land yachting enthusiast becomes British champion
land yachting enthusiast Martyn Hale has won the landsailing British
Championships this week.
61, who is a member of the Brean Land Yacht Club, and lives near
Bridgwater, has been crowned champion in the Standart Class.
competition took place over six national regattas, two at Hoylake
on the Wirral, one at Brean, one at Redcar in Yorkshire and two
on an airfield in Cambridgeshire at the Anglia club.
attended five events, winning four and coming joint second on
his home beach of Brean. Four events counted for the Championship,
so Martyn ended up with a 'perfect score'.
only took up land yachting four years ago on his retirement and
has quickly progressed in the sport.
a knee replacement operation the previous October, he managed
to sail in the World Championships in France last July, where
he had three top ten finishes in races and ended as the top British
and Irish pilot in a Standart.
said that he did not expect to win the British Championship but
it is every sportsmans dream to be a British Champion, so
he is very pleased with the result.
is a truly inclusive sport, with men and women, old and young
racing against each other," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.