National sailing success for Perse pupil
6 Dec 2018
Picture: Gerhard Batur
Joey Taylor (Year 9) is aiming high after making a great start to life in the RS Feva sailing class at the UK Winter Championships in Weymouth.
Representing Blackwater Sailing Club, the Perse pupil linked up with Terry Hacker (Hunts SC) coming fourth in a field of 55 boats in what was their first major competition in an RS Feva – a two-person vessel designed for junior duos or one adult/one child pairs.
With the overall results decided on each team’s best five placings during the six-race series, held over two days, Joey and Terry narrowly missed out on the podium. However, Joey was proud of their efforts, which included two second-place finishes in individual races.
He said: “I was really happy with the result. It was cold and very windy, so it was very hard. It’s really tricky to be consistent over all six races because there are a lot of things that can go wrong, such as the way the wind is shifting and the bias on the start line, but we were hoping we’d do well so we were very pleased.
“I was getting too big for my last boat (an Optimist), so Terry and I did some training in the RS Feva and this was our first main event in that class. I’ve known Terry for a very long time. We learned to sail at the same place and we’ve come up through the Oppies as part of regional squads and doing overseas events and we’re just transitioning to the RS Feva now.”
Joey, who began sailing at Hunts SC aged just three, has now set his sights on representing Great Britain with Terry at the PA Consulting World RS Feva Championships in Italy in July 2019.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be a tough competition, but we have a chance of doing really well because Britain has the most RS Feva boats in the world, so we get the best training.
“I love the competition, but I enjoy sailing as much for the social side, making friends from around the country. Last year, I did four overseas events and you see people from other countries at each one. It’s great to gradually get to know them and become friends with them.”