Drew Wright, age 13, from Much Wenlock, Shropshire has won the Optimist National Inland Championships held this year at Grafham, Cambridgeshire. Two hundred top competitors from across the UK, some travelling from as far as Scotland, battled it out over the weekend with Drew leading throughout to a nail biting finish. He won two of the six races and his lowest position counted was sixth. He is now ranked number one in Great Britain.
Drew attends William Brookes School in Much Wenlock and is a member of Chelmarsh Sailing Club near Brignorth. He was recently selected to represent Great Britain at the Optimist European Championships to be held at Pwllhelli in July with Great Britain hosting this event for the first time.
'This is a dream come true to be selected to represent Great Britain and then go on to win a national championship. The completion was really tough and I knew I had to be in the top seven in the last race. I would like to thank William Brookes School for making sure I keep up with school work and for supporting me and my training.'
The Optimist dinghy is the most popular class of boat sailed across the world by young people up to fifteen years old and is the RYA pathway to Olympic sailing. Ben Ainsley, Gold Medallist at the London Olympics, started his sailing career in an Optimist.
19 October 2015:
Drew was part of the winning junior team at the Eric Twiname national junior and youth team racing championships held at Oxford sailing club last weekend. The team was made up of his Optimist friends from all over the UK, but as you will see they were sailing… RS Fevas!
The Continuing Adventures of: Drew Wright
18 August 2015:
Drew has just had a great weekend at Lymington training for team racing with the top 9 GBR Optimist sailors and his national coach. Four of his team then flew out to Ledro near Lake Garda in Italy on the 18th for the 2015 Optimist European Team Racing Championships. Drew says:
‘This is a snap of me and the team at the opening ceremony. Four days of team racing starts tomorrow - should be great fun!’
29 July 2015:
‘This week it's the Optimist nationals at Pwlhelli and I've been here for the last 3 weeks. I thought the pressure would be off after the Euros finished last week but most of the overseas teams stayed and a number of international Worlds Teams have also arrived - so the competition is tough. I'm currently the 9th GBR boat with 2 days to go. The highlight was winning the 5th race of the regatta on Tuesday.
Next week I'm on a different kind of boat: cruising around the UK with my Grandad. After that is GBR team racing training at Lymington. Then I'm part of a 4 boat GBR team flying out for the European Optimist Team Racing Championships in Italy.’