|Né le 18 Mars 1986
Vit à Lopen, Somerset (UK)
Site Mary Rook
Figaro Bénéteau 2, n°37
Skipper Artemis Offshore Academy
I grew up on a dairy farm in Somerset and have always loved the outdoors. As a child I learnt to sail, well actually I learnt how to race from my dad who as a fierce competitor didn’t appreciate cruising about from the outset. Soon sailing took over from other school sports as my main passion. I went onto represent GBR at youth level in world and European championships all around the world.
After Graduating from Exeter University in 2008 with a degree in Sport & Exercise Science I got selected for the British Olympic Sailing Team.
I spend the next 8 years working with Britain’s best sailors, coaches, and support staff and went onto win several World, European and National titles, across a number of different sailing disciplines.
Throughout my Olympic career I have been lucky enough to intersperse dinghy sailing with yacht racing and have loved learning the different tactical and crew work challenges that big boat sailing poses.
Having decided to move on from dinghy sailing and looking for the next challenge I was struck by how competitive and intense the racing was in single handed racing and nothing represents that more than in the Figaro class. This is not a task to be undertaken lightly as racing in this class is strictly one design, everyone has the exact same boat so every gain has to be found from tactical decisions and precise sail trim. Battling out between many absolute legends of the sport and will involve little, to no sleep and total isolation for 20 days of sailing.
I have now been selected as part of the Artemis Offshore Academy, the premier British school for developing offshore sailors. Under their guidance I will endeavor to make my debut into the extremely competitive and high profile world of offshore professional single handed sailing.
The climax of this year of training will be the Solitaire du Figaro race. This is a grueling 2015 mile race between five European ports known as the unofficial world championships of solo offshore sailing. Having never sailed solo before joining the Academy, I have my work cut out to prove myself a worthy Rookie (first time competitor) in both training and race preparation and earn myself a place on the Solitaire start line and line up alongside some of the world’s best solo offshore competitors come June 2016.
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