Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen 2017 Serious Kit 3 728

Billy Vennis-Ozanne joins Team Allen

by Jeremy Nicholson, Allen Brothers on 23 Dec 2016 23 December 2016
Billy Vennis-Ozanne joins Team Allen © Allen Brothers

A leading contender in the 29er fleet has been signed by Team Allen. 17 year old Billy Vennis-Ozanne, sailing with Nick Robins, medalled in Bronze position at the 29er UK Nationals this year and won the Inland Championship.

Billy and Nick will be using Allen sailing hardware, designed and manufactured in the UK, to pursue their ultimate dream of a place in the 2024 Olympics team.

"Billy is being coached by Team Allen sailors Chris Rashley and Alain Sign", explained Liz Adams "So we have been hearing about him for some time. However, he first came to our notice when he made an animated video featuring models of our blocks and sent it in to us, which goes to show first impressions count! Billy has won the RS Tera Worlds and was racing in 8th place at the 29er Worlds this year, so keeping an eye on him has paid off."

Born in London, Billy started sailing when he was 5 years old and was influenced by his father and first coach, Mike Lee. In 2017 he will be contesting the 29er Eurocup 1 in Spain, the entire UK 29er GP series and the Sprint finals, the 29er Worlds in California and then after that the Europeans in France.

"It is a full programme", Billy commented, "but on the side I'll also be competing at the UK International Moth Nationals. I was disappointed not to get an invitation to the Amlin Regatta in Bermuda with the Moth, so that is a target for next year. Allen sailing equipment powers the leading Moths, as well as 49ers, so joining Team Allen is a big plus for me and a major step forward in my career."

Allen Brothers celebrated 60 years of high quality British design and manufacture this year. The company is based in Essex and prides itself on being run by sailors for sailors. To find out more about Team Allen, go to www.allensail.com

Related Articles

Interview with Ellie Wootton and Issie Speirs
Team Allen sailors move from Cadets to 420s We spoke to Ellie Wootton and Issie Speirs, Team Allen sailors in the 420 class, about how they first started sailing, their time in Cadets, being part of Team Allen, who their sailing heroes are, and how their coaches have inspired them. Posted on 24 Apr
Jamie Harris joins Team Allen
Cadet World Champion transitions to the 420 class Having won the Cadet Worlds in Argentina at New Year, the newest addition to Team Allen, Jamie Harris has successfully transitioned into the 420 class, with his new crew Harry Chatterton, and been selected for the 420 Euros in Athens this summer. Posted on 20 Apr
RYA Youth Nationals at Hayling overall
Winners crowned After five days of challenging racing at the 2017 RYA Youth Nationals, champions have been crowned across 12 classes. Posted on 14 Apr
RYA Youth Nationals at Hayling day 4
The race is on for the podium On arrival to Hayling Island Sailing Club, sailors were greeted with a two-hour postponement onshore before the expected breeze filled in to allow the full schedule of races to be completed on the penultimate day Posted on 13 Apr
RYA Youth Nationals at Hayling day 3
A blustery blast The third of day of the RYA Youth National Championships (8-14 April) brought it with it a change of pace as gusts reaching over 20 knots and choppy waves challenged the fleets. Posted on 12 Apr
RYA Youth Nationals at Hayling day 2
Action packed day in a building breeze Despite a challenging forecast, the fleet launched on time ready for day two of the Youth Nationals. A light wind first race, followed by a large wind shift, culminated in a building breeze across the courses as three races were completed by all classes. Posted on 11 Apr
RYA Youth Nationals at Hayling day 1
The sun shines on a shifty opener The RYA Youth Nationals got off to a flying start as Hayling Island witnessed some superb conditions, with the best of British youth sailing making their mark on the first day of racing (10-14 April). Posted on 10 Apr
Is the F In Fun going to be lacking in the future?
David Henshall discusses what's gone wrong Thanks to the amazing golden efforts in the 470 of Hannah Mills crewed by Saskia Clark and Giles Scott in the Finn, the UK, via the RYA, could once again claim to be the 'most successful nation' at the Rio Olympics. Posted on 10 Apr
Sailors raring to go at Youth Nationals
Boats are rigged, equipment inspected at Hayling Island Boats are rigged, equipment is inspected and sailors have completed their final preparation before racing gets underway tomorrow (Monday 10 April) at the RYA Youth National Championships at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Posted on 9 Apr
Single-handed low down
Ahead of the RYA Youth National Championship With racing at the RYA Youth National Championships now just three days away, single-handed sailors are preparing to take to the waters of Hayling Island to compete against the country's top sailors in four classes. Posted on 7 Apr