Sponsored Sailors

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

Chloe Barr

Chloe Barr - Sailing Chandlery Sponsored Sailor

Class of Boat

Laser Radial

Sailing Club

Stokes Bay Sailing Club

Why did you start sailing and where?

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.

Best Sailing Location

Stokes Bay

Best boat you've sailed

Although it hurts, you cant beat Laser racing

Preferred wind speed and why

Windy, because I've always just been a little bit bigger/heavier than the average sized Laser sailor in England.

Freya Black and Millie Aldridge

Freya Black and Millie Aldridge

Class of Boat

29er/49er

Sailing Club

Freya - Hayling Island

Millie - Parkstone Yacht Club

Why did you start sailing and where?

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.

Best Sailing Location

Freya - Lake Garda, Italy

Millie - Riva del Garda or Corpus Christi

Best boat you've sailed

Freya - 49er for the speed and the twin wiring!

Millie - The 49er, it's super quick.

Preferred wind speed and why

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.

George Coles

George Coles - Finn Sailing - Sailing Chandlery sponsored sailor

Class of Boat

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.

Sailing Club

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.

Why did you start sailing and where?

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.

Best Sailing Location

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.

Best boat you've sailed

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.

Preferred wind speed and why

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.

James Foster

James Foster - Laser Sailing - Sailing Chandlery sponsored sailor

Class of Boat

Laser Radial

Sailing Club

Poole Yacht Club

Why did you start sailing and where?

Encouragement from friends and family lead me to start sailing at Poole Yacht Club back in 2011.

Best Sailing Location

Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Best boat you've sailed

Nacra 15

Preferred wind speed and why

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.

Jamie Cook

Class of Boat

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.

Sailing Club

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.

Why did you start sailing and where?

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.

Best Sailing Location

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.

Best boat you've sailed

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.

Preferred wind speed and why

100%, my favourite winds are windy. I think it makes the sport so much more exciting and challenging.

Jason Rickards

Jason Rickards - Sailing Chandlery Sponsored Sailor

Class of Boat

Musto Skiff

Sailing Club

Castle Cove SC

Why did you start sailing and where?

I was lucky enough to start sailing with my primary school when I was about 5. We had a choice of either sailing or horse riding 
I went horse riding a few times but as my horse “Wally" would only eat the bushes I decided I wanted to sail instead.

Best sailing location

Weymouth at the moment 

Best boat you've sailed

I have sailed a multitude of things, when I was growing up I ended racing a lot of classic boats which included a jollyboat an uffa fox design and old merlins, when I say old, I mean really old. Then I moved onto crewing a new fireball for a long time which was amazing the racing was epic. I then got my break and had enough money together with the help of my old helm to buy my first skiff which was an RS600. I took to it pretty well and did alright in that getting a second at the nationals in Weymouth at the 2011 RS games and winning various open events.
 
Then came the Musto Skiff and what a boat and what a class. I am onto my second Musto Skiff and the class is just growing the racing is so close and intense the standard unbelievable and this is where I will stay for a while.

Preferred wind speed and why

I prefer it 15-20 range because in the Musto it starts showing how good your boat handling is and sets the men from the boys.

Ross Thompson

Ross Thompson - Sailing Chandlery Sponsored Sailor

Class of Boat

420

Sailing Club

Frensham Pond SC

Why did you start sailing and where?

I started sailing at frensham when I was 6 on a course I got for my birthday. 

Best Sailing Location

Lake Garda in Italy

Best boat you've sailed

The best boat I’ve sailed has got to be the 470. It’s so balanced and feels so quick compared to the 420.

Preferred wind speed and why

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.

Sam Blaker

Sam Blaker

Class of Boat

RS Feva and RS Tera

Sailing Club

Benfleet Yacht Club

Why did you start sailing and where?

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.

Best Sailing Location

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.

Best boat you've sailed

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.

Preferred wind speed and why

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.

Sam Whaley

Sam Whaley - Sailing Chandlery Sponsored Sailor

Class of Boat

Laser Standard

Sailing Club

Swanage Sailing Club

Why did you start sailing and where?

I started sailing at Swanage Saturday training, mainly because my family were into sailing.

Best Sailing Location

Nothing quite beats sailing back home in Swanage.

Best boat you've sailed

Laser for the racing but my Waszp comes close for pure excitement and speed!

Preferred wind speed and why

Windy weather is so much fun but I also love a good light and shifty race for the mental test.

Tom Burke

Tom Burke - RS Feva Sailing - Sailing Chandlery sponsored sailor

Class of Boat

I sail and rs feva and laser radial but am transitioning in to and rs 200 and 29er

Sailing Club

Coniston Sailing Club in the lake district.

Why did you start sailing and where?

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.

Best Sailing Location

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.

Best boat you've sailed

The best boat I have ever sailed was a 49er this is because it is really fast and exciting to sail.

Preferred wind speed and why

My preferred wind strength is around 20knotts because it is really hard work but fast and makes racing much more interesting.

Trevor Chanter

Class of Boat

National 18 (Ultimate)

Sailing Club

Bough Beech SC, Nr Sevenoaks

Why did you start sailing and where?

Mark Warner holiday in Kos, it was free so I thought why not, I've been hooked ever since. 

Best Sailing Location

BBSC

Best boat you've sailed

AC45, National 18 a close second. 

Preferred wind speed and why

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.

William Harrison

William Harrison - Sailing Chandlery Sponsored Sailor

Class of Boat

Topper/29er/Nacra 15

Sailing Club

Marconi Sailing Club/Grafham Water Sailing Club

Why did you start sailing and where?

Getting involved with Marconi Cadet week where it was just about getting on the water.

Best Sailing Location

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.

Best boat you've sailed

Dad’s Tornado of course.

Preferred wind speed and why

20 Knots Plus – Going fast is just more fun

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