For the first time in history a windsurfer has won the Scotish Young Sailor of the Year award. Th honour goes to 11 year old Rhys Cornfield.
Rhys\'s list of achievements is very impressive, with 9 first placers from 13 contests in 2008, including his 2nd Scottish Championship in the 5.5m class.
He also finished 3rd in the RYA National Junior Championships at Rutland Water, and topped a highly successful season by being selected for the Scottish Windsurfing Squad. Rhys expressed his thanks and appreciation for the coaching assistance he had received from the RYA throughout the winter at the National Sailing Centre on the Isle of Cumbrae. He also recorded his appreciation of Glenmore Lodge for making their facilities available for his winter training programme. Never forgetting how his passion for windsurfing started, Rhys is always appreciative of Jonny & Andy Freshwater of Loch Insh Watersports. Without their training expertise and superb facilities none of this would have come about!
Guest speaker Stephen Park or “Sparky" as he is affectionately known in Olympic and sailing circles, made a 45 minute highly informative and inspirational presentation. Stephen will be managing Team GBR at the London Olympics and he will be hoping to replicate his incredible successes at Athens and Beijing.
A massive congratulation to Rhys and watch out for him in the future.