Perse pupil takes on Olympic sailing stars
18 Oct 2019
Joey Taylor (right)
Joey Taylor (Year 10) was on an even keel with Olympic opposition when he took part in the prestigious Endeavour Trophy sailing competition.
The annual event took place on the tidal waters of the Rivers Crouch and Roach in Essex and brought together the national title-holders from selected two-person dinghy classes to determine a ‘champion of champions’.
As such, Joey and crew mate Terry Hacker, who won the British RS Feva crown together in May, found themselves up against Team GB sailors such as 2016 Rio Olympian Ben Saxton, who won the Nacra 17 world title in 2017, and 2012 Olympic men’s 470 silver medallist Luke Patience.
All crews raced in an RS200 vessel – a boat designed for adults rather than youngsters – and faced tough conditions with light winds and strong tides on the first day and very strong winds on the second.
Joey and Terry finished a respectable 24th in a field of 30, as Ben Saxton, partnered by Toby Lewis, won the event for the fifth year in a row and a sixth time overall.