When and where did you start sailing?
Started Sailing in Torquay aged 8
Why did you start sailing?
Started sailing as my Dad is a keen sailor, then got involved with the RTYST (Royal Torbay Youth Sailing Trust) and found the Trust really helpful and engaging so carried on from there!
Which club do you belong to?
Royal Torbay Yacht Club.
How long have you been at the current club?
Do you have a history of sailing in your family?
In my family only my Dad sails, but my family do have a tendency to be involved in sport with my Mum having been a professional table tennis player.
What do you actually do?
From the outside full time sailing looks like just spending time on the water every day, but its much more then that, each training block has a specific purpose which tries to give us an advantage on the racecourse. There is also a physical aspect so we like to keep on top of our fitness as a team by hitting the gym. Lastly, we have a technical aspect, which involves looking after the boat and making sure we are always trying to find better gear, which will hopefully lead to better pace!
How many times a week do you train on the water?
On the water we like to get out around 5 days a week in the 49er but also love sailing all other types of boat and just generally being out on the water.
And off the water?
Off the water a lot of our activity is based in the gym and trying to keep fit, I like to say I go 4-5 times a week…
What are your ambitions, what are you trying to achieve, in 1 year, 5 years?
In the short run it’s all about learning and developing as quickly as possible through pushing and challenging ourselves daily. We will however compete at junior events that provide a more objective measure to see how we stand in our age group. Longer term all eyes are set on an Olympic medal.
Who is your role model/s? in the sailing world, other?
Michael Phelps – Due to his ability to give more then anyone else!
What’s your favourite fish?
Cod – cant beat Cod and Chips
Any mishaps or funny stories from sailing/on the boat?
When sailing boats such as the 49er there is always funny stories, most recently I found myself at a mark with someone else’s boat in-between my legs, which then swept me out of our boat and into the water! Im also quite renowned for falling out of the boat so I guess that’s quite funny, although Rhos may disagree.
Competition stats, info, what have you entered, won, achieved?
Currently studying in what year and where?
Just graduated from The University of Exeter with a 2:1 in Business management.
What will you do next for study / work?
FULL TIME SAILING!
Your sailing club website?
Who is your coach?
What competitions and training are coming up over the next 4 months?
Two biggest events coming up are the Senior Worlds in Denmark, which will have the top 90 boats in the world who have qualified, after that is the under 23 worlds, which gives us the chance to show our potential.
If someone wanted to see you training could they? Where/how?
We train mostly on the south coast in place such as Torquay, Weymouth, Poole and Southampton, so can often be found in these places. Also any national ranker will have us and the rest of the British Sailing Team competing at.
How did you meet Mitch?
First met Mitch with my Dad where we took out his boat, which was fun and a new experience, we have kept in contact from there. He’s a great guy and its been really good getting to know him better.
What does the sponsorship with us mean to you? ie what real difference will it make? (you can work less and put more effort into training, you can show off your boat…etc!)
This sponsorship means a lot to us, at this level equipment is such an important aspect of the sport and our support is being used to help have world-class equipment, so that we know on race day its us vs the competitors and our boat doesn’t stand in the way.
What’s your motto?
Champions are made when no one is watching.