Jamie Harris has had an exciting year. Winning the Cadet Worlds and then transitioning into the 420.
Here is a short summary by Jamie of his year.
2017 started with leaving the Cadet class after winning the World Championships in Argentina in January. Then I fully transitioning into the 420 as a helm, I qualified with my crew Harry Chatterton for the Europeans which were to be held in Athens, whilst also qualifying for the RYA Summer Youth Squad. My summer was absolutely jam packed with sailing, starting with the 420 French Nationals and Europeans which were both extremely tough events and although I was not successful, I learnt a lot and had a huge amount of fun. Then back in England for the RS200 Nationals in which I finished a solid 40th. Whilst I was in Tenby, my sister Bettine Harris, won the Cadet Nationals in Abersoch, granting her entry into the Endeavour Trophy 2017, it being our third Endeavour as a sibling team, however this time I was in the front, the highlight of the event was definitely overtaking Steve Cockerill and beating Ben Saxton to the Windward on the Sunday!
This Autumn, I chose to give crewing a go, and teamed up with Tom Collyer, for our first 420 event as a pair we qualified for RYA Youth Squad, since then there has been a lot of training with our focus being the Summer overseas events next year! Next week I will be heading out to Palamos for the 42nd Christmas Race.
All the Allen kit I have used has been absolutely superb and I am extremely proud to be an ambassador, I have relied on Allen shackles and blocks and they have never let me down, especially the blocks for my kicker which runs very smoothly under the extremely high forces. One of my personal favourites is the Allen Aerovane which is slick and smart whilst also staying put on the top of the mast even after a capsize.