Rockfish & Sailing

Rockfish & Sailing

At Rockfish we’re big supporters of our local sailing and watersports communities, first sponsoring young sailor Henry Bomby in 2009 in his solo sail Round Britain & continuing through to his challenges for the prize in the Solitaire de Figaro offshore racing.  We're also actively involved in providing kit & sails, boats & more to the juniors at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club & Brixham Junior Sailing Club. Inspired by these young people, their sailing and their stories, we continue our support of them, find out more about each of them here. 

Connor Myers - Brixham Junior Sailing Club

Connor approached us with an articulate and impassioned plan asking us to support his aim to represent Team GB at Tokyo 2020.  A young man with absolute determination & drive he has shown great resolve & ingenuity working with very limited resources and we wanted to be part of helping him make a success of his bid. In 2017 Rockfish have bought Connor a boat to start on that bid & support him along his way. In addition The John Merricks Sailing Trust have given Connor a grant towards some one to one training. So this could be a very exciting year for Connor.

Find out the latest news on what Connor is up to here >

Lauren Paton & Julia Barnes RS Feva Ladies World Champions

We started supporting Royal Torbay Yacht club juniors Lauren Paton (crew) & Julia Barnes (helm) in 2015, the year they scooped top prize at the Ladies World Championships in Santander for the Feva dinghy class. We are continuing working with them and have just bought a new Spinnaker sail for them. See our interviews with them below

Ethan Gerrell & Tom Barnes - Royal Torbay Yacht Club 

Ethan Gerrell & Tom Barnes were selected to represent Great Britain in the Endeavour Regatta at the Americas cup in Bermuda in June 2017 and won the live televised race which was run between races 3 and 4 of the main America's Cup. An amazing achievement! We are helping with kit and spreading the word about their ambitions and achievements. We've just bought a new Spinnaker sail for them too. See more about them below. See Ethan's Youtube channel for training videos >

Henry Bomby

In 2009 when local Kingswear sailor Henry Bomby was 18 we gave him a small sponsorship to help sail his Contessa 26 solo around Britain. Since then Henry has grown through the ranks of offshore sailing after being selected by the Artemis sailing academy and we continued to support him then by partnering with RTYC Joe Wood's sailing team "Red"in 3 Solitaire de Figaro circuits. The Figaro is considered one of the toughest offshore racing circuits involving multiple stop overs across the channel and out into the Bay of Biscay, it attracts some of the finest sailors in the world. In the last series Henry came in as the highest placed Brit since 1978 in one of the legs. We are proud of our association with Henry and all that he has achieved, his ambition on the water matches ours in our restaurants.  Henry is a great ambassador for sailing and the local community and is working with Connor (above) to help guide and advise him where he can. See Mitch and Henry talk about Henry's experiences here. 

Morgan Peach & Rhos Hawes have sights on 2020 Olympics

Two more sailors who we sponsor locally are Morgan Peach and Rhos Hawes who teamed up a couple of years ago and are now racing in 49ers with their sites firmly set on Tokyo 2020. The under 23 rowers have both just graduated from university and are now training full time with some big challenges on their way to Tokyo 2020.

 

Ethan Gerrell Interview >

Connor Myers Interview >

Julia Barnes Interview >

Lauren Paton Interview >

Tom Barnes Interview >

Rhos Hawes Interview >

Morgan Peach Interview >