In this the 25th year of the Hurricane we look back at sailors that have enjoyed or indeed are still enjoying a very successful sailing career, that have all been Hurricane Sailors in the past.
You never know a future Olympic Champion could be amongst us now – you can but dream……..
Reg White and John Osborn 1976
Reg Whites training afloat and ashore with his brother-in-law John Osborn was singularly intense. It was rewarded with a gold medal without the necessity of sailing the last race in 1976. Unfortunately after winning his second world championship in the class in 1979, he was denied a second chance to win gold when the British sailing team was withdrawn from the Moscow Games as Russia had invaded Afghanistan. He remarked on the irony of the recent allied intervention in that country.
Reg continued to sail, develop and build the Tornado and other boats under the company name White Formula and as the business developed, he joined forces with fellow Tornado gold medallist, Yves Loday. The Anglo-French alliance produced a new range of small catamarans, starting with the Hurricane (in several sizes) and progressing to the Spitfire.
Rob White 1984 Olympics – Los Angeles
Rob White came 6th place in the 1984 Olympic games held in LA
Rob White and Jeremy Newman 1988 Olympic Games
Rob White and Jeremy Newman came 8th in the 1988 Olympic Games
David Williams and Ian Rhodes
Dave Williams and Ian Rhodes two working lads sailed a Hurricane back in the day around 1987 to 1990 our of Seasalter. they won the Travellers Trophy in the year Reg White offered the prize of an Olympic Tornado to campaign for the next Olympics. They were selected for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games sailing in the Tornado class.
This is quite an achievement considering they were two ordinary working lads that acheived success without sponsorship or Lottery funding.
Mark Bulkeley 2004
Mark has 20 years multihull sailing experience, and was a member of the very successful Skandia Team GBR for seven years, competing in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the Tornado class.
He took the Silver medal in the ISAF World championships in that class, and won two Extreme 40 championships, working as Boat Captain, mainsheet, trimmer and tactician onboard Oman Sail Masirah with Chris Draper.
He has spent much of his sailing career focusing on high performance catamarans, and has adapted to the AC45 swiftly, working closely with Chris again on the helm, rekindling their hugely successful Extreme 40 relationship.
Penny Clark 2008
Penny Clark is one of the UK’s leading sailors, specialising in Laser Radial and 470 Classes. She has been a member of the GB Squad for several years and has competed at several Global Regattas, the highlight of which was the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now deeply immersed into her training programme, Penny looks forward to representing GB again next year when Weymouth will host the 2012 Olympic Sailing competition.