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Sailing Chandlery have a number of sponsored sailors who sail a variety of boats.
You can read more about them below where we've detailed their profiles with a picture. If you see them at events make sure you say hello.
|Name||Class of Boat||More Info|
|Andrew Whapshott||49er||Coming soon|
|Chloe Barr||Laser Radial||Read more|
|Freya Black and Millie Aldridge||29er||Read more|
|George Coles||Laser/Finn||Read more|
|George Cousins||Laser||Coming soon|
|Isabella Ferneyhough||Topper 4.2||Coming soon|
|Jack Graham-Troll||Laser 4.7||Coming soon|
|James Foster||Laser Radial||Read more|
|Jamie Cook||420||Read more|
|Jason Rickards||Musto Skiff||Read more|
|Joe Blaker||RS Feva/RS Tera||Coming soon|
|Sam Blaker||RS Feva/RS Tera||Read more|
|Sam Whaley||Laser & Waszp||Read more|
|Tom Burke||RS Feva||Read more|
|Trevor Chanter||National 18||Read more|
|Ross Thompson||420 & 470||Read more|
|William Harrison||Nacra 15||Read more|
Stokes Bay Sailing Club
I have been around boats since I was about six, my mum had been a keen sailor herself and so encouraged my sister and I to get involved. I think I learnt to sail at about seven, going through the RYA sailing stages at Lee on the Solent Sailing Club and then learning to race at Hill Head Sailing Club.
Although it hurts, you cant beat Laser racing
Windy, because I've always just been a little bit bigger/heavier than the average sized Laser sailor in England.
Freya - Hayling Island
Millie - Parkstone Yacht Club
Freya - I started sailing when I was 8 at Bewl Water as my elder sisters all sailed so I was encouraged into it. I hating sailing for a while as I was scared of the wind but i finally got over my fear at 9.
Millie - I started sailing because my family were into it, at my local club.
Freya - Lake Garda, Italy
Millie - Riva del Garda or Corpus Christi
Freya - 49er for the speed and the twin wiring!
Millie - The 49er, it's super quick.
Freya - Light winds as being a small girl team we are quick and its more reliant on tactics.
Millie - Windy is good fun to blast about, but prefer medium 10-15 winds to race in because the heavier people have a big advantage in the windy stuff.
I have recently moved into the Finn class although due to the current Olympic rethink I my have to move into a different boat if they remove the Finn from the Olympics. I also have a lowerider international moth and an RS600 I sail aswell.
My home club is Carsington Sailing club in Derbyshire, I am currently at uni so I’m sailing out of Mengeham Rythe sailing club on Hayling Island.
I first started sailing at 3 years old at Carsington Sailing club as my mum and dad had a boat there, I then learnt to sail at Ogston Sailing club before moving back to Carsington when I started racing toppers nationally.
My best sailing location must be Lake Garda in Italy because of the constant wind, however the racing there is just who can get to the cliffs first so for that reason I would say Weymouth has some for the best racing conditions I have sailed in.
This is a hard decision as the Finn is the best boat I have ever raced as it can be set up to suit most weights for most winds, meaning the racing is so close and the boats are so nice to sail. However my Axeman 2 lowrider international moth has probably put the biggest smile on my face while sailing, but I’m yet to make it all the way round a race course in it.
My preferred wind speed would be 12-15 knots as it’s easily enough wind to be hiking but your not having to let power out of the sail, and in the finn this is perfect pumping weather making the down winds very fun but also very tiring.
Poole Yacht Club
Encouragement from friends and family lead me to start sailing at Poole Yacht Club back in 2011.
Windy weather is always great fun and I love that putting in just a little more effort, can make a massive differnce to boat speed.
I currently sail the 420 class and have been in it since last September. Before the 420 I sailed in an optimist for 8 years. I chose to move into the 420 because of the technical aspect of the boat, which I really enjoy. I plan to sail the 420 for the next few years, hopefully I can compete at the top of the fleet for that time.
I sail on my home waters of Cardiff bay, the club is great for learning to sail and the training school has helped lots of young sailors progress to national and international levels over the past few years.
I started sailing in Cardiff bay at the age of 6. For the first year I spent a lot of my time drifting around the bay picking up basic skills before I started sailing more competitively. I started sailing because at the time I was the only person in my family who didn't sail. Both my parents were a huge influence due to their sailing success.
My best sailing location would easily be Bermuda. I sailed there two years ago in an optimist. The island is amazing and there are some many breathtaking views. Whilst I was sailing there I had the privilege of sailing alongside the America's cup boats.
The best boat that I have sailed is an Extreme 40, I had an opportunity to helm one of the boats when they visited Cardiff a few years ago. However, my dream is to one day sail on one of the Volvo ocean race boats.
100%, my favourite winds are windy. I think it makes the sport so much more exciting and challenging.
Castle Cove SC
Frensham Pond SC
I started sailing at frensham when I was 6 on a course I got for my birthday.
Lake Garda in Italy
The best boat I’ve sailed has got to be the 470. It’s so balanced and feels so quick compared to the 420.
My favourite wind speed is 20-25knots or more (especially in the 420). In these conditions everything happens so much quicker and it really challenges everyone’s ability to handle the boats whilst still being able to make tactical decisions. It’s why i love the sport.
RS Feva and RS Tera
Benfleet Yacht Club
I started sailing from a very early age on my parents yacht and I started dinghy sailing at the age of 7 in an optimist. Every year in the summer I took part in our yacht clubs ‘cadet week’ which I really enjoyed and learnt many skills which have been very beneficial for me to improve and develop as a sailor.
I started sailing because I love the water and enjoy being out with friends. I also started to sail as I am very competitive and love to race against the best sailors in the country.
My favourite Sailing location is Carnac in France. I competed here in 2017 for the RS Tera World championships where I finished in 14th position. I really like this venue as it is right out at sea and the waves are really big which makes downwind sailing really fun.
My favourite boat I have ever sailed was a Hurricane. I love sailing this boat as being out on the wire is incredible and it is really fast.
Windy conditions (15knots +) are my favourite as I love to go fast, and I sail better in those conditions. I also love to sail on the sea with the waves.
Swanage Sailing Club
I started sailing at Swanage Saturday training, mainly because my family were into sailing.
Nothing quite beats sailing back home in Swanage.
Laser for the racing but my Waszp comes close for pure excitement and speed!
Windy weather is so much fun but I also love a good light and shifty race for the mental test.
I sail and rs feva and laser radial but am transitioning in to and rs 200 and 29er
Coniston Sailing Club in the lake district.
I started sailing at coniston sailing club after an RYA push the boat out taster session. The reason I started sailing is because I loved being around and in the water so decided that I should give it a go.
My best sailing location is pwllheli sailing club in Wales because it is a great surrounding and a sailed with dolphins when I last sailed there.
The best boat I have ever sailed was a 49er this is because it is really fast and exciting to sail.
My preferred wind strength is around 20knotts because it is really hard work but fast and makes racing much more interesting.
National 18 (Ultimate)
Bough Beech SC, Nr Sevenoaks
Mark Warner holiday in Kos, it was free so I thought why not, I've been hooked ever since.
AC45, National 18 a close second.
F2 - Enough to propels the 18 at a reasonable speed but not enough to allow most planing boats to plane so we do much better in handicap racing as a result.
Marconi Sailing Club/Grafham Water Sailing Club
Getting involved with Marconi Cadet week where it was just about getting on the water.
Lake Garda is awesome especially when the Ora kicks in, but a sunny day on the River Blackwater when the tide is up and the wind is good comes a close second.
Dad’s Tornado of course.
20 Knots Plus – Going fast is just more fun