In­ner-city teen wins Young Sailor of the Year

Yachting Monthly - - NEWS -

A young sailor from in­ner-city Lon­don has won the Yacht­ing Jour­nal­ists’ As­so­ci­a­tion (YJA) award for Young Sailor of the Year 2017.

Mon­tel Fa­gan-jor­dan, 17, from Tot­ten­ham in north-east Lon­don, was given the pres­ti­gious award for his part in Pro­ject Scaramouche as lead helms­man dur­ing the Fast­net Race.

The school pro­ject saw a group of pupils from Greig City Academy fundraise, buy and re­store an Ad­mi­ral’s Cup yacht and race her in a num­ber of re­gat­tas in­clud­ing Round the Is­land Race, Cowes Week, and the Fast­net Race.

Mon­tel was lead helms­man on the yacht and calmly kept con­trol on board, in­clud­ing helm­ing at night un­der spin­naker in wors­en­ing con­di­tions. On win­ning the award, he said, ‘I never thought I would be named Young Sailor of the Year. I couldn’t have done this with­out the back­ing of my par­ents, school, and our spon­sors. Sail­ing is a huge part of my life now, but I know I’ve still got lots to learn.’

The YJA also recog­nised Alex Thom­son with the Yachts­man of the Year Award for his achieve­ment in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe Race. Dur­ing the race, he set mul­ti­ple records and only nar­rowly came in sec­ond place, de­spite los­ing one of his foils early on.

Alex saw off com­pe­ti­tion from Moth world cham­pion Paul Good­i­son and 49er world cham­pi­ons Dy­lan Fletcher and Stu­art Bithell to take the award.

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