Sam Sills

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Talented teenager Sam already has a list of windsurfing achievements longer than many pro’s. His exploits in the youth racing classes place him among the best racers in the world in his age group, with European and World Titles. He has recently stepped up to the RS-X class where a successful career lies ahead, already picking up a superb bronze medal at the RS-X Youth Worlds! 

Sam’s friendly, approachable nature make him a popular face on the race circuit and a hero to the younger generation. With talent that extends well beyond course racing, he competes in slalom to a very high level, speed sails when conditions allow and can be found shredding waves at home on the north Cornish coast whether on a surfboard, S.U.P. board or his new Edge sails and Starboard Quad.

Sam Sills

2 Jul 2014

RS:X European Championships

SO…. I’m out in Cesme, Turkey with the British Sailing Team.  Conditions are sorching hot and windy!

The level of the all the athletes out here is amazing and to be on the water again is such a good feeling. We have had 2 days racing with wind conditions from between 13 – 20 knots plus, humungus courses! Just to see the windward mark is already tough. I’m currently in 32nd and made the gold fleet, and the forecast looks insane for the finals of the regatta.. it will be a dream come true if the 30 knots winds arrive as predicted.

To be racing with the best guys in the world in extreme conditions is a great honour, I hope the race officer is nuts enough to let us out :P!!!!!

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17 Jul 2013

Sail for Gold and European Championships

Sat at the airport o n the way back from Rsx Europeans, it’s been a crazy few weeks. Once exams were finished we went straight to Weymouth for Sail For gold were there was only 6 of us racing, really close fun racing for 5 days.

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After a little weekend break we were back on the water as a team training hard for the Europeans. We spent 10 days in Weymouth again working on mainly light wind starts and pumping in anticipation for the conditions in Brest Harbour were the Europeans were going to be held.  We had lot of fun, and our coach pushed us pretty hard and started putting pressure on us so we knew what to expect before the event.  For example giving forfeits to the losers..  For 2 days the forfeit was to swim the course unless you were first. We were lucky enough to race with the World Champion Nick Dempsey however this meant a lot of swimming…

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Sunset and Relaxation during the training camp

After the camp we all travelled down to Plymouth to catch a ferry over to Roscoff. The guys were all loaded up in the RYA Volvo and I was in my car “Steven” with mum. Probably the easiest journey to an event I’ve ever done.. jumped on the ferry, hung out on the topdeck for a bit, went to sleep and woke up in France with only a 45min ride up to Brest!!

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Once unpacked and sorted we headed out into the harbour to check out the conditions and work out what was going on with the tide. We watched a few races and decided that this event was going to be pretty tough with huge shifts and gusts all over the course, along with a 2 knot tide across the middle!! Someone referred it to playing chess with a kid moving the chess pieces.

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Coach Leo Mcallin behind the wheel. 

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Opening Ceremony

After few days training and preparing we were ready for the regatta, you could feel the atmosphere was filled with excitement, nerves and the smell of fresh pancakes from the local sailing club.

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Pancake Lady!

The first day was a nice 18-19 knot wind from the south, blowing straight down the harbour and the tide ripping in the same direction to. Of course totally the opposite to what we had just spent 3 days training in. The racing was quite interesting as there was a big hill and the wind was bending and funnelling around it making the course what we call a “gain feature day”.  Effectively making the race a speed race to the hill and quick tack to the mark.

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RSX Start

For the second day it was offshore, completely crazy wind and lots of seaweed. I had what is know as a “mare”, short for nightmare on this day and destroyed my regatta with an OCS and almost DFL, which stands for “Dead F****** Last”.  This was a particularly tough day as there was a lot of pressure to perform well at this event and these 2 races meant I would score in the silver fleet and not be able to make higher than 28th… 

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Wisdom found in a cup of tea after a regatta nightmare.

At an RSX event there is 6 days, with the first 2 being qualification, rest day, then 3 more days of racing.  Normally on the rest day you travel around, enjoy and take in the scenery,  however most of the British 9.5 team spent their time peeling off flags from our sails. We thought we were geniuses to cut the flag to fit perfectly around the seams in the sail… apparently the British flag does not have a big black seam through it and in fact if we did not change them back there would be a 5 point penalty every race.. luckily people were kind enough to lend us spares and we patched everything up before the penalty’s were incurred.

The rest day actually turned into a rest 2 days as there was no wind and we spent the whole day waiting, the gold fleet got sent out and then the silver were cancelled, so most of the silver fleet actually went to the beach to relax and cool off after hot day waiting around. 

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Waiting for wind

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North Coast of Brittany, silver fleet only.. 

Finally over the last 2 days the silver fleet got some racing and I scored two 1st  and a 2nd but unfortunately it still wasn’t enough to get very high in the results and I finished 32nd overall.  

The mens podium it was a pretty tight battle and in the end consisted of Byron Kokkalanis 1st, Shahar Zubari 2nd and Pierre Le Coq in 3rd and Nick Dempsey in 4th.  For the women again it was an incredibly tight battle, with Charline Picon 1st, Bryony Shaw 2nd and Blanca Manchon 3rd.

After numerous pancakes and celebration at the medal ceremony. Israeli team took over the stage and started huge party, everyone going mental! Then went to a bar were everyone was dancing on tables and crowd surfing to celebrate a hard week of racing in France!

Big congratulations to all the Brits that did well, it was super tough week but I think everyone enjoyed and gained a lot of experience from the regatta. I know I did and cant wait for the summers training to improve and test out everything at the next regatta, held in La Rochelle, France at the beginning of September.

Want to thank British Sailing Team for all their support and training, Tushingham Sails and Starboard and also my parents for being general legends and supporting us.

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Medal Ceremony over looking the harbour. 

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9 Apr 2013

Palma RSX Training Camp and Regatta

I have some news for you finally!!!! Sorry nothings really happened for while, I’ve been drowning in books for couple months. Although we been designing a 50m super yacht which has been pretty awesome.. soon the term will be over and I’ll have lots to talk about for the summer!

SO just got back from tremendous 2 weeks in Palma, we had 1 week training camp and then went into the regatta.. I cant tell you how awesome it was to be racing RSX again after all the kite confusion… totally amazing, kite racing is fun but its just not the same.   The level of competition was pretty high with a lot of youths stepping forward having gone full time! 

Really learnt a lot and enjoyed it so much, we had every race planning apart from 1!  It was pretty tricky conditions, sometimes only just planning, sometimes offshore shifty from the mountains and sometimes 30 knots with huge steep waves! 

GBR leading the line

Also I got a great insight into the world of some of the Olympians, I was staying in a hotel with all the Olympic coaches and often found myself at dinner sitting next to legends such as Sarah Web! which was really awesome experience to listen about there journeys.

Enjoying the Sunset - not something we have seen recently in the UK!

Back in the UK I have not been able to get on the water that much due to Uni work and the fact that it has been freeeeezing!!

I’ve decided I really want to get into some paddle board racing! A lot of the Olympians are using it for there physical training now and I think could be cool around Southampton!  Any suggestions on where to start would be greatly appreciated :-)? 

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