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RYA announces 2021 GBR eSailing Nations Cup Team

by Susie Nation-Grainger 15 Oct 2021 15:51 BST 17 October 2021
2021 eSailing Nations Cup © World Sailing

Following the excitement of the eSailing National Championships, a team of highly skilled and talented British eSailors have been selected to defend Great Britain's title in the eSailing Nations Cup.

The event organised by World Sailing this year sees 15 national teams compete on virtual waters in a bid to be crowned the best eSailing country in the world.

The virtual competition kicked off in September with competitors from across the world battling it out in back to back qualifier fleet races where the GBR team finished top of the rankings, earning them a buy straight to the quarter finals. Great Britain will face Denmark on Sunday 17th October at 7pm. All races are streamed on the eSailing World Championship Facebook page and World Sailing's YouTube Channel.

The top two teams will meet in the final on 06 November to battle it out to be crowned this year's eSailing Nations Cup Champions.

The 2021 GBR eSailing Nations Cup team, captained by Mike O'Donovan:

Mike O'Donovan - Team Captain

  • Race name: Déjà vu
  • Sailing Club: Stokes Bay Sailing Club / ASYC - South Region
  • Experience: 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, 2020 eSailGP World Champion, eSailing World Championship Bronze, RYA Winter Club Champion
Donnie Gillies
  • Race name: Donnie Gillies
  • Sailing Club: Castle Semple Sailing Club - Scotland
  • Experience: 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, Winner of inaugural British e-sailing championships 2019. 2nd in 1995 Scottish Champion of Champions
Alasdair Ireland
  • Race name: speedy_1
  • Sailing Club: Royal Northern & Clyde Sailing Club - Scotland
  • Experience: 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, British eSailing Champion 2020, RYA eSailing Club Champion 2020, Winner of Royal Northern & Clyde eSailing Series
Arthur Farley - GBR National Champion
  • Race name: VIT Farley
  • Sailing Club: Brading Haven Yacht Club - South Region
  • Experience: 3 x Radial national champion, eSailing world ranked no 1, eSailing World Championship finalist 2021
Adam McGovern
  • Race name: Adam McGovern
  • Sailing Club: Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club - North West Region
  • Experience: 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, 5th 2020 eSailing National Championship, GP14 eSailing Winter Champion 2021, 2019 GP14 Northern Champs - 2nd, GP14 eSailing Irish Nationals: 1st, GP14 eSailing World Championships: 4th
Jenna Snedker
  • Race name: Jenna Snedker (top ranked female GBR eSailor)
  • Sailing Club: Hayling Island Sailing Club - South region
  • Experience: Silver Medallist European Para Youth Games, previously raced Optimists competitively on IOCA circuit and at international events, currently concentrating on windsurfing and learning to wingfoil.
Cavan Fyans
  • Race name: ACF
  • Sailing Club: Ballyholme Yacht Club - Northern Ireland
  • Experience: Currently 12th worldwide ESWC rankings, 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, 2021 eSailing Nations League winner with team GBR, 2nd 2021 RYA eSailing winter champs, Speed record holder in the AC75
Will Hemsley
  • Race name: WH-GBR
  • Experience: 2nd GBR National Championships 2021, Grew up sailing Lasers.
Mark Campbell-James
  • Race name: Sideshow
  • Sailing Club: Frensham Pond Sailing Club - London & South East Region
  • Experience: Winner of the virtual Volvo Ocean Race 2012 and 3rd in 2018, 6th GBR National Championships 2021, 5 time UK National Match Racing Champion, Skippered Farr52 Bear of Britain for a number of years.
Rik Codling
  • Race name: VonPigeon
  • Sailing Club: The Woolverstone Project and Orwell Yacht Club - East Region
  • Experience: RYA East Region Winter Champion 2021, 10th GBR National Championships 2021
Darren Stansbury
  • Race name: Darrens1973
  • Experience: 7th GBR National Championships 2021, previously sailed Enterprises and Keelboats at National and European level.
Paul McCombie
  • Race name: Bell Rock (Paul McC)
  • Sailing Club: St Andrews Sailing Club - Scotland
  • Experience: 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, 1st 2020 World eWaszp Virtual Regatta, 2020 Solo Spring eSailing Champion, Sails a 27' yacht from Anstruther, races a Solo in the Scottish & UK Traveller Series, and is still getting to grips with his Waszp.
Issy Waha - Reserve
  • Race name: Issy Waha
  • Sailing Club: Royal Southern Yacht Club - South Region
  • Experience: 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, Finalist in eSailing Youth Nationals 2020, represented RSYC in the South eSailing Regional Finals 2020, represented SB20 class in RYA eSailing Spring Class Championship Final 2020
Douglas Newell - Reserve
  • Race name: TP52
  • Sailing Club: Island Sailing Club - South Region
  • Experience: 2020 eSailing Nations Cup winner with team GBR, Half tonner -Round the Island race (x8), Cowes Week (x4), double handed series Royal southern (x3), Nab tower race (x6). Boat captain / Boatbuilder Gladiator Sailing Team

Where to watch

So tune into the eSailing World Championship Facebook Page or World Sailing's YouTube Channel this Sunday at 7pm for all the action.

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