Our names are George Yeoman and Sophie Ormsby and we have been lucky enough to be invited to join Team Rooster, so this is our first blog post!
So to start with a little insight into what we have both been upto. I (George) started sailing at Chichester Yacht Club when I was about 8 in an oppy and have since then worked my way through the squads through Mirrors and 420s. going to Europeans and Worlds each respectively. Since then I have been sailing RS200s, Fireflys. XODs, SB20s, anything I can get my hands on really. While at Uni I did alot of match racing which culminated in becoming FISU Match Racing World Champion. I also did alot of team racing and represented GBR at the ISAF World Championships as captain of the BUSA team. Sophie went a slightly different route and while she sailed in the summer in Yarmouth in Oppys, Picos, 420s, 29ers, she spent most of her time playing Lacrosse where she played county, as well as being 1st Team captain of tennis at school. When she went to Uni she got into team racing and represented the Exeter 1st team, as well as being crowned BUSA Fleet Racing champion in 2010-11.
We first joined forces in an ill advised trip down from Newcastle to Exeter for the 'Excalibur' (it is a VERY long way for a weekend!) and have never looked back since! We have been through the standard Forming-Storming (spent ALOT of time here)-Norming (probably where we are now)- and now we are looking forward to Performing with the help of Steve and his fantastic insight and of course a bit of Rooster clothing here or there. As a team we have been 3rd at the Firefly nationals (1st u22), Silver medalists at the 2k Team Racing Europeans and most recently won the CYC Snowflake, back to where it all began!
This season we are looking forward to taking on the RS200 circuit, nationals in Mounts Bay and Eurocup in Carnac, France. However, that is not before the team racing season finishes. We are currently sailing as part of the Itchenor Fighting Camels, where the whole team is post uni Itchenor SC members and so far its been going well. However, nothing counts for anything until the Wilson Trophy in West Kirby in May. It's the pinnacle of UK Team Racing and only the strongest survive, with 2 parties and 1 "sit down" dinner in the space of 3 days!
Anyway, we will try to keep you updated with what we have been up to along the way. If you see us at an event please come say hi. We are always wanting to learn/share with whoever is around, after all there is no 'I' in team (although there are 5 in 'Individual Brilliance') and that is what sailing is all about, blasting round in a F5 with your mates!