Ben Whaley

Ben Whaley

Ben Whaley

Class of Boat: Laser Radial

Helm/Crew: Helm

Nickname (and why?):  Whales maybe to do with my surname

Why did you start sailing and where?: My Dad took me out on his Dart 15 and I thought I'd give it a try and crew for him in Swanage when I was 5.

Favourite UK or International sailing venue?: Moss, Norway

Best sailing achievement so far?: Getting selected for the Laser Radial Youth Squad

What's your next sailing goal?: To win the Youth Nationals

First sailing coach/mentor?: Doug Horner

World Sailing Rules - Most influential racing rule and why?: Rule 16 - Changing Course - Some people don't think that it applies in some protests

Funniest time on the water and where?: When I freaked out whilst standing on a sandbank in Poole Harbour because I didn't think it was possible to stand up on the sandbanks at low tide.

Favourite VR Race Team kit and why?: 

Top 3 Most Played iTunes tracks?: Ooh Ahh - The Gritts, Midnight City - M83, Kids - The New Division

Favourite energy food – Haribo/Chocolate/Bacon Sarnie/Banana/Other?: Fruit Factory Fruit Strings

Favourite sailing drink – Hot chocolate/Lucozade/Seawater/Mug of Tea/Other?: 50% orange juice/ 50% water

What do you get up to when you aren’t out on the water?: Cycling, reading, football, rugby and other sports

Highlight of the 2016 season?: 

What are you most looking forward to in 2016/7?: