Gosport sailor Chloe Barr has just won the RYA Youth Championship for the second year running.
Consistent sailing in her Laser Radial, she scored two first, two second and two third places to win the 2018 Championship held at Largs Sailing Club on the west coast of Scotland.
Describing the extreme weather conditions for the event held between 30th March and 6th April, Chloe said “for the first three days of the competition, there was snow and far too much wind for racing until the third day. It was mentally very challenging to stay focused but to win the Youth National Championships for a second time is a great feeling. It makes all the training worthwhile. I couldn’t have won without the numerous people who have helped me to get me to where I am”.
Encouraged by her mother, Chloe started sailing at Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club. She recalls learning to sail at about the age of seven going through the RYA sailing stages and completing her first race in 2010. She recalls “ turning up with my tatty old boat and having a great time.”
From then on, the bug had obviously bitten the 19-year old and she hasn’t stopped since. She switched to a Laser Radial, one of the Youth class of boats, and with lots of cycling and many hours of training at Stokes Bay Sailing Club, found herself winning the RYA Youth Championship at Hayling Island in 2017 and again this year.
“Commenting on Chloe’s double success, the Chairman of Gosport Marine Scene, Commodore Peter Melson, said “ Chloe’s victory in the RYA Youth Championship underlines the effort devoted to youth development by Gosport sailing clubs, particularly Lee and Stokes Bay. The time put in by volunteers, afloat and ashore, is truly exceptional and this, together with Chloe’s own talent and hard work, has led to this well deserved success”