I would like to extend my thanks to the Old Wandsworthians for supporting me in what has been another fantastic year for me. As a result of the grant given to me, I have been able to lead Durham University Sailing Club (DUSC) to their most successful result ever in Team Racing and second best result in Match Racing. As DUSC Team Racing Squad Captain I set an aim to get Durham securely into the top 8 and challenge for the top spot.
Despite being one of only two teams to beat the eventual winners, Cambridge 1, we finished 5th, securing the first BUCS Points for the university in over 2 years. After the high of this event, myself and two others went on to the BUCS Match Racing Championships, held at the Olympic venue, Weymouth and Portland Sailing Club. Here we managed to continue the good work from the rest of the year and reached the quarter-finals once again.
Unfortunately we narrowly lost out (by 1 metre in the deciding race!) to Southampton and missed out on the semi-finals, thankfully rectifying this by winning all our remaining races and finishing 5th. These two superb results were a fantastic way to finish the first year that Durham had ever had 4 teams, and had experienced the largest participation rates in 5 years and got back to winning ways! I have also continued sailing with the Royal Thames Yacht Club, most notably helming for them at the European 2K Team Racing Tour Grand Finals in Monaco at the beginning of December.
All the while, I was able to continue playing 2nd XI Hockey for Durham University, playing both in the National Men’s League and 2nd Tier Student League. Finally, the year was topped off finding out I had achieved a high Class II (Division 1) in my second year of University and secured a Summer Internship with the Royal Bank of Scotland from which I was subsequently offered a graduate role to commence in September 2016.
My thanks go once again to all Old Wandsworthians for their support and assistance, allowing me to continue to thrive at university, it will forever be appreciated.