his time at UKSA Felix has taken the opportunity to self-fund several extra watersports qualifications in addition to his studies. Felix is also the first student to set up a competitive student-only race team at UKSA.

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Aaron Wright, UKSA Education Co-Ordinator said: “Felix is a truly worthy candidate, displaying grit and determination to achieve his goals and also assisting others in doing the same. Felix and his crew regularly compete in the Tuesday Night Race Series and will be competing in several high-profile yacht races including Round the Island Race, the J80 World Championships and the Royal Southern Series.”

On receipt of the trophy, Felix said: “Thank you to UKSA for everything. I came to UKSA four years ago for work experience and thought I’d just stay for four weeks! I did every watersports qualification and every assignment I could here. I’m very happy to be here – but the time has gone so quickly!”

Aaron Wright added: “The Further Education Team at UKSA would like to congratulate all the learners and wish them all the best for the future. We look forward to seeing how their respective careers develop.”

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