On January 4th 2017 Jamie Harris, the 16 year old sailor from Axbridge in Somerset, was crowned Cadet World Champion along with this crew mate Antonia Wilkinson. The title comes following 10 gruelling races in Buenos Aries, Argentina, where Jamie beat off strong local competition to win.
The Cadet boat is a two man dinghy raced by a helm (Jamie) and a crew (Antonia). This was the 50th Cadet World Championship and the GBR Cadet World Sailing Team was made up of 10 boats of 20 young sailors aged from 10 to 17 years from across the country.
Jo, Jamie’s mother, said: “By all accounts it was a difficult event, with varied tricky conditions on the river plate and some unexpected events such as Jamie's mast falling down when he was leading a race! It went to the wire with two strong Argentinian boats jostling for top spot but Jamie and Antonia kept their nerve and concentration and it paid off.”
Jamie is supported by Somerset sports charity, TS5C. Alan Gloak, chairman of TS5C, said: “this is such a brilliant start to the year. We are very proud of Jamie. These young athletes put so much into their sport and it is a huge commitment for the whole family, both financially and in terms of time. “
On returning home at the weekend Jamie said: "I have had an amazing experience in Buenos Aires and it is a dream come true to have won the 50th Cadet World Championships in Argentina with my crew Antonia. Thank you for all the support from TS5C which has played its part in helping me to achieve this.
“I am now looking forward to transitioning into the 420 class this year and continuing to work hard to improve my sailing."