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Harry Blowers shortlisted for the 2016 Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards

Harry provides an update on his training from the Dorset coast:

“A couple of exciting pieces of news to report. My place has been confirmed on the Olympics potential podium pathway squad, heading to Tokyo in 2020. Whilst it’s what I’ve been training for and expecting, it’s still fantastic news.

“I’m also thrilled to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Isle of Wight Sports Achievement Awards which will be hosted by Lord Grade on 16th March 2017.

“I’ve been in Weymouth since September training five days a week. Our exercise follows a regular pattern; in the gym first thing followed by some aerobic training and then out on to the water; in the afternoon, we have a short rest followed by a second gym session.

“Last week, it was freezing out on the water. We had one of the coldest and windiest days of the year. Not wearing enough clothes nearly got me into trouble but everything was OK in the end. I’ve learnt my lesson!

“Training continues into February and then the squad is heading to Palma in Majorca for the start of the World and European qualifiers. We will be in Palma for about three weeks, with training camps booked on each side of the competition week. I’m really looking forward to the sailing and of course the warm weather".

“The highlight of last week was Alex Thompson’s second place success in the 2017-17 Vendee Globe round the world race. He spent over 74 days on his single-handed yacht, a big contrast to my type of racing that takes place during single day heats with up to 70 competitors. At one point, he was leading and we couldn’t believe it when his boat’s hydrofoil was ripped off. But he managed to keep going and come in just 15 hours behind the winner. He’s a fantastic inspiration.”

Antony Bream, Managing Director of Highlight, says, “Being shortlisted for the Isle of Wight Achievement Awards is excellent news. Everyone at Highlight is delighted and proud to be Harry’s sponsor and we follow his progress with great interest. As sailing enthusiasts, we believe there are many synergies between sailing and the world of business and technology. Both require a deep understanding of all the variables and a clarity of vision to steer through what are usually very unpredictable conditions.”