Solo sailor met by Suffolk pupils

CHILDREN at a Suffolk school met a solo sailor, thanks to their breakfast cereal. Pupils at Kingsfleet Primary School in Felixstowe won the opportunity to meet the 16-year-old yachtsman Seb Clover at their sports day after they entered a competition by Weetabix.

CHILDREN at a Suffolk school met a solo sailor, thanks to their breakfast cereal.

Pupils at Kingsfleet Primary School in Felixstowe won the opportunity to meet the 16-year-old yachtsman Seb Clover at their sports day after they entered a competition by Weetabix.

The day featured skipping, basketball and the more traditional sack race. All the teams were named after the houses from the Harry Potter books and, like the popular novels, Gryffindor House won with 1,800 points.

At the end of the sports day Mr Clover handed out prizes and certificates to the pupils in a special ceremony before giving a talk on his ocean voyage. The children then had the chance to ask questions, which ranged from how Mr Clover mended his boat while at sea to how he showered.

He said: "Sports days are an important part of all children's lives, mine was certainly a highlight of my school calendar. Weetabix sports days are a great way to encourage children to enjoy sport from an early age."

When Mr Clover completed his 2,700-mile round trip last year he was the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic. During his sail he ate Weetabix daily and one of his biggest fears was running out. To ensure this did not happen Weetabix made a special delivery to the Caribbean island where he finished his journey.

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