About Jake

Sailing has been quite a journey for me. I have come a long way from my first second-hand Optimist dinghy, bought by my Dad and strapped to the roof, to the competitive Laser sailor I am today. In the early days it took some time before the racing bug bit me, but when it did – my first Optimist Nationals in 2010 - it changed my life.

 

After some tough challenges and hard-fought battles in the Optimist, persistence and resilience paid off. Once I had transitioned to the Laser, I started to make some strides. After one year in the Laser 4.7 fleet, I topped the British team at the Laser 4.7 World Championships in Balaton, coming 19th overall.

 

Over the following years I moved through the RYA youth squad system in the Laser Radial and then the Standard rig (the men’s Olympic single-handed class). While I have had some tough times where the good results have been hard to find, battling through those has made the good times even sweeter.

 

Strength, method and resilience are my core values. They form the foundation for my approach to sailing and will help me overcome the challenges that lie ahead.

 

But other interests and sports help keep me balanced. I love playing team sports, particularly football and cricket, which are a good contrast to single-handed sailing.  I have also work part time as a data scientist for an investment company as I really enjoy that and it allows me to pay for my expensive habit. I recently have moved down to Weymouth so I can be closer to the epicentre of sailing in the UK.