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28 Apr 2015

BBC Radio Derby interviews RYA Youth Champion at Staunton Harold Sailing Club


Following on from Ellie Craig being awarded RYA’s East Midlands Youth Champion for the second year running, BBC Radio Derby’s Sally Pepper came along to the club to find out what makes a youth champion and have a go at sailing.


The day was a perfect day for sailing, warm, sunny and more importantly had just the right amount of wind! Sally asked Ellie about what it takes to be a sailor – her fitness levels, training and how long it has taken her to rise to the top, sailing alongside Olympic sailors at such a young age. All whilst on the water – not to worry though, thanks to some excellent sailing the microphone stayed dry throughout! Ellie gave some great answers and anyone interested in finding out what it takes to get to the top of sport should listen in to this inspirational interview – bear in mind that Ellie who is now competing in Laser Radials against both youth and adult sailors, is only 15 years old.


Ellie took Sally through some key manoeuvres and then handed her the helm. Sally, who has never sailed before, proved to be a complete natural, she mastered tacking and gybing and managed to make it all look very easy!


Louise Craig – put sailing in the spotlight from a parent’s point of view for the listening audience and then Nigel Fern rounded the interview up with details of how accessible sailing is for all and the great value for money sport that it is.


The programme aired on Wednesday 15th April on Sally Pepper’s morning show on: 104.5, 95.3 and 96FM, 1116AM, online and mobile. To listen to it on iPlayer go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02n9fpt


A big thank you goes to Ellie for taking Sally through her paces out on the water whilst being interviewed the entire time, and also to Louise Craig, Nigel Craig and Nigel Fern for supporting on the safety boat and being ready to be interviewed on the spot.