12 year old Quinn Edmonds from Bristol is the winner of the Allen Academy Optimist and will race in the UK Optimist series with support from Allen Brothers, Ovington Boats and North Sails.
Here pictured collecting his brand new Optimist from Liz Adams, MD of Allen Brothers, Quinn was excited to receive his prize. “I have been racing my old Optimist “Flapjack” and managed to improve my results in the Inland Championships this year, so I cannot wait to get out there in my new boat” he explained.
Liz Adams added, “Quinn is a deserving winner and it was great to see how excited he was when he and his father, Nick collected the boat. Allen supports youth sailing and in an Olympic year when we have two Team Allen sailors going to Rio it is wonderful to be supporting a promising young sailor starting out in his career.”
The Allen Academy Optimist Award was started at the RYA Dinghy Show earlier this year to offer a deserving young Optimist sailor a new boat. Supported by Ovington Boats and North Sails, the winner receives the boat for one racing season and returns the boat to be refurbished for next year’s winner. The winner will also receive advice from Team Allen sailors and technical support.