Neilson supports Young Sailing Stars
Neilson sponsors GBR Cadet World Sailing Team for 2016 and 2017 World Championships
Neilson, the active holiday specialist, has been announced as the official sponsor of the GBR Cadet World Sailing Team ahead of the team’s participation in the 50th World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in December 2016 and in Bruinisee, Netherlands, in 2017.
The Neilson GBR Cadet World Team is made up of 20 young sailors aged from 10 to 17 years, split across 10 cadet boats, each with a helm and one crew. The UK Cadet class is one of the leading junior classes in the UK, providing young people with access to the sport and the opportunity and training to become top performing athletes. Many successful Olympic sailors started their sail-racing careers in the UK Cadet Class and the Royal Yachting Association, a world class governing body for sailing, fully supports the class. After podium places in the last four world championships, the Neilson GBR World Team is a strong contender to win the World Championship this year.
Thanks to Neilson’s sponsorship, the team will have access to the best youth racing in the world, affording them the chance to represent their country on an international level and inspiring the next generation of sailors. Sailing is synonymous with the Neilson brand; as one of original and flagship activities offered, it is deeply embedded within the company culture. Many members of the senior management team are still active in the sailing community and with such similar values, the opportunity to bring in the next generation of sailors was too perfect to miss.
David Taylor, Managing Director, Neilson commented;
"A number of sailors on the GBR Cadet team learnt how to sail and further developed their skills on Neilson Holidays so it’s a privilege to sponsor the team and enable these young people to pursue their passion, something which is central to the Neilson ethos. We are very proud to be putting something back into a sport which is obviously close to our hearts. I have every confidence that the Neilson GBR Cadet World Team will continue a proud tradition of British cadet sailors winning abroad and hopefully bring 2016 to a close with success in Argentina
As well as Royal Yachting Association certified dinghy sailing courses on its Beachclub holidays, Neilson also operates a range of ‘stay and sail’ and flotilla holidays around the northern and southern Ionian. The range of sailing activities on offer is designed to encourage Neilson guests to have a go at the sport whatever their level of experience.
Doug Targett, Chairman of the UK National Cadet Class, said;
"Neilson is the perfect partner for the GBR Cadet World Sailing Team and this sponsorship will make a meaningful difference to the competitors in Argentina. There is a great buzz around the team and I wish them all a following wind for their adventure to Buenos Aires"
The International Cadet Class is the only exclusively junior international racing class in the world. Thousands of children have learned to sail and race in the Cadet dinghy and the class has produced many Olympic medalists such as Ben Rhodes and Pippa Wilson. With 18 national associations, the Class has global reach and the annual world championships is the pinnacle of the year for young cadet
sailors around the world.
For further information please visit www.neilson.co.uk or call 0333 014 3350.
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Cadets at the 2016 Endeavour Trophy
Jamie and Bettine Harris represented the Cadet class at the historic Endeavour trophy for the 2nd
year running last month. As Cadet National Champion, Jamie was invited to take part in the famous race, the “champion of champions” held at the Royal Corinthian YC. He and Bettine were racing against Olympians Ben Saxton and Niki Birrell who were special guests amongst the fleet of 27 RS 200’s.
“It is a dream to be able to race against these sailing legends” said Jamie “and an honour to be representing the Cadets in this historic event”
It was Ben Saxton who took the title for the 2nd
year running although he didn’t dominate quite as he had last year. The slightly lighter autumn winds levelled the playing field a little and kept the racing very close indeed.
Jamie and Bee started well with a 2nd
place, pulling a tactical move on Merlin Rocket representative Roger Gilbert to overtake him at the final leeward mark. They finished the Saturday in 3rd
place overall and impressed amongst the stiff competition.
After the racing on Saturday Jamie said; “This is such a great experience and we did really well today. We have managed this boat much better than we expected and the power seems to be just perfect for us today. The conditions were very tidal and shifty but if we can manage the boat in similar conditions tomorrow we hope to do well.”
Saturday evening’s formal dinner included a brilliant speech from Niki Birrell about his Olympic experience in Rio. With tales of woe, fun, tension and humour, Niki had the fleet and supporters glued to his every word. After the speech he passed his Olympic medals around for all to see, a true inspiration.
Sundays racing was intense, with the racing so very close every tiny mistake lost some places, but as the competitors settled down for the prize giving Jamie and Bettine found that they had done enough to stay in 7th
place overall, the top junior sailors and beating the likes of the 420, Fevas, Varios, etc in the final list. They even managed to beat Niki and Johnny McGovern!
Please say a fantastic WELL DONE to the RYA OnBoard Sailor of the month - our very own JAMIE HARRIS
OB graduate Jamie Harris off to Argentina in December
He was scared of water as a child, but next month he once again heads to the Cadet Worlds in Argentina as two-time national class champion. Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club’s Jamie Harris, 15, is our OnBoard Sailor of the Month
For the full and frank interview click here!