Ellie Gibson

Ellie Gibson

Ellie Gibson

Class of Boat & Board: Snipe and Techno 293

Styles of Windsurfing: Racing and Freeriding

Nickname (and why?): Ellie (and never Eleanor!)

Helm/Crew: Solo on the windsurfer. Crew in the Snipe - hiking hard and staying out of the way of the helm (my sister Jenna)!

Why did you start sailing and where?: Windsurfing at Hythe with the 'Hythe Hotshots' T15 team. Sailing Snipe on the Galgenweel in Antwerp.

Favourite UK or International sailing venue?: Weymouth Habour and Stromness, Orkney

Best sailing achievement so far?: Winning some T15 and Zone Champs events. Good results at Ostend North Sea Cup. Part of the team that won T15 'UK Champions Cup'. 

What's your next sailing goal?: To get consistent results in UKWA and try shortboarding, formula boards, slalom racing and bigger sails!

First sailing coach/mentor?: My Dad and Marc Carney

World Sailing Rules - Most influential racing rule and why?: Starboard - I like shouting it VERY loudly!

Funniest time on the water and where?: A no wind event at Bewl Valley. My sister, friend and I rigged up and tied our boards together. It was the worst windsurfing conditions but the funniest time on the water!

Favourite VR Race Team kit and why?: The VR Race Team bib - what else!

Top 3 Most Played iTunes tracks?: Babe I'm Yours - Whilk and Misky, Naive - The Kooks, Are You Mine? - Arctic Monkeys

Favourite energy food – Haribo/Chocolate/Bacon Sarnie/Banana/Other?: Bacon sandwich with extra bacon

Favourite sailing drink – Hot chocolate/Lucozade/Seawater/Mug of Tea/Other?: I do drink a lot of seawater, but prefer hot sweet tea

What do you get up to when you aren’t out on the water?: Watch Winguru and dream....

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