Thursday, August 1, 2013
This week, Laser sailor Ben Cornish of Exe Sailing Club is preparing for the National Championships, to be sailed at Paignton from August 3 to 9, writes Mike Rice.
Cornish is a member of the ‘podium potential squad’ of the British Sailing Team, and has worked hard this year to qualify for entry to the European Championships in September in Dublin and the World Championships which take place in November in Oman.
His ultimate goal is selection for the single British place to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
At the Paignton nationals Cornish will be using a brand-new sail, sponsored by the Budleigh Salterton Lions Club.
He is seeking similar forms of support for the upcoming majors (European/World Championships) and would love to hear from local businesses or organisations who feel they may be able to help.
Iain Horlock, another of Exe Sailing Club’s successful young sailors, has recently returned from a trip to Italy where he competed in the Contender World Championships.
The Contender is a powerful, single handed dinghy, sailed from a trapeze, which demands both agility and strength.
The World Championships, held on Lake Como in Northern Italy, attracted a record entry of 183 boats.
Conditions over the week varied from no breeze at all to a challenging 20 knots.
Horlock finished in 35th place overall and 10th British boat, a very creditable result.
This coming weekend (August 2 to 4) the club will be hosting the Comet Trio National Championships.
The two-person Comet Trio is the most popular class of dinghy at Exe SC and the competition will be intense throughout the fleet.
Look out for a report on the championships in next week’s Journal.
For details of all events at the club, visit the website at www.exe-sailing-club.org