09:00AM, Saturday 09 February 2019
James Taylor and Martin Wrigley. Credit British Sailing Team
Stoke Poges sailor James Taylor secured his first ever senior international race win at the Hempel World Cup Series in Miami this week.
Alongside helm Martin Wrigley the pair secured an international regatta race victory in the double handed single-hull dinghy on the waters of Biscayne Bay.
James and Martin have both been sailing since they were six or seven years old and have had successes in Optimists, RS Fevas and 420s under their belts. They’ve since moved into the senior ranks with the British Sailing Team and have worked as training partners for Luke Patience and Chris Grube as they prepare for Tokyo 2020.
Taylor, 22, said: “First win is pretty cool.
“We’ve been close before but it’s good to finally finish it off. Also good to see the work with Andrea (Mannini, coach) on technique and racing coming on as it’s our first event since Japan really. It was one of those races where you get to the end and you think why isn’t every race that simple?
“But it was a good start out of the middle and then hold to the left, two tacks up the first beat and sail fast. A bit of a dodgy reach hoist lost us a boat but a good first downwind then gave us a nice lead which we consolidated to stay in front. It’s a good boost as we’ve been pretty up and down.
“We find Miami pretty difficult so it’s good to know we can do it and hopefully it gives us a little kick up the backside for the last couple of days."
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