Bettine Harris has spent her summer doing as much sailing as possible, starting off by representing Great Britain in the 420 at the world championships in Vilamoura, Portugal. Bettine and her sailing partner Megan Ferguson sailed successfully in strong winds to finish 24th overall in the ladies fleet against 70 other boats.
This event soon lead on to the European championships in Vilagarcia de Arousa in Spain, whilst there the winds proved challenging and Bettine and Megan ended up missing out on gold fleet, however they still sailed well and improved their positioning throughout the week’s event as they progressed onwards.
After returning back to the UK Bettine and her brother Jamie were straight off to Torquay for the RS 200 national championships. After a tiring week with heavy winds Jamie and Bettine managed to finish first junior boat against tough competition and they cannot wait to return again for the championships next year.
Coming up next for Bettine was the 420 national championships in Hayling Island, this was a new experience for her as it was the first time sailing with new helm Julia Staite who she will be sailing the 420 with in the upcoming season. Considering this was their first time sailing together it was a promising start as they finished 3rd under 17 girls together. Now they look forward to the autumn and winter champs to try and secure their place in youth squad together.
To finish off Bettine’s summer of sailing she stepped into a 470 for the first time with coach Neil Marsden. Sailing the Olympic class boat deemed challenging but fun and she is looking forward to progressing into the class after finishing 7th at the nationals this year.
Bettine would like to thank everyone who has helped support her sailing this year and have made it possible to compete at this level; including TS5C, Sedgemoor Council, Kings Sports Academy, Axbridge Parochial Trust and the help of my sailing club Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club.