I am a competitive Topper sailor and now a part of Team Allen. I have been racing on the national circuit for two years and have been selected to join RYA Topper National Junior Squad.
My home club is Silver Wing Sailing Club based near Heathrow and I also train at Queen Mary Sailing Club. My recent achievements include: coming 5th at Poole National Series 1; winning the South East Topper Zone Champs and winning both the Queen Mary Sailing Club and Bosham Sailing Club Topper Open events.
Allen Brothers generously support me with high quality racing equipment for my Topper so I can rig my boat effectively with the knowledge that the products have been rigorously tested by some of the best sailors in the world.
Last weekend I trained with national squad at Rutland Sailing Club. There was a good breeze and we sailed both days with the aim of improving tactics and strategy.
My ambitions for the coming year include achieving a top ten place in the upcoming Topper National events. I hope that I can win some of the regional Topper Traveller events but there are some very good sailors in the region. I will be attending the Topper Worlds, to be held in China, which will be a fantastic sailing opportunity and even better if I get a good placing. Here’s hoping that I will get some good results in 2018.
James Peters and Fynn Sterrit 2017 Review
2017 has been a breakthrough year for Fynn and I. The Princess Sofia Regatta in April of this year was our first major regatta win. The style of sailing was typical of that in Palma; the thermal winds there demand consistent starts, clever positioning for clear air and the capitalisation of any small gains on the fleet. It was a tight finish but we nonetheless came away with the trophy.
June brought with it the World Cup Final in Santander. Once again we used our strength on the startline combined with an ability to manage the risk associated with changeable conditions to come out on top by the end of the week.
Come July and the European Championships in Kiel were upon us. We sailed a solid week and came away with an Open bronze and European silver medal. With no sailing on the final day, we unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to fight for the gold, but nonetheless, we were very happy with this result.
September brought the climax of the year, the World Championships in Porto. Fog and light winds made for a very relaxed (yet somewhat restless!) start to the championship with no racing for two whole days. When we finally got going, we once again kept our nerves at bay, sailing convincingly and coming away with a silver medal.
2018 will be a year closer to the Tokyo Games, the competition will be tougher, but obviously we intend to rise to this and challenge for the top once again. We are lucky to have an incredible support network around us. Allen Brothers is very much part of that team and we are very grateful to everyone at Allen Brothers to have their support going forwards. Our 49er quite simply has to be kitted out with the best hardware on the market. Working with Allen certainly ensures that box is ticked.