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Stakes are high for 2018 Endeavour glory

by Ben Harden, Allen 5 Oct 12:00 BST 12-14 October 2018
2017 Champions Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis © Roger Mant Photography

The Endeavour Trophy takes place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-On-Crouch, from 12-14 October. It is the only event of its type in the dinghy sailing calendar. Entry is by invitation only and to be considered sailors must be reigning champion in their class. It is truly a competition to find the best of the best.

This year, there are 30 classes competing and the runners and riders include returning champions Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis. Saxton is a member of the British Sailing squad for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and has won the Endeavour 3 years in a row with crew Toby.

Nick Craig, the reigning D One champion and 2017 runner up will also be returning and is looking forward to another weekend of close racing, Nick commented, "We are very much looking forward to the Endeavour as it is still so prestigious and attracts the top talent in the UK. The event is so well run on and off the water. With 8 tough races, it feels like a weeklong Championship in a weekend. I only wish racing was like this every weekend!"

The further 28 classes are being represented by the cream of British dinghy racing. Three of which are members of Team Allen, the company's squad of racers who aid research and development of its products. They are Rhys Lewis / Drew Wright (420 National Champions), Chris Birrell/ Sam Brearey (Merlin Rocket National Champions) and Burnham-on-Crouch sailor Ben Hutton-Penman (RSFeva & RS Aero 5 World champion).

Allen Brothers manufactures high-performance sailing hardware at its factory in Southminster, Essex. The company's hardware is used by many of the British Sailing squad which will be competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The company has a policy of innovation and development relying on feedback from its elite sailors, Team Allen.

The full Entry List for the 2018 Endeavour Trophy comprises:

ClassHelm Crew
420Rhys LewisDrew Wright
470Jonny McGovernSarah McGovern
2000Simon HorsfieldKatie Burridge
2017 Champion Ben SaxtonToby Lewis
29erEwan WilsonFin Armstrong
BlazeCharlie ChandlerOwain Hughes
ByteTom LonsdaleEmma Peason
CadetAngus CollingridgeHattie Collingridge
CometChris HattonCharlie Sansom
D OneNick CraigEmma Clarke
D ZeroSteve BollandAlistair Norris
FireballMatt BurgeTom Pygall
K1Paul SmalleyMari Shepherd
LarkChris WhiteNicola White
MothJim McMillanPaul Gliddon
Merlin RocketChristian BirrellSam Brearey
National 12Graham CammZoe Ballantyne
National 18Oliver HousemanDoug Nestor
Optimist Emily MuellerFlorence Brellisford
Laser 4.7Lorcan KnowlesAnnabel Page
RS Aero 5Ben Hutton‑PenmanJames Hutton‑Penman
RS Aero 9Steve CockerillSarah Cockerill
RS FevaWilliam PankSeb Getto
RS200Maria StanleyAlan Roberts
RS400Stewart RobertsonSarah Robertson
RS600Richard SmithLynne Ratcliffe
RS800Tom MorrisGuy Fillmore
ScorpionAlan Krailing Simon Forbes
SupernovaSam KnightSteve Hawley
Thames A RaterSimon Blake James Warren

Further information is available at royalcorinthian.co.uk/endeavour

Live streams of the event will be available from www.facebook.com/AllenBrothersSailing

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