YOUNG WINDSURFER WINS 2018 JERSEY CLIPPER BURSARY
A young windsurfer, keen to teach the sport to a new generation, has been awarded the 12th annual Jersey Clipper Bursary, made in association with the Jersey branch of Swiss bank UBS.
The £1,000 award will help to fund 17-year-old Henry Horton’s training for a windsurfing teaching qualification at the Galloway Activity Centre in Scotland.
In addition, the Jersey Clipper Bursary trustees have presented a runner’s up award of £500 to 19-year-
old Hannah Behan to help fund the cost of an ocean voyage aboard the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s tall ship
Henry, currently studying for his A-levels at Victoria College, is one of the Island’s top windsurfers and represented Jersey in the 2015 Natwest Island Games.
‘There are very few qualified windsurfing instructors in Jersey,’ he explained. ‘I would like to gain an RYA qualification in order to teach young people windsurfing to RYA standard.
‘I think this is an important issue because there is a large generation gap in the sport, from adults over
40 to my age of 17 and younger, as currently the only way to get into windsurfing is through either friends or family.
‘If I can obtain an RYA qualification it will enable a higher quality of teaching and therefore stimulate the growth of windsurfing in Jersey.’
The bursary will cover Henry’s course fees and travel expenses and also help him with the cost of competing in national events such as the Tiree and Cornwall Wave Classics later this year.
Hannah (19), a former dinghy sailor and instructor at St Catherine’s Sailing Club, is currently taking a gap year before studying mathematics at university in Sweden. She will join Tenacious for a six-week voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Antigua in the West Indies to Southampton.
‘While on the trip I will be completing the JST’s Leadership@Sea programme which includes modules ranging from sail setting and helming to the galley and engine room knowledge,’ said Hannah.
‘I decided that I would like to sail on a tall ship as I have a strong interest in sailing. I recently completed my RYA Day Skipper Theory and am hoping to do the practical part of the course this summer.
‘I would especially like to sail on a tall ship as I have a relative who helped to build HMS Elephant, Nelson’s flagship in the Battle of Copenhagen, and would like to experience being on a similar vessel.’
The annual Jersey Clipper Bursary, a legacy from the three Jersey campaigns in the Clipper Round-the-World Race, was established in 2007 through the generosity of Dandara, Les Pas Holdings and UBS.
2017 JERSEY CLIPPER BURSARY GOES TO ONE OF BRITAIN’S TOP YOUNG SAILORS
St Catherine’s Sailing Club assistant instructor Tom Pollard has been awarded the 2017 Jersey Clipper Bursary, worth £1,000.
The award, made in association with the Jersey branch of Swiss bank UBS, helped to fund the 16-year-old’s participation representing Great Britain in the Laser 4.7 World Championships held in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, in July.
In addition, thanks to an anonymous donation, the Jersey Clipper Bursary trustees have been able to present a runner’s up award of £500 to 17-year-old Hobie Cat sailor Ollie Voak who travelled to Noordwijk in Holland to race in the European Multihull Championships.
‘I feel very honoured and proud to be selected as the winner of the Jersey Clipper Bursary,’ said Tom, on receiving his award, ‘and I look forward to the opportunities it will provide.
‘I have also been selected to represent Great Britain in the Laser Radial Youth World Championships taking place in Medemblik, Holland, in August, and with these international experiences I hope to inspire the younger members of St Catherine’s Sailing Club and help to improve the standard of sailing.’
Ollie Voak, who like Tom goes to Victoria College, has been racing Hobie Cats since he was ten.
‘Competing in the Europeans against world-class sailors of many different nationalities has long been a personal goal,’ he said, ‘and the award will make a big difference to me in funding this exciting challenge.’
The annual Jersey Clipper Bursary, a legacy from the three Jersey campaigns in the Clipper Round-the-World Race, was established in 2007 through the generosity of Dandara, Les Pas Holdings and UBS. Further funding has since been provided by local boat-owner Nigel Philpott, the Island’s three former Harbourmasters – Capt Roy Bullen, Capt Brian Nibbs and Capt Howard Le Cornu – and, most recently, UBS.