Peter Barton & Heather Chipperfield - 2014 RS500 UK ChampionsProfile:
Peter & Heather teamed up in April 2013 with the exciting goal of a 'crash' course for Heather to master trapezing in the 4 months run up to the Swedish World Champs. That all went well and having podiumed at 2 World Champs and winning the 2014 UK Champs they are now looking forward to the World Champs in Holland in 2015. Tips:
Start well and sail fast.
Let others make the mistakes.
Never start a tack with the jib cleated.
Be nice to your fellow competitors.
Alex Taylor - helm - Budworth Sailing club
Twice Laser 2 National Champion and 2nd at Worlds
Winner of BUSA match racing championship and student nationals (Laser 2s) when at University
RS 500 national champion 2009 & 2011.
Current RS 500 European and World Champion
Fireball open winner and 5th at worlds 2011.
Twice 7th place finishes at Endeavour trophy.
Make time to practice away from racing. 1 hour focussed training can be worth 10 hours racing.
Keep a sailing diary and record what you learn - don't make the same mistake twice.
Sail the boat flat. The flatter you are the faster you go.