About Jack

Jack has been sailing since he was 4 ½ years old, first starting out in a Mirror as a crew for his uncle. Progressing from the Mirror Jack went into his first Topper in July 2003, but also continued to crew in the Mirror for the 2005 Mirror Nationals at Poole.

In 2006 Jack entered his first single handed Nationals at Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy (WPNSA) in his Topper where he came 42nd out of 136 competitors in one of the races.

At age 10 Jack had outgrew the Topper and moved into a Laser Radial but had an ambition to join the Finn fleet.

In 2009 at 12 years old Jack started to borrow his uncle’s OK which is commonly known as the training boat for the Finn. After taking part in a few open meeting’s and managed a few races in borrowed boats at the 2010 Nationals.

In May 2011 Christchurch hosted the Finn Nationals. Jack was part of the safety crew. He sailed Andy Denison’s (British Finn Associations Chairman 2012) Finn back to the sailing club after a race and fell in love with it. Three months later he was sailing his own Finn, taking part in his first Finn open meeting aged just 13. Christchurch Sailing Club (CSC) has 10 Finns and a competitive fleet which is helping Jack to progress quickly. Four of the members qualified for the Gold Cup in Falmouth in 2012 and Jack worked hard with Rushworth Racing to compete as a junior. Jack had a great experience sailing against the worlds best at the 2012 Finn Gold Cup and broke a record for being the youngest person to ever compete.

To buy Jack’s first Finn he had to sell his Laser, and his dad sold his as well to help fund a year 2000 Devotti with a Needlespar rig. With the help of some close friends from the sailing club Jack now has a nearly new 2003 Devotti Finn with a loaned carbon fibre rig. Jack fell in love with the Finn after watching the sailing at Beijing 2008 with his dad. Watching Ben Ainslie claim his third gold medal inspired him to get his own Finn.

Jack’s dad was originally coaching him but has realised the boat is hard to crack, so the father and son team enlisted help from Rushworth Racing, Andrew Rushworth a former pre-Olympic and Asian Games coach, has been a great help with the challenges that Jack has come across while learning how to sail the Finn. The team have now got Jack on a fitness training schedule, and in April 2015 is attending the Dinghy Academy in Valencia for a week which is headed up by Luca Devotti (Finn Sliver medallist in the 2000 Olympics), to work with a range of Finn sailors from all over the world, on fitness, sailing and nutrition.

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