ISLAND OPTIMIST STARS JOIN RIO SAILORS ON BBC BREAKFAST

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UPDATED: Last month Paralympic gold medalist Helena Lucas, Olympians Alyson Young and Nick Thompson, along with Mike Bushell from the BBC, were joined by 4 sailors from Gurnard Sailing Club to film a feature on sailing that will be broadcast on BBC Breakfast on tomorrow (Saturday 15th October).

This program will now air on 22nd October.

The 4 sailors – Cameron Hook, Oliver Evans, Freya Sewell and Haydn Sewell – had an amazing day sharing sailing stories and getting hints and tips from the Rio 2016 stars while being interviewed by the BBC on and off the water.

Freya Sewell joined Nick and Alyson, who are both World Champions in Laser dinghies, to sail a RS Vision in front of the cameras, while the 3 boys showed off their skills in  their Optimists. It was then all change as everyone swapped boats with the Olympic Laser stars going back a few years to get back in an Optimist, with Freya jumping in one too, and Cameron, Oliver and Haydn taking over the controls of the vision.

Meeting and getting advice from sailors at the top of their game came at a really good time for the youngsters who are all involved in events at this time of year which determine what training squads they will be in over winter.

In the Optimist fleet Haydn and Oliver are no strangers to success themselves. They are both in the National squad for winter training and Haydn won the Southern Area Champions and Oliver the Southern Traveller Series earlier year. There was still much gain from the sailing stars though,

Oliver commented:

“It was so great to meet and have loads of time to chat with sailors who went to Rio, I learnt so much from them”.

As well as have the opportunity to spend the day with top sailing talent, try on a gold medal, experience being filmed and interviewed for TV, the 4 were presented with special addition Volvo branded Spinlock buoyancy aids for their great work.

Summing up the day Haydn said:

“It was a fantastic day and fantastic opportunity. We can’t thank everyone involved enough for inviting us to take part.”

You can see the sailing stars of today and tomorrow on the BBC Breakfast show on Saturday 15th October throughout the morning from 06:30.

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