Harry Blowers, the Olympic potential podium squad member sponsored by Highlight, won the RYA Youth Match Racing Championships in Weymouth this weekend. We send him our congratulations and thank him for giving us an insight into his life as he sets his sights on the 2020 Olympics.
Antony Bream, MD of Highlight says, “It’s a real pleasure to follow Harry’s progress and witness his complete dedication. We’re also hoping some of Harry’s success in Weymouth will rub off on our Highlight team as they take to the Solent in the Silicon Cup on 14/15th Sept. We have three boats competing against over 250 sailors on 20 vessels in the hope of beating the 3rd position we achieved last year! http://www.britanniaevents.co.uk/industry-regattas/emc-silicon-cup/
“I’m sure the Highlight team will do us proud. They may not face the waves, tides and high winds in the office, but they certainly know how to battle unpredictable technology elements to steer a way to deliver clarity and visibility to our business users.”
Harry recently returned from the European U21 Championships in Croatia. He reports:
“The first few days were going OK and I was in a respectable 17th place. My aim was to get a top ten position. However, the wind dropped on the final day so we only managed a single race. I was set up for a good start when, with only 30 seconds to go, a group started early and got disqualified. In the process, they blocked my wind and delayed my start, so I didn’t get what I wanted. On the bright side, the sailing was good and Croatia was a really nice and friendly place.
“Weymouth was my next stop for the RYA Youth Match Racing Championships. This is very different to sailing my Laser and really nice to have a bit of diversity and to learn something new. In these races, two Elliot 6 Metre boats with three crew go head-to-head during the 25-minute race. This aim is to use the rules to control or shepherd your rival around the course and force them to foul. I’m thrilled to have won the match racing nationals so we are the new national champions.
“Next it’s back to full-time training. I’ll be in Weymouth training five days a week until Christmas. This will involve a sail every day if conditions allow as well as daily fitness sessions.”
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- Published: 06 September 2016