My summer started with the OK Europeans as part of Kiel week, my first major international OK event which I really enjoyed, competing against the top OK sailors was inspiring and the event ended on a high as I won the Junior (first under 23) title. With the World Championships coming to the UK in 2022 there is much hard training to be had in order to make the team and challenge the old-guard!
On the 25th of February 2018, the Axbridge community, Mayor and Town Council along with dignitaries from Somerset met at the Church in the centre of the Town on a beautifully clear sky day to celebrate the achievements of Year 12 Kings of Wessex student Jamie Harris and others.
After teaming up with Helm Tom Collyer just before the Squad Selector in Weymouth, Jamie and Tom performed well especially for a new pairing (who’s first event was the Selector). The invitation for Youth Squad followed, with the first camp being back in Weymouth over the half-term, in which Jamie learnt huge amounts after recently transitioning from helming to crewing.
This Summer has been action packed. Starting with the 420 French nationals in Crozon which we used as preparation for the 420 Europeans in Athens. Athens was a tough event as the wind was light and shifty (apart from one day!). Since then I have won the Laser Radial event at Waldringfield Cadet week and sailed the RS200 nationals where we finished 40th (10th youth).
In a glittering ceremony on Friday 16th June at Taunton Rugby Club, ITV’s Somerset correspondent, Ben McGrail, presented awards to the county’s inspirational sporting volunteers and coaches, outstanding athletes and quality clubs at the SASP 2017 Somerset Sports Awards.
The TS5C Young Sportsperson of the Year Award, sponsored by sport’s charity TS5C, was presented to 16 year old sailor, Jamie Harris from Axbridge.