Jeremy Arnold (helm)
learnt to sail whilst very young, crewing in my father's 12' Skipper dinghy on
annual family holidays in Norfolk and Keyhaven, near Lymington.
Later, at the age of twelve or so, I
was very fortunate to join a school that had sailing as one of it's official
sports, and it was here that I started helming and also learnt that you could
actually racing sailing dinghies as well as simply cruising about for the fun
of it. I represented my school in the NSSA events for three years, ending up
sailing a Graduate with my friend Tim. We actually got selected to go to Jim
Saltenstall's famous Cowes training academy (now defunct), and looked set for a
glittering sailing career at the highest level - the Olympics and America's Cup
beckoned - but unfortunately rather than going to Cowes Tim had to go on a
family holiday in Wales! Bugger.
I never had much interest in the
conventional youth classes (Laser, 420 etc), and ended up sailing a Phantom for
several years, then the 2.4m keelboat. Later I messed about in catamarans a
bit, and occasionally crewed a Flying Fifteen.
It was not until I met Mike that I
began sailing seriously again, and slowly got back to the standards I had been
achieving years before.
Other Interests: Building and rebuilding cars,
boats, houses and anything expensive
Mike Pearce (crew)
sailing in 1998 at Ogston Sailing Club initially in an Enterprise. Fed up with
spending so much time in the water (Ogston's very gusty - that's my excuse and
I'm sticking to it!) I bought Flying 15 2162, a Shepherd - partly because of
that lovely keel and partly because 15's look so classic under sail.
Looking for a sailing partner for the
club's Pro/Am competition I asked Jeremy to sail with me. Under Jeremy's
guidance (the less experienced sailor has to helm in this competition) we came
a creditable 3rd and I picked up my first bit of glassware.
As a result of Jeremy's experience and
enthusiasm we decided to try competing in the open circuit this time with
Jeremy helming. We spent sometime re-rigging and improving the boat (including
moving the shrouds 6 cm at deck level to take the 's' bend out of the mast!) In
our first open meeting (Carsington in 2000) we were placed 4th. We developed
our skills and confidence on the open circuit gradually improving our
performance through the season.
Other Interests: Writing, mountain biking,
scuba diving, Gypsy Dancer.