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North Hampshire sailor claims big win
8:00am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Sport
A NORTH Hampshire teenager put his sailing skills to excellent use by winning the 2012 Isle of Sheppey Round the Island race.
Jamie Brown is 15 and lives in Steventon. He won the Under-16 Helm Trophy at the event – at 40 miles thought to be the longest dinghy and sailboard race in Europe.
Brown took the helm, aided by his older sister, former race winner Amber, who acted as his crew.
The course sees competitors take on a number of different conditions, including sea, estuary and river sailing, with the highlight at a low railway bridge, where boats must be capsized in order to fit underneath.
The race began with Brown dodging rocks making his way along the island’s shoreline before turning into the River Swale, where light winds and strong tides made for more difficult sailing.
A 12-mile upwind section followed before Brown tackled the infamous railway bridge, showing excellent reactions to avoid other competitors also trying to navigate their way underneath it.
Having made it beyond all of these obstacles, the Bishop Challoner pupil completed the course without incident to claim victory.
It has been a busy year for Brown, who also claimed second place in the 26-mile Solent Slog event, with his father Chris the only man to beat him.
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