Many thanks to Tim for sharing this great news about young Island sailor Haydn Sewell. Ed
Young Isle of Wight sailor, Haydn Sewell, from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, has been selected to represent Team GBR as a member of the Optimist sailing team that will compete at the 2013 Irish Nationals, in Dún Laoghaire on 15-18 August.
Selection for the team criteria was based on combined rankings from the Optimist End of Season and Winter Championship that took place last year with the top 20 sailors in the country aged 12 and under being invited to join the British Team.
Highest ranked 12 year old sailor
In his first main fleet event (after moving up from the regatta fleet) Haydn, aged 10, finished 25th out of 208 in the End of Season and 23rd out of 101 in the Winter Championships to make him highest ranked sailor, aged 12 and under, from the two events.
Over the winter Haydn has been training regularly having secured a place in the RYA South Zone Training Squad at the end of last year and faces his first major event of the season, the Spring Championships on 2-3 March.
Haydn’s winter training has been supported by Gurit through the Excellence Award he won last year and by Wight Link Ferries through their sponsorship of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.