GB Team Triumphs in the Youth America's Cup
After a nail biting final race, Britain's youth America's Cup sailors from the
Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup
Champions in Bermuda.
The British entry completed 12 races against 12 other nations on Bermuda's Great
Sound to take the title and finished the event with 50 points, just two points
ahead of second placed New Zealand Sailing Team and eight points ahead of
Switzerland's Team Tilt.
Annabel receiving her award from
Karen Henderson-Williams at our 2016 prize giving.
Royal Southern member Annabel Vose competed as tactician, the only female sailor
in the fleet. Annabel was the first female sailor to be selected by the Land
Rover BAR Academy. Annabel is one of Britain's most talented young sailors;
winner of four World Championships, one European and ten National titles, across
a multitude of classes and disciplines.
Annabel has just completed her final year of a four year undergraduate masters
course in Engineering, the result of a long-term fascination with maths, physics
and sailing. Her final design project was a foiling catamaran, so there was
plenty of synergy with the Land Rover BAR project.
Annabel Vose grew up in Southampton, and learned to sail on the River Hamble at
the Royal Southern Yacht Club "Splash Week" - a week of boating fun aimed at
children that takes place every school summer holiday.
"I grew up with sailing, the activity for family holidays was always sailing,
and I started racing in Optimists and just carried on racing through many
classes and I still love to sail at Southampton University, where I am studying
Ship Science - Marine Engineering. I actually had exams just prior to coming to
Bermuda, and I was allowed to do the last exam a day early so that I could get
out for the Youth AC.
To apply to the BAR Academy I was asked to come in for a sailing trial, and a
fitness test and to meet the other sailors. Following the trial, I was told to
go away and do some more catamaran sailing and foiling. It was a bit of a set
back and I was a little disappointed. I reacted to that by taking an internship
with North Sails and starred racing M32 and foiling with GC32s. Looking back on
that now, getting involved with those boats has really improved my sailing and I
was delighted when I was then selected for the BAR Academy team.
We came out to Bermuda in April for a week's training camp, racing the AC45s,
which was really helpful and because most of our team had raced on the GC32s, we
had probably done more hours in foiling catamarans than any other team in
Annabel, you are the only female sailor that has been competing in Bermuda,
either in the AC50s or AC45s, why is that?
"I guess that is because of the physicality, and it is a bit of an unknown, as
to whether a girl could manage that aspect. Hopefully that unknown has now gone
away and it will be passed down to the next generation of the BAR Academy and to
Women sailors can train to get as strong as they need to be to
meet the physicality of this type of racing. We have had really good support
from conditioning coaches and I have reached the level of strength required so I
don't think strength is an issue. As a tactician, when your blood is running a
lot faster, trying to stay calm and look at the bigger picture, does become more
difficult. However, if you achieve the level of fitness required, you will make
better decisions when you are putting in physical effort or when the pressure is
What advice would you give to a young aspiring
"If anyone wants to do this, they can. Hopefully what I have shown here is that
given the right opportunity and given the right support, you can be successful.
During this whole process, there has never been any gender division, it just
came down to who can do the job better, regardless of whether it is a girl or a
What your next sailing competition?
"The Round the Island Race on Louise Morton's Quarter Tonner Bullit, with an
all-girls team, which will be very different! After that, well I have been so
busy with finishing University and competing in the Youth America's cup, that I
really haven't planned any other sailing this summer but I am open to the right
offer! I am planning to take a bit of time off from sailing.
I have loved the sailing that I have done with the team and a key things has
been to enjoy it but I have also really enjoyed my degree, so my plans are to
get a job in engineering and enjoy my sailing at the weekends, for now."
Annabel Vose was speaking to Royal Southern Yacht Club Race Reporter, Louay
Annabel in action in Bermuda
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