When I was eight years old, I learnt to sail on an Optimist on the Scharmützelsee near Berlin. Four years later, I moved to the Netherlands where I delivered newspapers to buy my first dinghy.
My choice of university was largely based on whether there was any water near it. Southampton was an obvious choice and it was here that I first saw ›big boats‹. While completing my degree, I often traded the lecture hall for the deck of a(ny) boat.
»I first read about the Transat 650 and its sailors when I was twelve, and ever since then, it’s been on the back of my mind.«
I sailed my first Classe Mini regatta on rather short notice in Belgium. After struggling to catch the ferry at Dover and leaving my bike in Calais, I managed to hitch a ride on one of those excentric skimming dishes. After the race I knew that the Mini Transat would be my next big goal.
- Young sailor of the year 2009 (JOG England)
- This award was first given to Matthew Humphries in 1991. He is still the youngest person to ever skipper a yacht in the Whitbread Round the World Race (now known as the Volvo Ocean Race).