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posted 20 Nov 2014, 07:22 by

Sailing Success for Dylan Walendy-Wrigley

Dylan (15) has been a cadet member at Harwich Town Sailing Club since he was very young, sailing with his family. He has taken part in the club's RYA sponsored  junior training sessions whilst he attended primary school. Two years ago he took part in the Eastern Zone Championships at Alton Water and from there progressed to race in his first national event at Carsington Water, Derbyshire, with well over 150 boats.

This encouraged him to take part in all of the national events for 2013 which took him all over the country including the Olympic sailing base at Weymouth which brought him to the attention of national selectors. At the end of the 2013 season (September 2013) Dylan was offered a place in the RYA Junior National Intermediate Squad and has not looked back since.  Throughout the winter of 2013/14 he trained regularly with the help of his national coach. Dylan's success is not only down to his unquestionable sailing talent but also his extremely high level of personal commitment and regular training. Of course this would not have been possible without a similar commitment from his family, his school and his coaches. The family car has towed his boat all over Britain adding several thousand miles to the clock.

This first full year made a huge improvement to Dylan's sailing. During the 2014 season he won the Eastern Area Topper Championships,  the Eastern Area Topper Traveler Series winning all 7 of the events to count, and the Eastern Topper Zone Championships and the Royal Harwich Cadet Race Week Topper Trophy.  Dylan has also started the 2014/15 season in cracking style with a 1st place in the first of the topper national series.

Dylan is now at a crossroads in his sailing career. While he still has the commitment to perform well in the Topper events this year he will need to move into a youth class
dinghy if he is progress. Currently he is seeking sponsorship and any financial help to aid his move to the highly competitive and demanding 29er skiff class. This is the feeder boat to the Olympic 49er class. Dylan has his sights set on reaching the GBR Olympic Team and we at Harwich Town Sailing Club wish him the very best of luck.

Contact Information: 

D Tovell (Sailing Secretary HTSC) 01255 503350

R Everett (Commodore HTSC) 01255 242638

Adam Cockerill (RYA Head Coach)

Paul Wren (RYA High Performance Manager – Eastern Area)