Nick Robins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne
AT just two weeks old Billy Vennis-Ozanne underwent open heart surgery after hospital staff noticed his main two heart blood vessels were connected in the wrong place. Although the surgery was successful, he had to be monitored closely by doctors well into his teenage years. Billy is now a leading competitor in the 29er class with a string of international successes.
2017 was a successful year for Nick Robbins and Billy Vennis-Ozanne so far. Starting off by improving on their result in last year’s RYA Youth Nationals with a Silver in the 29er Class at Hayling Island, The Team Allen sailors fought down to the wire in a close match, but were ultimately unable to better the performance of James Hammett and James Eales. they then went on to the 29er Worlds in California where they sailed most of the week ranking in the top 7 but an unfortunate last day saw them drop to 14th overall. With barely enough time to get over there jet lag they where back to the UK for the Nationals at WPNSA. With conditions suiting them they managed to top off a winning week by winning the last race of the regatta. The 2017 season finishjed with 2nd in the 29er Nationals.